Wednesday February 23, 2011 | 10:08 PM

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland held a special dinner this evening at the Portland Elks Lodge to honor the building contractors and suppliers who give so much to the organization. Individual volunteers accomplish numerous tasks at the Habitat house construction sites, but many jobs such as excavating the foundation, wiring the electrical or putting in the plumbing require a professional, and that's where the party's generous guests come in.

Tonight's festivities started off with a cocktail party and a buffet dinner. When dessert was served, we enjoyed short remarks from a number of business owners who donate services and materials to Habitat.

MJ Dillingham and Harland Storey of Hancock Lumber's Home Again showroom and design center were the first to take the floor. With the help of Habitat's executive director Steve Bolton, the two raffled off two gift certificates and a gift basket.

Next up was Alma Garnett, the founder of Hunter Panels, a manufacturer of insulation panels, which the company donates to Habitat.

Then we heard from MJ Reed of MJR Electric, who donates all the electrical for one Habitat house each year. Portland residents will remember her as the woman who opened the much loved Fat Baxter's store on Munjoy Hill, which she later sold to the equally cherished Rosemont Market.

Finally Ashley Richards of Warm Tech talked to the crowd about the financial benefits homeowners and the state can expect to see as a result of Maine's uniform building code.

I'll have more details about the party and who was there in the Feb. 27 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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