The Tradition Continues…
Does your home have a story to tell? Do you enjoy decking the halls for the holidays? Do you have unique traditions, heirlooms, or collections that you would like to display for a worthy cause? Does your home have one-of-a-kind interior or exterior features?
The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) is now accepting nominations for homes in the Conejo Valley and Calabasas area to be featured on our 22nd Annual Holiday Homes Tour, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, 2013. Please call CSCVVSB president Suzanne Drace at (805) 371-0417 to nominate a home.
“Participating in the Holiday Homes Tour was one of the most rewarding things that we’ve ever done,” says Craig Brooks, who along with his wife Dr. Mai Brooks and their two sons, participated last year with their home in Country Club Estates. “For our family it was memorable and life-changing. It was amazing to meet so many people that the Cancer Support Community has helped.”
Craig assures potential homeowners not to worry about opening their home to visitors. “The organizers and docents were beyond professional in managing the visitors. No food or drinks is allowed. All visitors wear booties. The owners decide what rooms and where guests can visit. Funny story, I was drinking a glass of water and unthinkingly placed it on our pool table as I was conversing with some guests. Another visitor, apparently a veteran Holiday Homes tourer, politely picked up the glass, frowned at me a bit and told me that I shouldn’t be doing that. She didn’t realize I was the homeowner. It gave me a chuckle but also reinforced to me the respect the visitors have for the homes on tour.”
The Thousand Oaks home of William and Beverly Dallas was featured in 1995, 1999, and 2007. “Having our home in the Holiday Homes Tour was a great way to help raise money for cancer patients and their families,” says Beverly Dallas. “We decorated our home for others to enjoy during a beautiful season. It still surprises me how many people go on the tour and how much they really enjoy going to the homes. They put together parties and make dates with survivors, their girlfriends or families to make a wonderful day of it.”
Craig adds that his family would gladly open their home again for the tour. “I guarantee anyone that it would be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life,” says Craig.
And if that doesn’t convince you, here is another perk, courtesy of Beverly Dallas: “You get your home decorated before the rush of the season. It takes the stress out of December!“