Raffle for Harley 'Hog' to raise funds for Habitat home

John Cunningham laughs and says. "I'm not sure how many members are competent builders." Nonetheless, the approximately 150 members of the Harley Hogs motorcycle club are eager to try their hand at building a house for Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity.

All they need is the money.

With that, area citizens are being given the opportunity to help. They're getting a chance not just to win a motorcycle, but help put somebody into a new home.

Raffle tickets for a 2007 Harley Softail FLSTF Fat Boy worth $20,000 are currently being sold. There are only 650 of the $100 tickets available. Tickets may be purchased at Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson on Fortson Road in Columbus, at Columbus Habitat for Humanity on Pou Street in Columbus and at the main office in Peachtree Mall. You must be 18 to buy a ticket.

The drawing will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson on Fortson Road in Columbus and you don't have to be present to win. There will be several other prizes given out during the afternoon. Food and drink will be available, including ice cream from Bruster's.

Cunningham, the owner of Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson, says it's not surprising that the Hogs are getting involved with Habitat for Humanity.

"We get involved in many areas of fundraising," he says. " We've helped several agencies, such as the March of Dimes."

Sam Shehane, development director for Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity, says she's glad the Hogs stepped in to help. "We usually have an equestrian event as our main fund-raiser, but we couldn't this year," she says. "We were going to have a silent auction at that event for a motorcycle, but when the plans got changed, the Hogs presented this idea. We think it's a great prize and with so few tickets being sold there's an excellent chance to win."

For more information, call Columbus Habitat for Humanity at 706-653-6003 or Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson at 706-324-4294.