Joppatowne man wins new house

October 10, 2004|By Kevin T. McVey | Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF

In July, Christopher Harris of Joppatowne attended a game at Ripken Stadium with the intention of enjoying a summer evening at the ballpark, but little did he know that his attending the game would result in his winning a single-family home in Cecil County.

Harris' boss at the local Mars Supermarket gave him tickets to the Aberdeen Iron Birds game on July 27.

After arriving at the stadium, Harris, 25, bought a $10 raffle ticket from the Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County, which was selling the tickets for a drawing to win a single-family house.

Out of 14,050 tickets sold over eight months, Harris' was selected.

Almost a week passed before he received a telephone call informing him that he had won the house offered at the raffle. His reaction was not one of shock, but more of denial.

"I told the guy, `No, you're just pulling my leg,'" Harris said. "Then he was like, `No, I'm not.' I just couldn't believe it."

The two-story house at the Chesapeake Bay Golf Course in North East has three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a two-car garage, a laundry room, a great room and a dining room. The lot was donated by Mason-Dixon Realty.

Harris' new home was made possible by Gemcraft Homes Inc., which built and donated the house to the Boys and Girls Club of Cecil County for its raffle.

Proceeds of the raffle will help benefit the club's after-school and summer programs in education, technology, health, arts, fitness and other areas.

This was not a first for Gemcraft. In 2001 the company gave away a house in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and in 2000 it gave away a house in Abingdon.

"We feel very fortunate that we were able to start a company and have it grow," said Sharon Babcock of Gemcraft. "We want to be able to share our success with the community."

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