Each year, St. Tammany Home Builders Association members pool their time, expertise and energy to design, build and present a home of exceptional quality to raffle off for local charities. Since its inception in 1994, proceeds from the STHBA raffle have donated an astounding $4.24 million to community charities.
STHBA uses the money raised from the sale of raffle tickets to fund the construction of the house, marketing and other expenses incurred. The money left after expenses is divided among the year’s charities.
Last year, the charities split $165,000.
The 2012 charities are The Good Samaritan Ministry, Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Support Our War Heroes, The Tammany Trace Foundation and The St. Tammany HBA Charitable Trust.
The Raffle House is always constructed by the previous year’s president of STHBA. This year’s house, by Integrity Builders, LLC, is located at 456 N. Corniche du Lac in Maison du Lac subdivision in Covington. Wainer Companies donated the lot. “Building the house was a great experience. So many people have helped by donating time and talent,” says Kenny Adams. “We wanted to use natural cypress beams in the great room, so we had to go all the way to Lafayette to get them. The whole project has turned out beautifully.”
This project could not have been completed without the donations of time, energy and products from many northshore businesses, including Resource Bank, which provided the funding, and Murphy Appraisal, which appraised the house for $470,000. Cabinetry throughout the house was provided by Milltown Cabinets. Pinegrove Electric supplied the interior light fixtures. Plumbing supplies were given by Southland Plumbing. The finishing touches to the exterior were provided by Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. Adding to the beauty of the home are interior furnishings by American Factory Direct and carpeting by Carpet Showcase.
The winners of the 2011 Raffle House were Brandt and Lindsay Quick. “We got a phone message from Kenny Adams, asking us to call him right away,” says Brandt. “Lindsay said we must have won a cruise or a gift certificate. When I called Kenny back and he said we had won the house we were shocked beyond belief. We quickly checked the number on the ticket and then headed over to the house.”
The Quicks have lived in the house since September and love the neighborhood. “We are incredibly blessed to live with our family in such a wonderful house in a great neighborhood,” says Brandt.
Raising the Roof raffle tickets are $100; a maximum of 7,000 will be sold. The drawing for the winner will be held at the Raffle House on June 2, 2012, at 11am. For information on purchasing tickets, see raisingtheroof.net.Filed under: Architecture, May-June 2012, Northshore Living, Worthy Causes