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Flavor event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity
Tickets on sale for dinner, show
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Habitat for Humanity - Barton County Area chairman Austin Coyan talks about the groups upcoming fundraiser, Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce coffee. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The area Habitat for Humanity group will again sponsor Barton County’s Got Flavor, a fun evening of food paired with dueling pianos. Tickets are on sale for this fundraiser, set for the evening of Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Great Bend Events Center.
Food tastings will start at 6:30 p.m. and the Colorado Keys will take the stage at 7:30. Tickets are $25 per person for the dinner and show, or $15 for the show only. Tickets may be purchased at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, 1125 Williams St. Tickets may also be reserved by contacting the group at or by sending a message through the Facebook page Habitat for Humanity: Barton County Area.
Guests at the dinner will have the opportunity to taste a variety of food prepared by local volunteer chefs and then vote for their favorite dish. Tickets for the dinner, which includes a cash bar, are limited.
The Colorado Keys performed at last year’s program and are described as high energy, dueling pianos entertainers.

Habitat for Humanity
Austin Coyan, chairman of the Habitat for Humanity - Barton County Area, talked about the event and the mission of the volunteer organization during Thursday morning’s Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.
“Since our affiliation with Habitat for Humanity we have helped seven families,” said Coyan, a certified public accountant at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball in Great Bend.
All donations the organization receives are used to help build or remodel homes for partner families.
“We don’t give houses away; that is the biggest misconception about Habitat for Humanity,” Coyan said. Families invest sweat equity in homes that are built using volunteer labor. They buy the homes with a 25-year, zero-interest loan.
The area Habitat serves the area within a 25-mile radius around Great Bend. At present, volunteers are building a home in Hoisington and fixing up a dilapidated home in Great Bend. The organization also has started a program called Brush of Kindness to work with people who are already homeowners on repairs and winterization projects.
“We are 100 percent volunteer-based,” Coyan noted. Habitat for Humanity - Barton County Area is a United Way of Central Kansas partner.