N.C. Wesleyan college senior Terkessha Smith helps with framing on a Habitat for Humanity home Monday January 16, 2012 at 11014 U.S. 64 Alt. as a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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N.C. Wesleyan college senior Terkessha Smith helps with framing on a Habitat for Humanity home Monday January 16, 2012 at 11014 U.S. 64 Alt. as a part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Benefit concert to aid Habitat for Humanity

By Tyler Kes
Staff Writer

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The Rocky Mount branch of Habitat for Humanity this weekend will be hosting what is hopes is the first of several fundraising events.

The Rhythm and Brews charity event will be at the Nash Arts Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and will feature several local bands, including The Candy Thomas Band and Bunn and Braxton.

“Right now, we have got four local restaurants providing heavy hors d’oeuvres and finger foods. We are going to be selling beer and wine. We have got two bands lined up,” Executive Director Eric Ghiloni said. “We decided that, since there is always a lull after Christmas, we wanted to have an event, we wanted it to be a fundraising event, and we wanted it to be kind of light.”

The event costs $30 per person, or $50 per couple, which includes two drinks per person.

The money donations are nice, but if more people are aware of what the organization is about after the event, that would be fine, Ghiloni said.

“Through the ticket sales process, we have been able to have conversations with people about what exactly Habitat is, and what Habitat is not,” Ghiloni said.

People, especially the younger generation, might not be familiar with what charities and organizations like Habitat do, Ghiloni said.

“I probably spend as much time telling people what Habitat is not, as what Habitat is,” Ghiloni said. “If we can get four or five annual fundraisers, the information we can give out at those events is just as important as the money we want to bring in.”

The goal is to eradicate homelessness and poverty housing, Ghiloni said.

Ghiloni said the organization is making an effort to have more fundraising events that target a variety of people.

“Fundraising is a little off, so we are coming up with creative ways to do something,” Ghiloni said. “In the next couple of years, I see Habitat trying some things.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling 922-1994 or by contacting the organization through its Facebook page.