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Lily Pad building hope and a house

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Last week, ground was broken on a project that should bring some much needed funds to an Albany non-profit organization.

Construction is set to begin this week on a home in the McIntosh Farms development of Lee County, which will be raffled off later this year to benefit the Lily Pad Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Center as well as the Home Builders Association of Albany and Southwest Georgia.

"Each year we pick charities to donate to, and this year we choose the Lily Pad," said George McIntosh, a director at Home Builders.

The project has been dubbed "The House that Hope Built."

"(Home Builders) approached us about building the home and splitting the proceeds with us," said Karen Kemp, executive director of the Lily Pad. "We loved the idea of working with the construction industry again.

"We are delighted and honored for (Home Builders) being so generous."

This will be the fourth year Home Builders as been involved in this line of charity work, and this year the organization is expected to turn out its priciest result yet with the estimated value for "The House that Hope Built" to be approximately $250,000.

Forty percent of the proceeds from the raffle event, set for June 10, will go to the Lily Pad and 60 percent will go to Home Builders.

"I'm real excited about this, it will be a nice house," said Andy Cooper, another director at Home Builders.

In order to make the house a reality, there are a number of companies that have donated some of the materials necessary to complete construction. ProBuild, Sellers Tile, Highland Land Company, Heritage Bank and South Georgia Brick are among the top contributors.

"There have been a lot of people that have donated," McIntosh said.

Some of the other companies that have come to the project's aid is Hatcher Tractor Service, who has contributed some dirt, and Winnelson, who has donated some plumbing.

Over the last three years, Home Builders has donated $200,000 to non-profits through charity projects. This year, the organization feels there is a lot of potential to make a big impact as a result of this house -- and not just for the Lily Pad.

"This is to show home building is still alive in Albany," McIntosh said. "We hope to meet or exceed our goal. We have already sold several tickets (to the raffle).

"We're very excited about it."

The raffle will cost interested parties $300 per raffle ticket, which will admit two people to the party.

There will also be dinner, beverages, musical entertainment as well as a live and silent auction.

"The last (raffle) ticket drawn will win the house," said Caitlyn Cooper, chief development officer and forensic investigator for the Lily Pad.

"The funds (to be raised at the June 10 event) are essential to keep our services going."

The home will be open for public viewing one month prior to the raffle so that those interested can tour it.

For more information, contact the Lily Pad or Home Builders.