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Habitat for Humanity will hold the Veterans Housing Initiative Golf Tournament and Gala Dinner at Mission Inn. The gala dinner will take place Sunday, November 16, at 5:30pm. The golf tournament takes place on Monday, November 17, at 8:30am.

Kent Adcock, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter and creator of the Veterans Housing Initiative event, shared how the event will aid veterans.

"We want to provide veterans with a community and a decent place to live, because a lot of them end up homeless when they come back here," Adcock said. "Our mission is to meet the needs of these veterans and help them into better living situations."

According to the Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter's website, the purpose for hosting this event is to raise awareness to the needs for veterans housing and what the veterans have experienced due to that need. The goal of the event is to raise money for the construction of veterans housing in Lake and Sumter Counties.

The gala will include dinner with some of Florida's veterans, Adcock mentioned. In addition, an auction will be held with the proceeds going to the housing initiative. One item available in the auction will be a gas grill, donated from Lowe's Home Improvement, Adcock added.

The golf tournament will be an 18-hole event with a shotgun start.

Ticket prices for the gala will be $60 per person, and the price to participate in the golf tournament will be $125 per person. For information call 352-483-0434.

The event will take place at Mission Inn Resort and Club, 10400 County Rd. 48, Howey in the Hills.

The event was created to raise the means to fund a vision that assists veterans in gaining shelter and maintaining a self-sufficient life, according to the website. Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter started the fund, and this event, to provide veterans with housing, support and hope.

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Members of the Korean War Veterans raise the flag over a Habitat for Humanity home built for a veteran. Habitat is using a golf tournament and gala to help raise awareness for the housing needs of veterans. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
Habitat for Humanity plans golf tournament and gala to raise awareness for veterans' housing needs


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