Hotels to sponsor home

Cabarrus County's hospitality industry is raising $60,000 to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity home for a local woman and her children.

Local hotels and attractions have raised about $12,000 toward building the first "Hospitality House" through Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County, said Doug Stafford, partner at Griffin Stafford Hospitality. Griffin Stafford, which develops and manages hotel properties, launched the Habitat initiative.

"Habitat has shown ... that families who own their homes are more stable and ... children from Habitat families are more likely to live in a nurturing environment," Stafford said in announcing the initiative recently.

Contributors include Griffin Stafford, Embassy Suites, SREE Hotels, Great Wolf Lodge, Concord Mills, Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kannapolis Intimidators, Reed Gold Mine, Max's Ally and Concord Motorsport Park.

Planned fundraisers include Hospitality Night on Sept. 18 at Concord Motorsport Park, a tourism expo Sept. 25 at Concord Mills mall, a World Habitat Day event Oct. 5 and a Nov. 1 golf tourney at Rocky River Golf Club.

A full schedule of fundraisers is planned throughout autumn; organizers say details will be announced soon. Details: