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Dogfish To Build Habitat Home In Rehoboth Brewpub Parking Lot

Thu, 03/04/2010 - 10:10am

In a Framing Frenzy Dogfish Head co-workers will begin building a home at 8:00am on Monday, March 8, 2010 in the companys downtown Rehoboth Beach restaurant parking lot and they will finish it up by 5:00pm.

The company has shut down business operations at both the Milton, DE brewery and the Rehoboth Beach restaurant for the day to allow co-workers to frame the home for Sussex County Habitat For Humanity. Eighty Dogfish co-workers will be broken into four building teams for the Framing Frenzy. We'll begin in the morning with hammers, nails and wood, explains Dogfish Vice President Mariah Calagione, and by 5:00pm, we'll have the entire home framed. Then we'll load it on to flatbed trucks and away it'll go eventually to house a local family.

Dogfish Head and Sussex County Habitat For Humanity have been working on the Framing Frenzy details for a few months now. We're attempting to frame an entire home in 8 hours, says Mark Carter, Dogfish Heads Donation Dude & Event Coordinator, we have to make sure every piece we'll need is there on site. Beth & Wendel Heid from Deli 88 will be bringing lunch in for the crew to help keep them going.

The initiative is part of the brewery's Beer & Benevolence program which provides support for local non-profit organizations throughout the year. The Beer & Benevolence program is a way for our companies to give back to the community that has supported us for the past fifteen years. Many of our direct giving initiatives are directed to dozens of local arts and environmental organizations, says Calagione, The Framing Frenzy allows our co-workers to get involved in a more personal and, she jokes, a more physical way.

Dogfish Head and Habitat invite the community to stop by and cheer on the building crew on Monday.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry committed to building simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with low-income families. Since 1991, through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, the Georgetown affiliate has built 48 homes in Sussex County. Seventy adults and 127 children live in Habitat homes.