Springfest raises $12,000 for Habitat for Humanity

Organizers of Fayetteville’s Springfest celebration present a check for $12,000 to Michelle Davis of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity Thursday at Jose’s on Dickson Street.


The weather was gorgeous and the streets were packed at this year’s Springfest celebration, held a couple weeks ago on April 19 along Dickson Street.

As a result, festival organizers yesterday announced they were able to raise $12,000 for the Washington County chapter of Habitat for Humanity this year.

A packed Dickson Street during Springfest 2014

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer Staff

Michele Davis, resource development manager for the organization, said the money will go directly toward funding for her current project, a house for a single mother of three children in Prairie Grove.

“That money is enough to cover the entire lumber package, and the materials and labor for the insulation,” she said. “It is absolutely huge for us.”

Funds were raised during the event in a variety of ways this year, from the pancake breakfast in the morning, to entry fees from the 5K run, t-shirt sales, vendor fees and event sponsorships.

Doug Allen, one of the organizers of the event, said he was thrilled to be able to nearly triple the donation from last year. The festival raised $4,400 in 2013.

“The credit goes to all the volunteers and local businesses that help make this event possible,” Allen said. “It felt great to see the community come out and support Springfest, and we definitely hope to build on that for next year.”