On Nov. 18, women in the Drumheller area got dressed up in their finest to attend the bi-annual Diamond Dinner at the Badlands Community Facility.

The event was put on by Habitat for Humanity Drumheller and District and featured door prizes, a raffle and a silent auction. Dinner and entertainment were also provided for the crowd of almost 300 women.

Sherri Cooper is the Chair of the Drumheller chapter.

"For the Diamond Dinner, we raised about $9,500," she said. "I think, going in, we needed to raise $15,000. We're within striking distance of what we needed for cash to break ground in the spring."

With the ground-breaking so soon, the group is busy lining up tradespeople open to donating their services.

"Now, we're raising $40,000 in gift-in-kind," explained Cooper. "So, that's if you're in a trade and you want to offer your services to us, we can do a cheque exchange with you. So, you do the plumbing and it costs $10,000 and you cut us a cheque for $10,000 and we cut you a cheque for $10,000 and it's like a gift in kind."

Interested families can apply for a home in the New Year, although Cooper said the ultimate selection will be made in Calgary. Since the plan right now is for a duplex, two families will have a chance to get a new home in North Drumheller.

"We're having a community open house in January where we will start the process of the family selection. People will be able to come out and learn more about the project."

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