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Watauga Habitat’s Big Kahuna Fundraiser Comes to a Close with the Don Ho-Down This Thursday at AMB

On March 1, the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity kicked off the Big Kahuna, its annual fundraiser. Over the last two and a half months, twelve benevolent community leaders competed to raise awareness and as much money as possible to help the Habitat for Humanity build its new home in the High Country.

All of the contestants have been reaching out to everyone that they know in order to raise as much money as possible to benefit the Habitat for Humanity and, in turn, our community. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards helping Watauga Habitat’s next partner family to have a decent, safe, energy-efficient, affordable place to live in the eco-friendly GreenWood neighborhood.

At the beginning of the fundraiser, the organization set its goal to raise $27,000. As of right now, that goal has already been surpassed by more than $10,000, and the competition between those involved is definitely become more heated by the day.

The person who raises the most money will be crowned Watauga Habitat’s 2017 Big Kahuna at the Don Ho-Down celebration at Appalachian Mountain Brewery on Thursday, May 18 from 5-8 p.m.

Jenny Miller, a community volunteer, is currently in first place, having raised $8500 so far. In second place is Matt Vincent, who may end up pulling out a win at the very last second. However, there could be a surprise winner that nobody expects, considering 3 donors have currently reached out to match Ed Tausche’s donations by 60%.

The competition is coming to a close after an impressive participation on behalf of all the community leaders involved. It was no easy feat they took on, and we should all give them a round of applause at working so hard to raise money for such a good cause.

Regardless of who wins, the Don Ho-Down will be uproariously fun, and it’s not something you want to miss! The leader board will be constantly updated until the winner is announced at 8 p.m., so don’t be late!


The competitors are as follows:

Patrick Beville – IONCON

Charles Crabbe – ProBenefits

Jim Rogers – Appalachian Custom Builders

Jesse Miller – First Security Insurance

Dusty Washburn – Blue Ridge Realty

Pete Herbert – The Dogwood Café

Justin Davis – Blowing Rock Town Tavern, Owner

Jenny Miller – Community Volunteer

Matt Vincent – VPC Builders

Ed Tausche – Cedar House, LLC

Phil Norman – Green Valley School

Christy Kennedy – Kennedy Household CEO and Zumba Addict