The Edmond Sun

Local News

July 12, 2013

Take a look at St. Jude’s Dream Home

Public tours begin Saturday

EDMOND — Tickets are now available for the Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway built by Timbercraft Homes in west Edmond.

“There are only 7,500 tickets available,” said Edmond resident Billye Peterson, Sigma Phi Alpha member, “and 3,400 tickets have already been sold. We are ahead of last year’s sales at this same time. A ticket costs $100 to purchase.”

The home is in Edmond at 3309 Libby Lane in the Fallbrook addition off Covell between Santa Fe and Western. The 3,000-square-foot home is valued at $425,000, backs up to a green belt and was built to be energy efficient.

 The Oklahoma City Dream Home Grand Opening is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and will be open weekends starting this weekend. Saturdays the home is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays the home is open noon to 5 p.m.

“Beginning Aug. 19 through Aug. 21 the house will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day,” Peterson said.

In addition to the home, other valuable prizes will be given away Aug. 22.

“There is no charge to visit the home, and when you do you can sign up for the $10,000 free furniture giveaway sponsored by Edmond Furniture Gallery,” Peterson added.

The home giveaway will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22, on KFOR Channel 4 news.

Sigma Phi Alpha members from across the state help host the St. Jude home each year and local businesses donate time, products and money to make the building process a success. Carol Bainbridge is president of Edmond’s Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Alpha.

“This is our third St. Jude Dream Home we’ve been involved with and we are big fans of the St. Jude Hospital,” said Santino Romo, Chief Operating Officer of Innovative Concrete Solutions. “We believe in helping in any way we can. Timbercraft Homes gave us an opportunity to be a part of this Dream Home and we were more than happy to get involved.”

This is the seventh year Edmond has hosted the home building.

“The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest fundraising programs for St. Jude nationwide, raising more than $240 million for the hospital since 1991,” said Emily Blanding, senior event marketing representative with ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities).

“Volunteers including builders, media partners, ticket outlets and prize sponsors have successfully built and given away 305 houses across the country,” Blanding said. “This year, organizers will raffle houses in nearly 30 markets coast to coast.

“Since 2006, there have been six St. Jude Dream Home Giveaways in the Oklahoma City area. More than 36,750 tickets have been sold, raising over $3.67 million for the research and treatments performed by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Proceeds raised from the sale of the tickets go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help children with childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated there, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries, Peterson said.

According to information released by St. Jude, the hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children.

St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following the hospital on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

Although Sigma Phi Alpha was founded as a women’s service organization, membership is open to men also. For more information about the St. Jude home or to join Sigma Phi Alpha, call Billye Peterson at 812-0138.

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