Mr. & Mrs. Habitat Pageant set for Saturday

Four couples will be vying Saturday night for the title of Mr. & Mrs. Habitat.


The Fremont Area Habitat For Humanity will conduct the second annual pageant at the Fremont City Auditorium. Social hour is at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7. 


“It is our major fundraiser for the year,” said Habitat executive director Joy McKay. “We like to have fundraisers that, of course, raise money, but also have fun. That is why we go with this Mr. and Mrs. Habitat theme.” 


Four judges as well as the total amount of donations for each couple will determine the winner. 


“We’ll have formal wear, a talent portion and an interview session,” McKay said.


Tasha and Bode Hill are one of the four couples vying for the crowns. The two will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on Dec. 17 and have two children, Charlee, 8, and Hayden, 6. 


Tasha has worked for FNBO for eight years while Bode recently accepted a position with Limitless Male Medical Clinics. He previously served as associate athletic director at Midland University. 


Aaron and Trista Beaudette just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and have two daughters.


Nine years ago, Aaron opened Eternal Tattoo in downtown Fremont. The business has grown and is now located at 2246 N. Broad St. 


Trista is a realtor with NP Dodge and The Ashley Nicole Realty Group, as well as a director of the Fremont Board of Realtors. 


Laura and Jason Griffis met several years ago and own Classic Landscaping and Classic Enterprises in Fremont. 


Laura is originally from North Bend while Jason is a native of Grand Forks, N.D. The couple have also become skilled at home remodeling after a flood devastated many of their rental properties and lake community that they manage. 


Laura and Jason have two children. 


Katie and Dustin Papa have been married for two years. Katie, who is originally from Portland, works several jobs with her main one being with the Dodge County Treasurer’s Office. She also fosters with two dog rescue groups. 


Dustin is a Fremont native and graduated from Archbishop Bergan High School. His grandfather founded Papa Trucking and Grading. Now, Dustin and his father, Dean, run the family business. 


McKay said the couples have been busy trying to secure votes for the pageant. 


“They’ve all been out there working hard, raising money,” she said. “It is just amazing to me the time and effort they’ve put into this just to help us help families in our community.”


People can vote for the couples on There is a link on the left-hand side of the page. 


“Every dollar donated in their name is a vote for them,” McKay said. 


John and Libby Headid were the winners in 2020 when the event was held virtually due to COVID-19.

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