Haywood to Ty Pennington: Choose us
Haywood County has officially entered the Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge where the winning project could receive up to $50,000, and runners up will receive up to $10,000 per project.
The funds are available through the mortgage company Guaranteed Rate, and Ty Pennington, widely known as the host of the television hit “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Haywood’s project is the ongoing effort to renovate the former Hazelwood Prison to serve as a half-way house for those released from jail and to serve as an emergency shelter.
Part of the challenge involves an online Facebook voting effort. There are more than 100 projects under consideration, and many were entered in March when the ultimate challenge event started.
The online voting effort is 20 percent of the criteria to determine which projects are selected as the top six finalists. That effort ends June 9.
But in just two days, Haywood’s effort to marshaled 190 votes, a number far higher than many of the other projects listed.
“We need to blow this out of the water,” said Nick Honerkamp, chairman of the Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, who is spearheading the project. “This community can get enough votes to make the judges notice this effort.”
The top 50 projects will be selected before June 17, and each will be invited to submit a video that Facebook voters can weigh in on until July 8. There will be another round for the top six projects, and the winning effort will not only receive up to $50,000, but will include help from Pennington’s Extreme Makeover staff.
To help Haywood be the winner, go to Facebook and type in Guaranteed Rate. Click on the “Ultimate Neighborhood Giveback Challenge” icon to see all the projects and vote. Each Facebook user can only vote once, but all can share the voting site frequently to convince their friends to vote. To go directly to the project and vote, click here.