Dine and Donate

Support Local Restaurants and Habitat - “Dine and Donate”

Enjoy local, international, and award-winning cuisine in Mitchell and Yancey counties great restaurants and support Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity. Select from these local establishments and be a part of “ Dine and Donate” Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct.12. Each restaurant will contribute a portion of their sales from the weekend. Plan to dine out with friends and family!

Proceeds will help your local Habitat build affordable housing for partner families in Mitchell and Yancey counties. Two new Habitat homes are currently under construction in the Habitat neighborhood in Yancey County at Longview and Celo Streets.

“Dine and Donate” at the following participating restaurants and help a neighbor realize the dream of becoming a homeowner:

In Mitchell County dine at:
      Bonnie & Clyde’s Restaurant – 2660 N Hwy 226, Bakersville
      DT’s Blue Ridge Java Coffee Shop and Café - 169 Locust Street, Spruce Pine (Lunch, Friday, Oct. 10th)
      Knife and Fork, 61 Locust Street, Spruce Pine
      Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing – 585 Oak Ave, Spruce Pine
      Stuart’s on the Green – 2360 Swiss Pine Lake Dr., Spruce Pine (Friday, Oct. 10th)
      The Mountain View Restaurant – 5352 N Carolina 226 Hwy, Spruce Pine

In Yancey County dine at:
      Bubba’s Good Eats – 394 Main Street, Burnsville
      Ye Olde Country Store – 7 S Main Street, Burnsville
      (Lunch, Sat. Oct. 11)
      The Blue Flame Grill – 109 W Main Street, Burnsville
      The Garden Deli – 107 Town Square, Burnsville

If you would like more information about how to donate and support Habitat, contact P.O. Box 409, Micaville, NC 28755, (828) 766-9000 ReStore at 563 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine.



Gary Ray Named Board Vice-President of Habitat

By Robin Warden

Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Ray as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. Gary and his wife Rose relocated from Cleveland, Ohio and became full-time residents of Mt. Air Community in 2011. They both worked as volunteers for Habitat in Ohio and have always felt it was important service to the community.

Gary brings an invaluable array of experiences and expertise to the local affiliate including a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA degree in Industrial Management. His career involved working in the quality and production departments of Caterpillar Tractor Company in Illinois and working as an auditor and consultant for Price Waterhouse Company in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as plant controller for Reliance Electric Company of Cleveland. In 1987, he became president and minority owner of Elmec, Inc.; and in 1989, president and owner of Transformer Engineering Corporation (TEC) in Cleveland until he sold it 2008. TEC was established in 2006 as a wholly owned foreign enterprise in Suzhou, China and he continues to work as a consultant to this company.

Gary Ray

Gary has provided 10 years of leadership to his alma mater, Tri-State University in Illinois, serving in several capacities on the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Board of Governors. In 1996, he received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from this university. He also served for 9 years on the Graduate Executive Board of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA.

He continues to be actively involved in community and civic endeavors including Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity’s Council of Small Enterprises and chairperson of the major capital campaign for the First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville. Gary volunteers weekly on the Habitat construction crew; helping the affiliate complete three homes in Habitat’s new neighborhood in Burnsville.

Gary shares that he learned most of his construction skills from his father, who worked in the trades for 50 years and from his experience with his wife remodeling homes. “I have a good appreciation of the construction process that will help me better manage house costs at Habitat. Clearly, Yancey County and the area have a significant need for affordable housing that Mitchell-Yancey Habitat can help fill. I look forward to helping meet that need.”





Habitat Welcomes New Construction Coordinator

by Robin Warden


Charlie Foust

Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce Charlie Foust as their new Construction Manager. He will oversee the building process of Habitat homes in both counties and coordinate contractors and volunteers working on- site. At present, his efforts will be focused on the completion of in the Burnsville Habitat neighborhood located at Longview and Celo Streets. The first of three energy-efficient homes has been completed and 2 more homes are underway at this site.

Charlie Foust brings many skills and experiences to benefit our local Habitat affiliate. Since the early 1980’s he has been building homes, condos, and commercial buildings including hotels & restaurants throughout Florida. He is originally from Miami, Oklahoma and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Kansas State Teacher’s College in High School Carpentry. His career in the building trades has included considerable on the job training for many crews. He has received certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and is certified by the Army Core of Engineers in Quality Control and Safety.

Charlie shares he is happy to be a part of Habitat. “This is a very worthwhile organization that addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness for families and allows us to keep our efforts focused here at home to help those in need.”




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