Orleans County Board of Realtors raises over $12K in first benefit dance

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DERBY — The Orleans County Board of Realtors (OCBR) hosted their inaugural benefit dance last month, raising a record-breaking $12,155.24 for the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The fundraising idea, proposed last June by Mandy Howard, a Realtor with Big Bear Real Estate, quickly took off once approved. A committee was formed, featuring Howard, Rosemary Lalime, Brooke Wright, Tara Cote, Connie Isabelle, Nikki Provencher, and Justin Leyva.

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Their goal was twofold: to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and to increase awareness of the local Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter. Serving Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex Counties, this chapter focuses on critical home repairs and improvements, ranging from painting and weatherization to roof repair and home accessibility.

To be eligible for assistance, applicants must meet certain income and need requirements.

The benefit dance, held at the Elks in Derby on May 6, was a resounding success. Entertainment was provided by the band Raized on Radio, while the Runaway Tomato and Kingdom Eatery food trucks offered a delicious variety of food.

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Contributions came from ticket sales, a 50/50 raffle, and a live auction conducted by Richard Degree.

The total amount raised, $12,155.24, marks the largest donation the local Habitat for Humanity chapter has ever received. These funds will make a substantial difference for many residents in need.

Encouraged by the event’s success, the OCBR is already planning a follow-up benefit dance next year.

Stay tuned for further announcements concerning the date and venue.

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