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Purdue Research Park companies’ Habitat for Humanity project groundbreaking set for April 12

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Construction on the Purdue Research Park companies’ Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette home will begin Saturday (April 12) when park officials and company representatives break ground on the West Lafayette site of the $40,000 structure.

“This project is truly a joint effort among the Purdue Research Park and park-based companies,” said Gregory W. Deason, vice president of development for the Purdue Research Foundation and director of the Purdue Research Park. “We were approached by some park company representatives about pooling our resources to build a home for someone, and we began a volunteer effort with foundation employees to coordinate the fundraising.”

Deason will be the keynote speaker at the groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. at 2428 Crestview Court, Lafayette, Ind., where the house will be built.

The park officials and company representatives have held numerous events to raise funds for the undertaking, called Project White Picket Fence. In addition to monetary donations, a Capp ‘n Gino’s coffee benefit, popcorn sale, bagel and coffee sale, Waldenbooks book fair, and pizza sale have been held to raise funds and awareness for the project. On April 9, Nine Irish Brothers restaurant in West Lafayette donated a percentage of its profits for that day to the program.

On May 9 the local band, Conrad Bone Band will perform at the Lafayette Brewing Co. at 622 Main St. in Lafayette. The restaurant will provide the venue, sound equipment and equipment operator. The band is donating all cover charges to the Habitat project. Other upcoming events include a Lafayette Brewing Co. night and a Texas Roadhouse night with an amount from the evening’s sales supporting the project.

Lafayette native Marjorie “Margie” Britton is the recipient of the Purdue Research Park Habitat sponsored home. She is responsible for the project’s name.

“When I dreamed about owning my own home, I always put a white picket fence around it,” Britton said.

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette chooses recipients based on a set of guidelines that include the need for housing, willingness to partner in the program and the ability to repay the mortgage.

In addition to individual contributions, corporate donations also are being accepted. Companies such as New York Life Insurance Co., Endocyte Inc., Research Park Associates LLC, Advanced Process Combinatorics Inc. and Purdue Research Foundation have already made contributions to Project White Picket Fence.

For more information about Purdue Research Park’s Project White Picket Fence and to learn how to make donations or volunteer, contact Constance Alstad, project coordinator, at (765) 496-7721, cmalstatd@prf.org.

About Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. There are more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

About Purdue Research Park

The 725-acre Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is home to more than 140 companies. About 90 of these firms are technology-related and another 39 are incubator businesses. The park was ranked No. 1 in 2004 for university- affiliated research parks and received the 2005 Outstanding Commercialization Award, both from the Association of University Research Parks. The park’s companies also have received numerous recognitions, including a 2006 MIRA Award: Innovation of the Year for Purdue Research Park/Quadraspec Inc. and a 2005 CoreNet Global Innovators Award finalist.

The Purdue Research Park is part of the Purdue Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation created to assist Purdue University in the area of economic development. In addition to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, the foundation has established or is currently constructing technology parks in other locations around Indiana including Merrillville, New Albany and Indianapolis.

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