MARYVILLE, Tenn. - A local family will have a new home for the holidays thanks to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and its Harley Owners Group.
About 50 volunteers, mostly H.O.G. members, put up the first walls of the Habitat for Humanity home Saturday morning.
The Top 100 dealership (see image, right) is the sole sponsor of the house, which Habitat organizers said is rare. “It’s the old way of doing it,” volunteer coordinator Susan Hughes said. “Most of the time now, several businesses join together as cosponsors.”
Dealer principal Scott Maddux, owner of several Harley stores in the area, hammered nails alongside the rest of the volunteers. “It presented itself at the right time,” he told the Daily Times. “We have expanded, and the business had grown a lot; so the timing was really right for us.”
Maddux said the sponsorship was almost two years in the making. During that time, Harley riders conducted charity motorcycle rides, created and sold T-shirts and raffled off a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The store then donated the remainder of the $45,000 needed to sponsor the house.
“It’s a good feeling to make a big difference in someone’s life,” Maddux said. “It’s nice when you can do things for the community.”
Construction of the one-story ranch house started several weeks ago with the base and crawl space. The first walls went up Oct. 19, and voluntters will work three days a week until it is finished.
Posted by Holly Wagner