Community members are asking for donations to support safe and affordable housing for Watauga Habitat for Humanity’s 2021 Big Kahuna Campaign.

Local “movers and shakers” have volunteered to participate in a friendly,
competition to see who can raise the most money to support Habitat’s affordable
housing program. The winning team will be crowned The Big Kahuna on June 10 th at
Booneshine Brewing Company. With less than two weeks remaining, the 2021 Kahuna
Campaign has raised $30,600 so far. Past winners include Linda Robinson of Premier
Sotheby’s, Justin Davis of Blowing Rock Town Tavern, Jenny Miller/Community
Volunteer, Crystal Smith formerly of Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Ginny Walker of
Mountain Times Publications. In 2020, Watauga Habitat’s recruited Kahuna teams
replacing individual participants and the winning team was Three Kahunas and a Guy
(Jenny Miller, John Dean, Jane Meyers, and Susan Devine) raising close to $12,000.
Over the past six years, Habitat’s Big Kahuna Campaign has raised more than
$230,000.

“I think you will all agree that now, more than ever, people need a safe place to call
home. Families need affordable housing so that they can provide food on their tables,
pay their medical bills and pay for their children's education,” said Allison Jennings,
Director of Development for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “The cost of new home
construction and affordable housing has sky-rocketed and is becoming out-of-reach for
many members of our community. Watauga Habitat for Humanity invites you to support
the 2021 Kahuna campaign and be a part of providing solutions to home affordability,”
said Jennings.


This year eighteen affordable housing advocates have joined together to create four
teams ensuring the 2021 Kahuna Campaign a successful year. Participating teams are
App State’s Lambda Chi Alpha (Trey Knox, Caden Bondurant, Nicolas Lopina, Liam
McHale, and Mason Zlotnick), Wonder Women (Ella Jennings, Traci Royster, Nikki
Crees and Allyson Medlin), Boone Business Exchange (Kelley Harrison, Karl Mohr,
Stacey Gibson, and Lori Holton) and Boone Sunrise Rotary (Gary Moss, Lane
Robinson, Caroline Poteat, Hanes Boren and Lynne Mason).

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our community has been a
top priority,” said Jennings. “We have had to create innovative ways to continue to
advance our mission including virtual fundraising events while limiting volunteer
engagement. We are thankful for everything our community has done over the last year
to take precautions against the spread of COVID-19. We are looking forward to finally
gathering in person at Booneshine Brewing on June 10 th for the Crowning of the 2021
Big Kahuna Team.”

Each Kahuna team and participant has their own donation page at
https://charity.pledgeit.org/BigKahuna2021 or donations can be mailed to Watauga
Habitat PO Box 33DTS, Boone, NC 28607.

“Families were already struggling before the public health crisis began. Our neighbors
continue to face uncertainty as they struggle to find an affordable place to live and
achieve the American Dream of homeownership. With your support, Watauga Habitat
for Humanity stands ready to build back alongside these families. You can make a
difference by donating to the Kahuna Campaign,” said Jennings.

About Watauga Habitat for Humanity:
Part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, Watauga Habitat for Humanity works to
eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, and more financially stable life by providing
homebuyers with a decent and affordable place to call home. Homebuyers partner with
Habitat, helping build their own homes alongside volunteers. Habitat offers zero interest
mortgages to the homeowners. Since 1987, Watauga Habitat for Humanity has built 29
homes and supported families facing challenges. Now in these exceedingly difficult
times, along with committed community partnerships, Watauga Habitat stands ready to
offer a hand-up to families needing safe and affordable homes.  For more information
visit their website at https://www.wataugahabitat.org/home.