LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! March 1st marked the kickoff of Watauga County Habitat for Humanity’s annual fundraiser, The Big Kahuna. Over the next two and a half months, twelve philanthropic-minded community leaders will be competing to raise awareness and as much money as she/he can to help Watauga County Habitat for Humanity build their next home. The person who raises the most money will be crowned Watauga Habitat’s 2017 Big Kahuna at our Don HoDown celebration at Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Each contestant will be reaching out to their friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to see who can help them raise the most money on behalf of Watauga County Habitat for Humanity. All of the money raised by the Big Kahuna participants will go towards helping Watauga Habitat’s next partner family have a decent, safe, energy efficient, affordable place to live, in our eco-friendly GreenWood neighborhood. It’s no small task what they have agreed to do so hats off to them and all of their future supporters for helping make our community a better place to live.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 18th at Appalachian Mountain Brewery to see who will be crowned the 2017 Big Kahuna. We will be updating the leader board until just before the winner is announced at 8:00pm.
Your Contestants for the 2017 Big Kahuna Competition
Patrick Beville- IONCON
Patrick A. Beville, PE LEED AP is a licensed professional engineer with more than 25 years specializing in facilities design and construction. He is currently the Principal at IONCON, PLLC an engineering consulting firm specializing in engineering, renewable energy consulting, and sustainable projects such as shipping container structures. He has an undergraduate degree in Civil/Structural Engineering and a master’s degree in Public Administration. He has training in and is accredited with the US Green Building Council LEED Program and more than 15 years of experience in green building and renewable energy. His experience includes design, construction, and project management of facilities with project sizes up to $48 million. He has served as project manager on renewable energy projects including biodiesel tanks, solar thermal systems, solar PV systems, and the largest wind turbine installation in the State of North Carolina. Patrick lives in Boone with his wife, Kendal McDevitt and their adorable 5 year old daughter Harper. Kendal is the Senior Associate Director of Admissions – Recruitment at Appalachian State University and Harper is preparing to go to kindergarten at Hardin Park Elementary. The family has been living and involved in the Boone community for more than 15 years and is proud to call Boone home.
Charles Crabbe, ProBenefits
Charles first came to the High Country as an undergraduate student of Appalachian State University in 1984. As a student he fell in love with Boone, and his wife of 27 years, Amy Crabbe. After graduation he taught in various public school systems in North Carolina as a middle school and high school Band Director. He returned to ASU in 1991 for graduate school, and was fortunate to be living in Boone during the blizzard of 1993. That one weather event must have made an impact; because 5 years later, Charles left teaching and went back to school to study Meteorology at North Carolina State University. He graduated from NC State in 2000, two months after the birth of his son, Sam. Being a father was more important than pursuing a career in Meteorology, so Charles took a job at ProBenefits, Inc., in Winston-Salem. A job with more security and flexibility to spend time with his family. In 2005, his wife was offered a job in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The opportunity to move back to Boone and raise a child in the High Country was an easy decision. Charles has been in Boone ever since and has no plans of ever leaving again. He’s looking forward to helping make this year’s Big Kahuna event the best ever for the Watauga County Habitat for Humanity.
Jim Rogers, Appalachian Custom Builders
Jesse Miller, First Security Insurance
Dusty Washburn, Blue Ridge Realty
Pete Herbert- The Dogwood Cafe
Pete Herbert moved to Boone in January of 2000. He has an Associate’s Degree from CCC&TI, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree From Appalachian State. He met his beautiful wife in Boone, they bought their first home together, and recently welcomed their first child into the world. Pete recently realized that he has lived almost half of his life in the High Country and wants to give back to the community. Please help Pete in his quest for the Big Kahuna and click on the donate link below.
Justin Davis – Blowing Rock Town Tavern, Owner
Justin is originally from eastern North Carolina but has called the High Country his home for the past 17 years. He is an entrepreneur and hands on restaurant owner. He doesn’t think of owning and running a restaurant as work, it’s what he loves. He lives with his wife Lora, his two young sons Gavin and Landon, and three dogs. Justin is an extrovert to the fullest extent. He loves people, sports, the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. Justin proudly wears the Watauga Habitat for Humanity 2016 Big Kahuna crown! To support Justin in his bid to be this year’s Big Kahuna, please click on the donate button below.
Jenny Miller, Community Volunteer
Ed Tausche, Cedar House, LLC