Predator Ridge homeowners toast Habitat for Humanity during the Oktoberfest celebration at Predator Ridge Resort.  The event raised $52

Predator Ridge homeowners toast Habitat for Humanity during the Oktoberfest celebration at Predator Ridge Resort. The event raised $52

Oktoberfest helps Habitat

Oktoberfest at Predator Ridge Resort raised $52,000 for the local Habitat for Humanity.

Efforts to expand affordable housing have received a major boost in Vernon.

Oktoberfest at Predator Ridge Resort raised $52,000 for the local Habitat for Humanity.

“One hundred percent of the money raised will go towards Habitat for Humanity’s next build,” said Glory Westwell, chapter chairperson.

“As a matter of fact, right after the successful event, the committee put in an offer to purchase a piece of property in Vernon and the offer has been accepted.”

As soon as the weather permits in the spring, the chapter will demolish the existing building on the land and build a duplex.

The inaugural Oktoberfest attracted 103 people.

Although Predator Ridge homeowners have been raising funds monthly for the campaign, this was the first dinner event.

“The excitement for the event grew and more and more people wanted to be a part of it,” said Westwell.

“We had local merchants donating product for the dinner and the Predator Ridge staff got involved with more generous support. I could go on and on about how wonderful and supportive everyone at Predator Ridge has been, but the focus is really on the generous support of our community raising $52,000.”

Over the winter, Habitat for Humanity will look for volunteers to assist with the housing project.  If you are interested, e-mail volunteer@vernonhabitat.com.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Vernon chapter or to donate, visit www.vernonhabitat.com.