Volunteer Spotlight: Ann Houseal, Lauri Rivetti, and Andrea Roschke
It is our pleasure to highlight the commitment of the 2013 Holiday Homes Tour Co-Chairs: Ann Houseal, Lauri Rivetti, and Andrea Roschke. This “dynamic trio” has dedicated countless hours, tons of energy, and an abundance of enthusiasm to this important fundraising event.
This is Ann Houseal‘s second year co-chairing Holiday Homes Tour and her sixth year as a volunteer. After losing her mother to cancer, Ann read about CSCVVSB in the newspaper and felt compelled to help. The most rewarding moment for her was when a Holiday Homes Tour patron stopped her to thank her for raising money for cancer support programs. It turns out that this patron was a CSCVVSB participant who understood firsthand why the programs are so important.
“I do this to honor all of the loved ones I have lost and to hopefully make life a little easier for those currently fighting this horrendous disease,” says Ann. “I would encourage anyone with a few hours to spare to join their community in this delightful and rewarding event. They’ll meet new people, get to see some incredible homes and hopefully create some memories of their own.”
Andrea Roschke is a 2008 Celebration of Life Gala Honoree, and has been volunteering for ten years. This is Andrea’s second year co-chairing Holiday Homes Tour. Andrea and her husband Mark found hope and support with the Brain Tumor Support Group after Mark was diagnosed in 2003. “Mark was told he had two years to live. Thanks to good medicine and the Cancer Support Community he lived for another eight years,” says Andrea. “I truly believe the Cancer Support Community gave us a gift we would not have had otherwise, so I am always happy to give back.”
One of Andrea’s favorite things about the Holiday Homes Tour is the festive mood that everyone is in. “It’s the perfect kick-off to the holiday season and an excellent opportunity to peek behind the gates at some of the most spectacular homes in the area. You might get ideas for decorating your own homes! The holidays are a tough time for families who are fighting cancer, or who have lost a loved one to the beast, so it’s a fun and easy way to give back to such an amazing organization.”
This is Lauri Rivetti‘s second year co-chairing the Holiday Homes Tour, and her fifth year as a volunteer. Lauri was inspired to help the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara after witnessing her husband and her sister’s battles with cancer. Lauri’s favorite part about being involved with the Holiday Homes Tour is the inspiration she gets from talking to people who have cancer themselves. “To have them thank me for the work I’m doing, that’s my favorite part. It makes me feel good,” says Lauri.
Lauri enjoys seeing how much fun everyone has at the Holiday Homes Tour. “It seems like the word has really spread, and people get excited about it every year,” she says. “For a lot of women, this is their annual get together. Besides having a great time, they know it’s for a good cause.”