Caitlin (left) and Liam Canavan along with their birdhouses and Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jerry McDermott (left) and Conway President Dick Cahill (right).
Hanover– As spring approaches and the birds return to nest, they will have some newly decorated homes courtesy of Jack Conway Realtors.
For the past 15 years, Conway agents, managers and family members participated in the “Houses that Build Homes” program to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Participants decorate the birdhouses, donated by Cape Cod Lumber, which are then sold to the public at South Shore Plaza as part of the fundraising program.
“You can see how much fun people have decorating them, and how well they turn out,” said company President Dick Cahill. “And it’s an important cause to help build housing in the community.”
This year’s sale will kick off April 25 at noon, with special guest Anthony Everett of WVCB-TV. The sale of the decorative and functional birdhouses will run all weekend April 25-27. The funds raised last year amounted to more than $15,000.
“The money we raise from this really makes a difference,” said Habitat’s Executive Director Jerry McDermott at the Conway judging event. “It’s a way to celebrate spring, and to help local families in need of housing.”
Conway holds a contest each year for the best decorated birdhouses, and awards prizes for the winners in each of several age groups. This year there were 40 Conway entries.
In the 3-4 year old group, Caroline Canavan was the winner, with Colin Williams in second place.
In the 7-8 year old group, Liam Canavan was first, Caitlin Canavan second, Nicole McGovern was third and Katlyn and Hayley LaCava finished fourth.
In the age 11 group, Karen Boisson was first, and Chris McGovern was second.
In the adult category, Pembroke manager Joan Williams was the winner. Sue Depatie of Conway-Plymouth was second, Sheryl Balerna (Pembroke) was third, Kathleen Welch (Hingham) fourth, Tony Caponigro (Norton) fifth, and Joan Willams’ second entry was sixth. Honorable mention went to Conway-Mansfield manager Joyce Gerraughty.