PORTAGE COUNTY Vision of Hope Benefit a success Funds raised go to Habitat for Humanitys housing mission

Laura Nethken Published:

More than 150 people attended the Habitat for Humanity of Portage Countys Building a Vision of Hope Benefit held recently at the Silver Lake Country Club. We had many supporters of the dinner and verbal and silent auctions that evening, said chairman Nancy Williams. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner, big band music by the Garretttones and silent and verbal auctions with more than 120 items including vacation travel, blimp rides, Cleveland Browns and Indians tickets, fine wines, baskets, and gift certificates to many retail stores, restaurants and entertainment events, among others. Guests also had an opportunity to meet Dwight Clark, get his autograph and have their pictures taken with him. Clark, a native of Kinston, N.C., is a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in secondary education. His career with the San Francisco 49ers spanned 19 seasons. Nine were spent on the field and 10 years were in the front office, the last four of which he was the vice president, director of football operations. Clark was part of all five of the 49ers Super Bowl winning teams. Helping the 49ers to victory in the Super Bowls XVI and XIX as a player, he was with the front office in Super Bowls XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX. He earned two Pro Bowl appearances and was named Sports Illustrateds Player of the Year in 1982. Clark is best remembered for making The Catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 Championship game, which propelled the 49ers into Super Bowl XVI. His jersey, No. 87, was retired by the 49ers organization before 65,000 cheering Bay area fans. After his memorable career with the 49ers, Clark joined the Cleveland Browns in 1999 as executive vice president, director of football operations. In that capacity, he was responsible for all aspects of the Browns football operations. Currently, Clark is a consultant for MBNA America, where he has been since 2002. Funds raised at the Habitat for Humanity benefit will go to support Habitats mission to eliminate substandard housing in Portage County. Habitat for Humanity of Portage County, founded in 1988, builds decent and affordable housing for people in need.

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