Women Build team selling art for Habitat


By Heather Lusk

A group of women participating in the 2015 all-female build for Habitat for Humanity in Boone County will be raising funds this weekend through a bake and art sale.

With a theme of “She Nailed It,” the 12 local women – most from Zionsville – have created original art, jewelry and yard items from hardware and household materials.

To participate in the build each team must raise at least $250 per person. Lee Ann Balta and LeighAnn Akard pulled the group of women together last year and held a bake sale to supplement other donations. After brainstorming this year they decided to add hardware art.

“That’s been on my mind,” Balta said. “Trash to treasure art.”

The team of ladies had a “fun girls’ night,” according to Akard, to create the items like fairy sticks for outdoor flower pots, necklaces and a piece of art using a pallet as a canvas. Their fundraising goal is $2,000.

This is the second year this group of women has participated in the Habitat build, and Balta and Akard both found the experience amazing.

“It’s also a great learning experience for the women participating,” Balta said. “It’s so empowering: putting up trim, wiring electrical outlets, knowing the order that things get done in a house.”

The art and bake sale will be held at Akard True Value Hardware in Boone Village from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 22. A “Hot Dog! It’s Friday!” lunch will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 21 with hot dogs, chips and a drink available for any donation, which will go toward the Women Build 2015 Akard/Balta team.

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