Paducah Home Donated as Habitat Fundraiser
By Candice Freeland
PADUCAH, KY - If you'll be in the 2500 block of Jefferson St. in Paducah late Tuesday afternoon, don't be surprised if you see a large crowd of people gathering outside the former home of McCracken County native Gail Greenwald's parents.
The home is located at 2518 Jefferson, and will be auctioned off at 5:07 pm Tuesday, May 14. Proceeds will be donated to Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity.
Angie Wilke is director of the local Habitat chapter. She says Greenwald made the decision to have the house auctioned after she purchased it from her siblings. Greenwald lives in Massachusetts now, and says she no longer has a need for the home. She also felt that donating proceeds from its auction would be honoring to her parents.
Wilke says she was "ecstatic" when she was informed of Greenwald's decision. She says she had been thinking about how to generate revenue when the offer came in.
Wilke says that, for the last four or five years, Habitat for Humanity has gotten about one family per year into a home. After the auction, she said three families may be able to help build their own, new home.
Concerning Gail Greenwald, Wilke said, "She's blessed Paducah and McCracken County Habitat for Humanity in more ways than she can realize."