Guests didn’t leave town, but they toured five countries at the fifth annual Passport to the World event to benefit Geauga Habitat for Humanity. Held at Petitti Garden Center in Bainbridge, the event drew more than 400 guests and raised more than $35,000.
Special guest Chef Chris Hodgson and his gang from Driftwood Catering supplied the culinary genius in the form of foods from around the world. Guests dined and tasted superb wines and handcrafted beers provided by Vintage Wine Distributor and Chardon BrewWorks.
The raffle featured a Bella Design Jewelers vintage-style diamond necklace. The silent auction featured 50 items and the live auction featured a trip to Colorado and an exotic trip to South Africa among other treasures.
Geauga Habitat for Humanity helps local hard-working families achieve self sustainability through affordable home ownership by partnering with families who commit to giving sweat equity hours and pay back a no-money down, zero-interest loan, noted Executive Director Betty Kimbrew.
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALI McSHERRY,