Man wins house through charity raffle

October 16, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The answering machine at a Columbia residence had a most welcome message for Grant R. Gabler yesterday. A voice told him he had won a $165,000 house in Carroll County.

Mr. Gabler held the winning ticket for the 1994 House With A Heart, a two-story, four-bedroom model donated by Masonry Contractors Inc. to the Have a Heart for the Homeless Foundation.

Mr. Gabler, 36, a bachelor, recently returned to college and moved back to his parents' home. He will soon finish his courses, but until the drawing had no way to buy a home.

"I have been saving money for a house, but have been frustrated in looking," he said.

He bought a $10 ticket at the Kmart in Columbia and calls the return on that investment considerable. Taxes are the only expense he will incur before he can move into the house in the 700 block of Mulligan Lane in Westminster. Mr. Gabler planned to inspect his new home last night and again today.

"I am just thrilled," he said. "I have even shortened my commute to my job in Frederick."

About 30,000 tickets were sold in the third annual campaign to benefit the homeless, which began in August.

The campaign, the foundation's major fund-raising activity raised about $300,000 for statewide programs for the homeless.

"Every ticket sold makes a difference to a homeless family," said Cathy Lyness, executive director of the foundation. "The program shows that people really want to reach out and help."

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