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Thursday, May 12, 2005 09:14 pm

Happy ending

Kavitha Cardoza of WUIS-FM will serve as emcee of Friday’s Habitat event

Hansel and Gretel munched on a house made of gingerbread, and the outcome wasn’t so good for the occupant. This Friday, like the fairy-tale siblings, Springfieldians get the opportunity to eat sweets, but the result should make a few future homeowners quite happy.

Habitat for Humanity-Sangamon County’s third “Desserts & Dreams” fundraiser gives guests a chance to sample signature desserts made by some of the community’s top chefs and bakers.

The event, to be held at the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, features local celebrities who will be serving up the desserts, as well as local entertainers.

WICS (Channel 20) anchor Jerry Lambert reads works by poet Langston Hughes, Illinois Times publisher Sharon Whalen and Chamber of Commerce president Gary Plummer wait on guests, and reporter Kavitha Cardoza of WUIS (91.9 FM) serves as mistress of ceremonies. The Pleasant Grove Baptist Gospel Choir performs.

The donation for “Desserts & Dreams” is $15 (tables for eight individuals are $75). Although some tickets will be available at the door, Habitat encourages people to buy tickets before the event.

“Desserts & Dreams” is part of a three-day celebration highlighting the organization’s new offices and ReStore, Habitat’s building-materials thrift store, at 320 N. Dirksen Parkway. A grand opening for the office will be held at 4:30 p.m. today (Thursday, May 12) followed by a potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, guests may visit ReStore between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Hot dogs and other food will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Habitat is a nonprofit church-supported organization that provides low-cost homes with the assistance of volunteers and sweat equity from future occupants.

Habitat recently started construction on five homes and plans to build another 19 in the next three years.

The organization, which has operated here for 16 years, has moved several times, but its Dirksen location is the first headquarters it has owned.

For tickets to “Desserts & Dreams” or other information about Habitat for Humanity, stop by 320 N. Dirksen Parkway, call 217-523-2710, or visit www.habitatsangamon.com.

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