Since 1962, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (262 Danny Thomas Place, 901-595-3300, Memphis, Tenn.; www.stjude.org) has become a national source of hope for families of children suffering from cancer and other illnesses. According to its website, the research institution's methods have elevated overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent at the time the hospital opened to 80 percent today. The facility stands alone as the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.
In that giving spirit, St. Jude will host its annual Dream Home Giveaway (www.dreamhome.org) in New Orleans. A drawing on June 13 — the first such giveaway hosted in New Orleans since 2005, when a home was awarded a few weeks before Hurricane Katrina — will determine the winner of a new home in Marrero from among people who purchased a $100 ticket.
"This is our re-inaugural year, and the response has proven it," says Andree Miller, event marketing representative. "Several of these homes are given away across the country. On Sunday, June 13, a televised special will air on WVUE-Fox 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Toward the end of the program, the winner of the home will be drawn."
Sponsors for the event include Willow Homes, WVUE-Fox 8, WNOE 101.1 FM, Iberiabank, Hancock Fabrics and Halpern's Furnishing Store. Tickets can be purchased at any Iberiabank or Hancock Fabrics location in the region. Only 6,000 tickets will be sold.
In addition to the home, ticket holders have a chance to win 11 prizes, each valued at $1,000 or more. These include a $1,000 gift certificate to Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, dinner for two for a year at Catch Seafood Pub, and a Talo SmartTouch kitchen faucet and accessories package.
Nestled within the Brentwood subdivision, the two-story home is appraised at $300,000. It has four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a garage. The majority of building materials was donated by area subcontractors, Miller says, and other suppliers and volunteers made the project possible.
Call (800) 327-2559 for more information.