In the heart of the holiday season, the Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity’s inaugural Gingerbread Village event was not only a delightful display of creativity but also a testament to the power of community collaboration. Sponsored by Oklahoma Baptist University and in partnership with New Ideas Printing, this sweet event brought together businesses, individuals, and organizations, turning gingerbread into homes and hope.
Gingerbread Houses: Crafted with Care
Eleven gingerbread houses were brought to life by community businesses. From a Nightmare Before Christmas themed house to a Hermey the Elf house, the village became a showcase of the community’s creativity, dedication, and holiday spirit.
Attendees: A Community in Celebration
The event’s success wasn’t just measured by the funds raised, but by the gathering of nearly 400 attendees. Volunteers, vendors, staff, and community members united to celebrate the holiday season and support a cause that resonates with the entire community.
Funds Raised: A Generous Outpouring
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, attendees, and the community at large, the total funds raised reached over $8,000. These funds will contribute to advancing the mission of Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity.
Community Partnerships: Building Together
This successful event was made possible through the generous support of sponsors. Oklahoma Baptist University took the lead as the primary sponsor, standing alongside Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County, Alisha Norton Photography, Ashley Furniture, and New Ideas Printing. These partners not only provided financial support but also demonstrated a commitment to building a better community.
Participating Businesses: A Collective Effort
The Gingerbread Village event saw active participation from various businesses, each contributing to the success of the event. Notable participants include Travis Alexander – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Benchmark Realty; Shawnee Dental; Mother Nature Pest Control; Bluepeak Fiber Internet; Blue Kangaroo PACKOUTZ of Greater OKC and Shawnee; BancFirst; Shawnee Board of REALTORS®; CPN House of Hope; Rose Rock Habitat for Humanity; and New Ideas Print Shop.
As the Gingerbread Village event concludes, the impact of this community-wide effort reverberates. Oklahoma Baptist University and all participating businesses have not only sponsored an enchanting holiday tradition but have also played a crucial role in building homes and hope for those in need. This successful inaugural event sets the stage for future collaborations, ensuring that the spirit of giving and community continues to flourish in the years to come.