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PORTER COUNTY HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION RAFFLE LICENSE NO:148806 Ta k e a c Take h a nacchance e o n aon a new home, new hoUSe in hBA’S ShAReity RAffle help Those in need Through hBA Sh ARsocial e ity R A ffle and help region service organizaTions Summer is almost here, and it’s a good time to support Northwest Indiana charitable causes. And one way to do that is by purchasing a Northwest Indiana Home Builders Association SHAREity Raffle ticket, the proceeds of which benefit five local charity organizations. Then, be sure to enjoy eleven days of fun at the 2019 Festival Parade of Homes in the fall when the SHAREity Raffle winners are selected. The 2019 Festival Parade of Homes, at DoubleTree Lake Estates in Winfield (Crown Point), begins on Oct. 10 with a VIP kickoff event and runs through Oct. 20, when the SHAREity Raffle prize winners will be selected. Festival hours are 4-8 p.m. weekdays and Noon-8 p.m. weekends. The festival will feature themed days, which include Family Day, Realtor Day, Mom’s Day & Ladies Night, and an NWI Food Truck Tour. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, home tours, and multiple VIP parties throughout the event. Builders participating in the 2019 Festival Parade of Homes include Hallmark Development, Kelly Construction, Luxor Homes, Metlov Builders and SPK Construction. Northwest Indiana industry vendors will also be on hand to speak with attendees about the products and services they offer, including remodeling, roofing, windows, floors, decor and more (limited space is still available for vendor booths). The SHAREity Raffle was launched in January and tickets are available for sale through Oct. 14. Tickets are $125 each, and you must be 18 years or older to purchase them. Participants can win up to 10 prizes valued at more than $270,000, and proceeds benefit five influential regional charity organizations: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Housing Opportunities, St. Jude House and Opportunity Enterprises. The SHAREity Raffle grand prize is $250,000 toward a house built by a Festival Parade of Homes featured builder. The home is being built and will be unveiled at the event. The grand prize winner can also choose alternate prizes, including $200,000 toward a parade of homes builder to build a custom home, or $150,000 cash. Second place prize options include a car or $10,000 cash. Third place winner will receive $5,000 cash, while fourth through tenth place winners will each receive $1,000 cash. “We are proud to host this event to support these five influential local charities whose missions are to help others and to make our community a better place,” said Eddie Castellanos, executive officer of the Northwest Indiana Home Builders Association. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana serve more than 10,000 Northwest Indiana youth ages 5 to 18, with 10 clubs and 11 before and after-school sites that offer programs and services including programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Children and teens learn to succeed in a safe, fun, nurturing environment with homework help and mentoring, making lasting friendships, and learning the importance of a strong work ethic, teamwork, sportsmanship, healthy lifestyles, good character and citizenship. “When the HBA invited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana to participate in the SHAREity Raffle, we knew what an incredible impact it would have on the 12,000 children and teens we serve annually,” said Buffy Adams, vice president of Mission Advancement for the Boys & Girls Clubs. “This is a valuable vehicle to let our neighbors know the staggering challenges facing kids in Northwest Indiana. The Home Builders Association SHAREity Raffle and all its participants are supporting our communities’ most valuable asset: our children.” Opportunity Enterprises provides essential services for adults with disabilities including transportation, daily living skills, respite, group homes and placement and support of qualified individuals in community employment. Clients can receive personal care and assistance and medical consultations by an agency nurse and participate in social/recreational activities. The organization offers adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, traumatic brain injuries, severe physical and mental disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, loss of limbs and other delays and disabilities, a supportive environment where they can learn, increase their skills and reach their potential. St. Jude House is a family violence prevention center and shelter that provides comprehensive and compassionate services and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, St. Jude House accepts people nationwide. Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana works to help low-income families break the cycle of poverty, while realizing the dream of home ownership. Home equity leads to wealth creation, helps the next generation reach educational and wealth goals, and builds a strong community through the additional property tax revenue. The group builds decent, affordable, energy-efficient homes for partner families and provides strength and stability through permanent shelter. Beneficiaries perform 300 “sweat equity” hours working on their home and learn how to be a homeowner through financial literacy classes that teach the importance of an emergency fund and checking and savings accounts. A community-sustained nonprofit, Housing Opportunities resolves and prevents homelessness for adults, children, and seniors in Porter and LaPorte Counties and offers clients foreclosure prevention counseling and coaching on the road to self-sufficiency. Clients include those not able to work due to crisis or disability, those who are underemployed at minimum wage and struggle to support themselves and their families, and professionals with college degrees who hit hard times. The organization also offers several housing options including emergency housing for those in Porter County who are homeless, supportive permanent housing for those with disabilities who have a doctor’s diagnosis and affordable housing for low-income clients. “Be sure to buy a ticket and make a difference in our Northwest Indiana community,” says Castellanos. “Your estimated chance of winning a prize is 1 in 500, so the odds are in everyone’s favor!” The SHAREity Raffle is being promoted on social media, and you can like it on Facebook (, and follow it on Twitter ( and Instagram (www.instagram. com/shareityraffle) for drawing information, events, giveaways, house photos, additional details and much more. To add some fun and momentum to this event, on the 15th of each month The Times Media Co. is sponsoring a drawing for complimentary SHAREity Raffle tickets. Simply like, share and tag a SHAREity Raffle post on Facebook ( shareityraffle to be entered in the drawing. To purchase a ticket, register online, by mail, by phone or in person. Visit or call 219-464-2944 for tickets and sales locations. For updates, events, giveaways, prize information and additional details, visit, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. PAID ADVERTORIAL

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