Area Parade of Homes continues through July 23

The ARC of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle counties has announced the start of the 14th Annual Great Home Giveaway. This year’s house is at 893 List Lane, Belvidere, in the Riverbend West Subdivision. The winner will be drawn Oct. 12 live on WTVO-Channel 17’s 6 p.m. news.

The $184,000 Grand Prize is an accessible 1,900 square-foot, three-bedroom ranch-style home built by Howlett Homes. Features include the following: great-room with two-sided fireplace, cathedral and 9-foot ceilings; large kitchen with maple and granite; dining room with hearth; sun porch; first-floor laundry; large master suite with his/her walk-in closets and whirlpool bath; two-car garage; fully landscaped with in-ground irrigation system; skylights; security system; and wired for phone/cable/Internet. This home also meets the accessibility requirements of a Lifetime Home.

Besides the ARC office, the $20 tickets are on sale at the following outlets:

Rockford area—Associated Bank, Value City Furniture, WTVO, Logli, Cub Foods, Shelving Unlimited, Al Grace Appliance, Benson Stone and Visions Lighting.

Surrounding communities—Howlett Homes, Belvidere Pacemaker, Belvidere Bank and Snyder Drug in Oregon, Byron and Winnebago.

Tours begin with the Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes, which runs July 15-23. Hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. and weeknights, 4:30-8:30 p.m. After the parade, the “raffle house” will be open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. until the Grand Prize drawing in October.

Raffle tickets are $20 each, or purchaser can take advantage of two “Big Spender” specials: 15 tickets for $200 (33 percent discount) or 50 tickets for $500 (50 percent discount). Ticket buyers can also win prizes, such as a grill, closet make-over, refrigerator, tubular skylight, and more during one of the four Early Bird drawings.

“This event continues to be such a huge success due to the incredible people and businesses in our three-county area. They understand the value of The ARC’s services to the community,” said Jacki Neil-Boss, ARC executive director.

Proceeds benefit The ARC, which helps families raise their children diagnosed with a developmental disability at home and supports adults to live as independently as possible in their community. For more information, or to become a sponsor, call Jacki at The ARC at 965-3455.

From the July 19-25, 2006, issue

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