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Originally published: 2013-06-25 15:09:06
Last modified: 2013-06-25 15:09:50

‘Big Cheese’ fundraising competition to benefit Avery Habitat

This summer, seven Avery County community members will take what they already do — BBQs, pool parties and games — and use it to benefit Avery County Habitat for Humanity. From July 1 until Aug. 9, each contestant will compete in Avery Habitat’s inaugural “Big Cheese” event, a six-week fundraising competition to see which community member can raise the most funding for Avery Habitat’s next home.
Committed to Avery Habitat’s cause, the seven “Big Cheese” contestants are:
• David Burleson, Avery County Schools
• Johnny Carson, Nationwide Insurance
• Mike Dunn, Dunn’s Deli and The Perry House
• Babette McAuliffe, Carolina Mountain Life
• Richard McGuire, Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce
• Judy Nye, The Sterling Company Real Estate
• Trey Oakley, The Williams YMCA
Contestants can raise funds in any ethical manner they choose. They can host a cookout, send letters to friends or even stand at the town stoplight with a bucket (with the appropriate permission, of course). Community members are encouraged to donate online in support of their favorite contestant by clicking to

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to