We can finally share the exciting news.
The 2016 Wichita St. Jude Dream Home campaign received the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Best Dream Home Campaign Award.
The award was presented Sunday, July 31, in Memphis, Tenn. Recipients of the award were Nies Homes’ Vice-Presidents Cherie Nies-Cowgill and Curtis Cowgill and KSN News Director Denise Killian.
And while we had the privilege and honor of accepting the award, this award wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors, vendors, contractors, subcontractors, Nies Homes team and the amazing Wichita area communities. Our near-record breaking six day sellout is a true testament of your generosity.
The awards ceremony was held in the Memphis Cook Convention Center and was hosted by ALSAC President and CEO Richard C. Shadyac, Jr. Other attendees included worldwide donors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and ALSAC staff, St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway staff and St. Jude patients and families.
The Nies representatives got to tour the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the tour, they learned that 75% of the hospital funds come from fundraisers and public contributions and that it costs more than $2 million daily to run the hospital.
But here is where St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is unique. Not only does the doctors, staff and scientists help the families that attend the hospital, but they also share all their findings with hospitals, doctors and scientists worldwide.
And the huge impact St. Jude has on children across the globe can be felt here in Wichita too. From Bella and the Bush family, who are currently undergoing treatments for Bella’s brain tumor, but also other local families who have received the help they need through treatment at St. Jude. And it doesn’t end with patients. Our local doctors and nurses who daily use the research and findings coming from works published by St. Jude.
So while we aren’t doctors, and we aren’t scientists, we are home builders. And we can build a beautiful home for someone with the knowledge we are playing a part to help find cures for childhood cancers and help make life a little easier for patients and their families.
So while we sit back and look at the beautiful award our community received, we are already planning the 2017 Wichita St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house. Watch for more details in September.
And thank you again, Wichita.