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Habitat for Humanity’s third annual Bids 4 Builds online auction begins on Black Friday

Lexington Habitat for Humanity is hosting the third annual Bids 4 Builds online auction from Nov. 23 through Dec. 2 at bids4builds.com.

This 10-day online auction will culminate in a Holiday Open House at the Lexington Habitat ReStore, 451 Southland Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 8, when winning bidders can pick up their purchases and check out great deals in home-improvement merchandise.

The auction was created by Lexington Habitat’s ambassadors — young professionals who serve as our liaisons to promote our mission in the Lexington community — as an alternative way to shop for loved ones during the holidays and also support Habitat. The auction begins on Black Friday, when many people kick off their holiday shopping, but shoppers can browse through the list of items in advance. New items are added daily.

The auction has been held annually since 2009. In 2011, Bids for Builds raised more than $9,000, and this year’s goal is to raise $12,500. New this year is an opportunity for the ambassadors to receive a grant from State Farm that will match the first $5,000 raised by the auction.

The online auction features nearly 200 one-of-a-kind items and experiences such as:

• The opportunity to put a custom message on the Bryant’s Rent-All sign on South Broadway for three days.
• A Kentucky Basketball signed by Eddie Sutton, John Calipari, Joe B. Hall, Tubby Smith, and Rick Pitino. Also, a 2012 Final Four Men’s Basketball program signed by Calipari.
• Hand-painted, hand-crafted corn hole sets with bean bags made from recycled denim.
• The opportunity to name a special taco and help select the ingredients at Local Taco.
• Two paintings by local artist Sarah Heller made using crushed paint cans from Habitat ReStore’s paint recycling program.
• Zipline tours at Red River Gorge.
• Concert tickets, golf passes, UK memorabilia, horse farm tour gift cards, and much, much more.

Proceeds from this event benefit Lexington Habitat’s mission of providing simple, decent, affordable housing for low-income families. Since 1986 Lexington Habitat has served more than 350 families. This year, Lexington Habitat has built homes with 17 families. The final homes will be dedicated in December.

Support through Bids 4 Builds will allow Lexington Habitat to build homes with new families in 2013.

From Habitat for Humanity

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