Around Town: Rebuilder tests barn bashing

Joan Gilmore

By: Joan Gilmore

For a long time, the folks at Rebuilding Together OKC have concentrated on helping folks who have houses that need fixing. They’re going to keep on doing home repairs and safety modifications for seniors in the Oklahoma City area but they need more funding so they can fix up more homes.

Thus, Rebuilding Together (also known as RTOKC) will host its inaugural Barn Raising Bash at 6 p.m. June 17 at the historic Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.

No, they will not be “bashing” the house. They will be enjoying a cash bar and silent auction on the homestead grounds as Kyle Dillingham provides musical entertainment. A dinner sponsored by Earl’s Rib Palace will follow.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of supplies for home repairs and safety modifications of homes the owners can’t do themselves or pay for.

The Barn Raising Bash is chaired by Rebecca Denny and Kym Freeman Mason.

Highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Clyde Riggs Volunteer of the Year Award to Clay Cockrill. A member of the RTOKC board since 2010, Cockrill and his family are involved in various organizations throughout the city. He considers Rebuilding Together as the shining star of his civic volunteerism.

RTOKC’s mission is to bring together volunteers and communities to improve the homes and lives of low-income, elderly homeowners in the metro area.

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