Sept. 3, 2008
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Baker University and the Baldwin City community are teaming up to construct a Habitat for Humanity house.

The Baldwin City community is invited to “Party at the Lot” at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, for a dedication ceremony at the Habitat for Humanity site on the northwest corner of 11th and Fremont streets.
Earlier this year, former Baker faculty member Monte Lauridsen and his wife, Bootsie, donated $30,000 to purchase the lot and kickstart the project. Baker and the Baldwin City community raised an additional $20,000 in the past year during the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. Approximately $40,000 still needs to be raised to complete the construction of the house, said Grace Hoyt, Habitat for Humanity director of development.
The house will be the second Habitat for Humanity project constructed in Baldwin City, said Jeremy Hahn, executive director of Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.

Ruth Sarna, director of student health services, and her husband, Bob, are part of a team organizing community involvement for the construction project. Other team members are Bob and Edrie Swanson; Jay and Jodie Randels, administrative assistant in President’s Office; Connie Neuenswander and Doug Barth, director of alumni and corporate relations.


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