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6th Annual Gingerbread Build Held At The Corners of Brookfield

From Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County​ held their 6th annual Gingerbread Build at The Corners of Brookfield On Dec. 12.

BROOKFIELD, WI—Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County held its smallest, and most unique build of the year. Decorated gingerbread houses were on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 at The Corners of Brookfield.

Teams that entered gingerbread houses represented businesses, Habitat staff, organizations, churches, youth groups, and individuals.

A grand prize worth $200 from The Corners was awarded for the Fan Favorite house, and a limited number of premade, undecorated houses were available for purchase after the event. The remaining gingerbread houses were donated to local nonprofit organizations by CEO Mike Crowley and Volunteer Services Manager Johanna Kaye.

Waukesha County Technical College has donated gingerbread houses for several years. This year the college donated over 20 gingerbread houses.

Kelly Gerlach, Development Manager of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, said the gingerbread houses in the past have been amazing. Gerlach, who started in May, has seen pictures of gingerbread houses with electronic lights. There have been twinkling lights, a working fireplace, trees lining the homes, and other creative touches. One house was "Nightmare Before Christmas" themed, which is Gerlach's favorite.

Amateur bakers, not just professional bakers, come up with unique designs. There are different levels for the contest to show off one's skillset.

2020 Registration fees:

  • $50 for professional bakeries

  • $40 for amateur bakers or artists

  • $30 for individuals, churches, businesses, or youth groups

"I tried to do a gingerbread house this past Halloween and didn't even get it out of the box before I got frustrated," she joked.

Gerlach said the event is about bringing families together and the community together to showcase their skills.

The public paid $1 on Dec. 12 to vote on their fan favorite. The votes were tallied up and the winner was announced the following week. Virtual voting was also available on social media.

After the voting, the gingerbread houses were displayed at the Waukesha Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The houses were auctioned off in a silent auction. In the past, people have bought the houses for centerpieces for an event, Gerlach said.

"The holidays look different this year. The gingerbread houses are good talking pieces," she said.

Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County builds decent, affordable homes for families who are unable to purchase a home through traditional methods. Another aspect of the Gingerbread Build is to bring awareness that the Waukesha County organization is a separate entity. Gerlach told Patch when people donate their time, money, and items it is going specifically toward helping people in the community of Waukesha.

"The need is massive. There is not much affordable housing in Waukesha," Gerlach said. The organization is finishing up a Habitat for Humanity home on Whiterock Avenue for a single mom with young children.

In spring, there are plans to break ground on Grandview for two homes. The pandemic has caused difficulties with fundraising and many events had to be postponed or went virtual.

"We need your help more than ever," Gerlach said. ###

Further coverage of the event from WISBUSINESS can be found here.