Greater Columbus HBA

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A few of our cooks at the chili cook-off.
Past President Carson Hinton presents Tom Moore with the Golden Hammer Award.
Georgia Power’s Regional Sales Supervisor Anthony Lapoma, speaks to the crowd at the reverse raffle.
Janet Hart, 1st place -cornbread and Clair Thayer, 1st place -chili, are congratulated by Chef Bradley Jones who has won either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place since the cookoff began many years ago.
President Don Bowles and Reverse Raffle Chair Tracy VanNorman getting the tickets ready for the drawing.
Don Bowles, GCHBA President, Rennie Bickerstaff, $10,000 reverse raffle winner, present winnings to the Salvation Army Chaplin and children.

Greater Columbus Home Builders Association has had a very busy and productive past two months. Upon returning from summer vacation, we headed into our annual reverse raffle fund-raiser netting $30,000 for the association. We thank our Chair Tracy VanNorman, Columbus Community Bank and his committee for the great response! Scott Sawyer, Diverse Power, gets special kudos for organizing and distributing the many sought after door prizes. The event takes a lot of manpower, and we appreciate HBAG for sending Kailey down to help with the event. Georgia Power was the principal sponsor for the evening.

People helping people seemed to be the theme of the night. Members and sponsors supported the association through ticket purchases, prizes, sponsorships and time. Rennie Bickerstaff, the winner of the $10,000 grand prize, certainly made a tremendous influence in the lives of many children who attend the Salvation Army school programs as he graciously donated his total winnings to them. Tom Moore was bestowed the Golden Hammer Award. This is an award given by the GCHBA to individuals or organizations that have represented the construction industry through significant acts of community service and charitable contributions. Tom has done this throughout his many years of leadership, time and money in support of Habitat for Humanity and has been a leader and worker with the Collegiate Challenge since its inception. His influence upon the college students who come to town each spring to build homes for the underprivileged is insurmountable.

September ushered in the chili cookoff with Philip and Clair Thayer, J. P. Thayer Co. heading the event. It was hard to pick which pot/cornbread was the best. In the end, Clair came in 1st place for the chili and Janet Hart 1st place for the cornbread. It was a fun and tasteful night for everyone. Members not only enjoyed the food but adored the beautiful fixtures in the Ferguson showroom. Thank you Ferguson Enterprises for hosting the event.

Our attention is now turning to the legislative fish fry where we will meet and greet our elected officials. We look forward to this well attended and enjoyable event.