Home Giveaway kicks off with ‘Parade of One’

The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties’ 15th Annual Great Home Giveaway fund-raiser kicks off and opens its doors to the public this Saturday, July 14.

This popular fund-raiser usually begins with the Home Builders Association Parade of Homes each year, but the official Parade has moved to September. The Arc will have a “Parade of One” from July 14-22. Hours will be Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m., and Monday-Friday, 4 to 7 p.m.

This year’s grand prize is once again built by Howlett Homes and is at 1822 Grandchester Place in the Leeland Place subdivision, Rockford (just off Rote Road between Perryville and Bell School Road).

The brand-new 1,900-square-foot, three-bedroom ranch is loaded with features including a master suite with whirlpool tub, separate tiled shower, sitting room and huge closet; designer granite and stainless kitchen; three-way gas fireplace; landscaped with built-in irrigation system; sunroom; and tons more!

Tickets to win this beautiful home are still $20 each, three for $50 (through July 22 at the house ONLY), seven for $100, 15 for $200, or 50 for $500.

In addition to visiting the “raffle house,” there are several ways to purchase tickets:

1. Phone—(815) 965-3455

2. Online—www.arcwbo.org

3. Outlets—Discounted tickets are NOT available at the outlets: Associated Bank, Gustafson’s Furniture, WTVO, Logli, Belvidere Pacemaker, Shelving Unlimited, Al Grace Appliance, Visions Lighting, Howlett Homes, Belvidere Bank, and Snyder Drugs (Oregon, Byron and Winnebago).

Home visitors will be treated to lots of exciting things this year including drawings for more than 24 items and gift baskets, a 50/50 drawing, and a door prize drawing for $200 in travel vouchers from Chicago/Rockford International Airport.

Individuals who purchase their tickets early will be eligible for Early Bird drawings every two to three weeks for a variety of prizes including a grill, stainless refrigerator, tubular skylight, queen mattress set, closet makeover, lighting gift certificate and more.

After the “Parade of One” ends July 22, the house will be open every Saturday and Sunday until the Oct. 11 drawing from noon to 4 p.m.

“The Home Giveaway continues to be a popular event in the area,” said Lisa Bartholme, event coordinator. “Purchasers each have their own ideas of what to do with the house if they win—sell and pocket the cash, move in and enjoy, rent and earn extra income, or give away and make someone’s day. Our winners have done all of those,” she added.

The Arc continues to rely on the generosity of its sponsors and supporters. This year’s Foundation Sponsors are WTVO-17, Howlett Homes, Benson Stone Co., Associated Bank and Gustafson’s Furniture (who have beautifully decorated the house). In addition to these top sponsors, dozens of subcontractors and suppliers have donated their time and material to make this event successful.

Proceeds from the Great Home Giveaway stay in the three-county area and benefit The Arc of Winnebago, Boone & Ogle Counties, which serves people with disabilities of all ages.from the July 11-17, 2007, issue

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