Concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Tickets are on sale for a benefit concert to raise money for an organization that helps provide affordable housing in Mesa County.

Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County has scheduled its sixth annual benefit concert for Aug. 23 at the Western Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave. in Grand Junction. The gates will open at 6 p.m. The concert is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Exit 42 and, as an opening act, Morgan Crouse.

Advance tickets sell for $15 and are available at the Habitat Restore located at 2936 North Ave. in Grand Junction and online at Tickets will sell at the gate for $20.

Proceeds from the sales of tickets, Plum Creek Winery wines and Palisade Brewing Company beers will go to Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County.

Alpine Bank will sponsor the concert.

“We share a deep passion for commitment and community, and we understand the far-reaching needs and effects of investing in people through Habitat for Humanity,” said Tawni Kelley, director of community outreach and regional marketing for the bank.

Since it was founded in 1977, Habitat for Humanity has partnered with volunteers and organizations to build homes for more than 1 million families. Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County has worked with volunteers, donors and Habitat homeowners to build, renovate and repair more than 77 homes.

“Right now, there is a critical need for affordable housing in Mesa County and in Colorado,” said Janet Brink, executive director of Habitat of Mesa County, “Through events like our annual benefit concert and partnering with sponsors like Alpine Bank, we are working to continue making an impact in the lives of hardworking families and individuals who need a place they can afford  to call home.”

By one estimate, nearly 19 million households across the United States spend at least half of income on a place to live, often forgoing such necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet.

“Habitat works to solve the affordability problem through permanent solutions,” said Kirk Granum, operation manager of Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County, “We invest in families who wouldn’t qualify to buy houses through the traditional lending model and we use those mortgage payments to help more families move into affordable housing.”

For additional information about Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County, visit or call 255-9850.