The Sherwood Park News’ Megan Voss stopped by Friday for an early look at the dream home and to help us tell our story. Read on for Megan’s look at this important fundraising project.
A $1.4 million house in Sherwood Park is up for grabs.
The open house for the 34th Dream Home Lottery for the Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area opened on Jan. 4.
Marketing and communications manager Lana Tordoff said that the organization thoroughly enjoys being in Sherwood Park for its fundraisers.
“Sherwood Park has been a phenomenal supporter. After the City of Edmonton, it’s our No. 1 source for ticket sales,” she stated.
The house, located on Balmoral Cove in Sherwood Park, covers 3,800 square feet, has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms.
With furniture and artful, high-quality decorations already there, Tordoff said that all prospective owners needed was a toothbrush, and they could move in as soon as they get possession of the house.
“The point would be that we want people to feel comfortable here,” she said.
“We want people to feel like it’s home — they walk in… and that’s the dream home.”
One area of the house that had a lot of time and money invested into it was the kitchen, which includes quartz countertops and custom-made cabinets.
“We really focus a lot on the kitchen,” Tordoff explained.
“That certainly is an extension of what we believe as an organization, that the home is where the heart is, that’s where the kitchen is for a lot of families.”
The proceeds go towards supporting the two main programs: after school, which includes community and homework clubs and school partnerships, and adult partnerships, where adults — “big brothers” or “big sisters” are matched with a “little brother” or “little sister.”
Tordoff said the money helps make sure that the kids in the program have what they need to be successful.
“There’s that time after school and before mom and dad get home where kids can be particularly vulnerable and subject to challenges,” she said.
“Kids do better when they have healthy, caring adults in their lives.”
She also noted that they supported more than 5,000 kids last year.
More information about the Dream Home Lottery can be found on www.bigbrothershomelottery.org. Tickets can also be purchased on the website, with prices ranging from $25 to $200.