New $214,000 home up for grabs!
Hattiesburg, MS— For the ninth year in a row, a lucky person will soon be the winner of a new home for only $100. Raffle tickets in the ninth annual Home Sweet Home Raffle, sponsored by the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association and Leaf River Cellulose to benefit United Way of Southeast Mississippi, went on sale Friday, Jan. 14.
Ticket sales will continue until the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association Home and Products Show scheduled for March 4-6 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit United Way of Southeast Mississippi.
Along with the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association, Leaf River Cellulose is a major sponsor of the raffle for the fifth year in a row. Leaf River Cellulose, a division of Georgia-Pacific Cellulose, has generously donated $70,000 to help United Way cover its costs of the raffle home. This will allow more of the raffle proceeds to go directly to United Way and its 21 local partner agencies.
Burt Williamson of BRW Construction is the lead builder of this year’s home, and Kim Johnson of Anderson Design Center is the home’s interior designer. Other members of the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association have offered services or materials at donated or discounted costs.
“Serving as the ninth raffle home builder has been a very rewarding experience and quite an honor,” Williamson said. “I want to express my appreciation to all the contributors, and especially Leaf River Cellulose, for their generous support during these difficult economic times. By all working together, we are able to succeed. I am also proud to present a completely finished home for the public to enjoy during this year’s raffle.”
This year’s home is located in the Bellegrass community off Highway 589 in Lamar County. Bellegrass, named Best Subdivision in Mississippi by the Mississippi Home Builders Association in 2010, boasts many amenities, such as a swimming pool, soccer fields, playground, tennis courts, outdoor pavilions and more.
The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, a two-car garage and 1,884 square feet of heated living space. It also boasts granite countertops, a beautiful tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling in the dining room and a whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.
Anyone interested in viewing the home will have the opportunity during open house weekends, which will be held every weekend until March 5-6. On Saturdays, the home will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and on Sundays, the home will be open from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be open houses held during the weekdays of Feb. 28 – March 4, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. There is no charge to tour the home, and tickets will be on sale during the open houses. Visitors can also register for free door prizes during the home tours.
There are several other ways to purchase tickets in the Home Sweet Home Raffle. Ticket order forms may be mailed along with a check or credit card information to United Way of Southeast Mississippi; P.O. Box 1648; Hattiesburg, MS 39403-1648. Applications will be available around Hattiesburg and can be downloaded from www.unitedwaysems.org. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.unitedwaysems.org. Online orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on March 6. Tickets may also be purchased with credit card by calling 601-545-7141 or by faxing an application to 601-545-8872 by 5 p.m. on March 4.
Tickets may be purchased at the United Way office at 210 W. Front Street in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg and at select locations of Citizens Bank, Community Bank, The First and Grand Bank by 5 p.m. on March 4. Please contact the participating banks to find a bank location near you.
Tickets will be sold during the Greater Hattiesburg Home Builders Association Home and Products Show, which will be held March 4-6 at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. The last day to purchase a ticket will be March 6 at the Home and Products Show, open house or online. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn March 14 at 6 p.m. on location at 46 North of Fields in Bellegrass. The winner does not have to be present to win.
Runner-up prizes in the raffle include: an electronics package with home computer donated by Owens Business Machines and Best Buy gift card, a home decor package including a stained glass piece donated by Nancy Powe and gift card to Ashley Furniture Home Store, an outdoor package donated by Gander Mountain and a home improvement package donated by Tractor Supply Company and Lowe’s.
Directions to the home: From Hattiesburg, travel west on Highway 98. Turn left on Highway 589. Travel 1.9 miles and turn right into the Bellegrass subdivision. Continue straight on Bellegrass Blvd. for .1 mile then veer right when the road splits. Travel .5 mile and turn right on North of Fields. Travel .2 mile. The house is the first on the right.
For more information, call the United Way office at 601-545-7141 or visit www.unitedwaysems.org.