Yesterday, we officially announced on our Facebook page that we will, for the fourth year in a row, be building the 2014 St. Jude Dream Home. We can’t even begin to tell you how excited and happy we are to be embarking on this adventure again. It is so amazing to see our valued trade partners, vendors, and supporters come together and give to this campaign. We are so grateful for the support!
Our kick-off event, Bricks & Sticks and Groundbreaking, was held yesterday afternoon. We invited supporters, ate BBQ (because we’re in Kansas City, of course!), listened to a patient family’s story about their experience with St. Jude, and gave people the opportunity to sign up to give of their time, resources, and talent to the campaign. It was an exciting day, and was just the beginning of this journey! We’ll post updates often on our Facebook and Twitter pages, on our website, and on this blog – so stay tuned!
Here’s what the Dream Home looks like right now:
And here is what it will look like when it’s all finished:
(Well, not exactly like this, but you get the idea!)
A little about the Dream Home Giveaway (from www.dreamhome.org)
“The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway was created in 1991 by Dr. Donald Mack, a pediatric physician from Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Mack has relied on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to treat young patients with catastrophic diseases and was the first doctor to send an out-of-state patient to St. Jude.
The first St. Jude Dream Home was constructed in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised $160,000 for the hospital. Since that first giveaway, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Shreveport has become an annual fundraiser, raising more than $23 million for the hospital.
Today, the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is one of the largest single-event fundraisers for St. Jude nationwide and has raised more than $260 million.
This year, the program will include more than 30 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaways and will continue to grow.
Thanks to all of the sponsors involved with the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program. Your continuous support helps raise money for St. Jude where no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for their child’s care.”
A few photos from yesterday’s event: