RAISING THE ROOF: PORTION OF MISHAWAKA TICKET SALES TO HELP FAMILY BUILD A HOME
$1 of each June show ticket sold goes to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity “House That Beer Built II” project
BELLVUE, Colo., April 4, 2016 — In June 1916, Mishawaka Amphitheatre’s original owner Walter S. Thompson began constructing the venue’s dance hall by hand, with the help of friends and extended family. Building on that historic event 100 years later, and continuing the celebration of community and collaboration, Mishawaka Amphitheatre will partner with Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity and several craft breweries to contribute to a home for a local family via “The House That Beer Built II” (HTBBII). One dollar of every Mishawaka show ticket sold in June 2016 will be pledged to the construction of a home for the Beavers, a family of four in Fort Collins.
“As we continue to celebrate the Mish100 anniversary throughout our show season, we are discovering a lot of joy in tying in the venue’s history with events that positively impact our present-day community,” said Dani Grant, Mishawaka’s general manager. “Helping a local family build a home feels like a continuation of all the love and care that Walter S. Thompson put into the Mish when he built the dance hall 100 years ago.”
Grant said that funds collected from June ticket sales will be presented by the Mishawaka on July 6 to Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity at the Lagoon Summer Concert Series at Colorado State University. Highly danceable funk-roots-soul band Eufórquestra will perform at the free event from 6 – 8 p.m.
“We are thrilled to have the support of generous community partners like Mishawaka Amphitheatre, who help make it possible for Habitat to continue to create affordable homeownership opportunities in the Fort Collins area. The original owner of ‘The Mish’ left a barn-raising legacy by building this community space that has served the community for 100 years. It is an honor to help them celebrate this hands-on accomplishment with something so fitting as neighbors building the House That Beer Built II home together,” said Kristin Candella, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity.
Twelve local craft breweries and five community partners are participating in the HTBBII project, contributing funds and volunteer labor. Every Habitat homebuyer family contributes 250 – 500 hours of sweat equity building their home before purchasing it, and then pays back a zero-interest mortgage. In 2013, the original Fort Collins “House That Beer Built” project helped rebuild a home for a family whose house was destroyed by the devastating High Park fire in Rist Canyon.
Four June shows have already been scheduled at The Mish, with more to be revealed at the April 16 lineup announcement event at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.themishawka.com. To learn more about HTBBII and other Habitat for Humanity initiatives, visit www.fortcollinshabitat.org.