Habitat for Humanity of Berks County celebrated their work on the evening of April 19 with their Birdhouse Challenge at the DoubleTree, Reading. The Birdhouse Committee and DoubleTree staff pulled out all the stops to make the event a night to remember. The evening began by recognizing some community members for their contributions to Habitat Berks. George Kunder won the 2021 Birdhouse Challenge Award, Ray Himes received the 2021 Volunteer of the Year Award, York International received the Community Partner award and Mike Fromm received the Distinguished Partner award.

“It takes an army of individuals and community leaders to make the work of Habitat Berks possible”, said board president, Zach Bugay.

The highlight of the evening was the live birdhouse auction featuring birdhouses created by community members and businesses. The winning birdhouse was Knoll Lighthouse, styled after the iconic lighthouse of Baltimore Inner Harbor, created by father and daughter duo, Rick and Amy Kovack. The bird- house, sold for $1,600. The Birdhouse Challenge is the primary fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity of Berks County and raised nearly 40 thousand dollars for Habitat Berks after expenses.

“All the funds raised for the evening help to create affordable housing for people right here in Berks County,” explained Executive Director Tim Daley.

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