Dorchester Habitat for Humanity just had a busy week, starting on May 5.
That Monday started off with the Dorchester Habitat’s sixth annual Women Build, which benefitted the beginning construction for Jennifer and Craig Blewer’s new house in Summerville. Women all over the nation participated in Women Build, which promoted empowering women through construction and giving back to the community.
On May 10 Women Build wrapped up with a new annual event called the Habitat Family Festival, which was held in Azalea Park.
The festival was a celebration of families as well as a fundraiser for DHFH’s 50th home building project. Highlights of the event included children’s games and craft activities, area food trucks, a fashion show sponsored by TJ Maxx and Marshalls, music and other entertainment by area school performance groups.
Local businesses set up booths and attendees could participate in a silent auction. Children could create Mother’s or Father’s Day cards, decorate a cupcake, jump around in the bound houses and win prizes.
“We wanted to create a fun event where there was something to do for everyone, and include as much of the community as possible,” Development Manager Monica Nagy said in a press release.
Summerville resident Jennifer Blumberg was among participants at the festival, and came with her husband and their 3-year-old son Caleb.
“We came to have some fun – hopefully get him (Caleb) tired,” she said.
Caleb enjoyed a bubble-making machine that was at one of the booths.
“He just had a lollipop so we have to burn some sugar off,” Blumberg said.
Another Summerville resident Jennifer Hinkle attended the festival with her 5-year-old daughter Abigail, who won candy at one of the games.
Hinkle said she and her family just moved to the area from New York, drawn by the warmer weather.
“We love it,” Hinkle said. “We’re still in the process of trying to find more parks for her (Abigail) to play in. We’re still exploring.”
Deacon Nelson, scout leader for Troop 469, had some of his troop members running a miniature golf game for attendees. Nelson said they are always there for Habitat For Humanity whenever they get called for help -- normally the troop conducts the flag ceremony at Habitat events.
“We’re very well known with Habitat,” he said.
Event sponsors included the Journal Scene, Clear Channel Communications, Modern Woodmen of America, Pepsi Co., Madra Rua, DisasterCare, Kolter Homes, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, Millie Lewis Modeling Agency and Thrivent Financial.