Another St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign has come to a close and with it brought more record breaking numbers. 8,500 raffle tickets were reserved in an astonishing 4.5 days, almost two days faster than 2016. $850,000 was raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, $200,000 more than 2016. And we had more than 5,000 people tour the home during the six weeks of open houses, several hundred more than 2016.
And while memories have been made and lots of laughter – even tears – have cumulated, we are once again humbled by the amazing support Wichita and the surrounding communities have shown to the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as they’re fighting the toughest battle of their lives.
There is some sadness as we close this chapter on our 2017 house. Bella, the face of our home, is leaving next month for Memphis. Just as we were in the beginning stages of our 2016 Dream Home campaign, her family received word her tumor was growing again. And it is still growing despite undergoing various types of chemo. So now Bella and her family are heading to St. Jude to start a six week daily treatment of radiation at St. Jude’s state-of-the-art proton therapy center.
It’s because of fundraisers like the Dream Home Giveaway that St. Jude can offer proton therapy, the most advanced radiation for treating pediatric cancers, completely free for its patients.
So, in closing, we want to thank our trade partners, vendors, construction donors, sponsors, local patient families, ESA volunteers, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway team, donors, volunteers, Nies team, KSN, The Wichita Eagle, KFDI, The Fox and FFO Home, plus many more who donated hours, time and materials. And we want to say thank you again, Wichita and Kansas, for such an amazing year. We’re going to give ourselves a little breather, but rest assured, we’re already beginning our 2018 planning so be sure to check stjude.nieshomes.com for upcoming information.
All of us extend congratulations to the following 2017 prize winners:
St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway Grand Prize – Wallace Wright, Haysville
$2,500 shopping spree, courtesy of Powell Jewelry – Thomas Allen, Wichita
Brizo Artesso Articulating Kitchen Faucet, courtesy of Brizo – Weldon Smith, Kechi
$1,000 VISA Gift Card, courtesy of All My Sons Moving & Storage – Lucille Cuba, Wichita
Carnival Cruise Lines Cruise for Two plus airfare, Courtesy of Bill and Shirley Farha – Jo Hillen, Wichita
$1,000 Carlos O’Kelly’s Gift Card, courtesy of Carlos O’Kelly’s – Danny Ottaway, Derby
His and Her Apple Watches, courtesy of Drs. Zack and Hana Razek – Robert Nunn, Haysville
Leisure Garden Cana deep seating group, courtesy of Ultra Modern Pool & Patio – Danny Ottaway, Derby
$1,000 gift card, courtesy of Hinkle Law Firm – Shirley Appenfeller, Haysville
$10,000 shopping spree, courtesy of FFO Home – Kip Cook, Douglas