The Civic League’s Holiday Home Tour

The Civic League’s Holiday Home Tour philanthropy event

It’s never too early to get into the holiday spirit! This weekend, enjoy seeing elegant holiday decorations and collections, learning about traditions and socializing with others at the Civic League’s Holiday Home Tour November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and November 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Civic League Foundation is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to community service. They are funded through private donations and this one annual fundraiser. “We are involved because we are concerned citizens,” said Jenny Garoutte, publicity chair for the Civic League. “We are aware and committed to contributing to the growth and development of a changing community – to fill unmet needs of our citizens by initiating new services and expanding existing ones.”

The organization is educational, charitable and cultural. The Civic League helps the community by promoting and engaging in philanthropic activities, and raising money for Addison, Farmers Branch and Carrollton.

“In November each year, gracious homeowners in Addison, Farmers Branch and Carrollton open their homes for viewing,” explained Garoutte. “They share their decorative styles, holiday traditions and unique collections. The tour is our only fundraiser and requires help from our entire volunteer, business and charitable community.”

Activities at the Home Tour include a bake sale, where you can purchase beautifully displayed (and delicious!) homemade goodies to eat now or save for holiday entertaining. You can also purchase a $5 Pick A Box, which are each filled with a surprise – it could be jewelry, home décor, stationary or something else! An estimated 400 boxes are for sale, so make sure you snag yours early. In addition, you can also enter to win a drawing for a $1,500, $1,000 or $500 MasterCard gift card! Tickets are $25 each, or 3 for $60 (only 600 available). Each purchase into the drawing will give you a $15 dining certificate to either Kenny’s Smoke House or Kenny’s East Coast Pizza.

“This event is a beautiful way to spend a Friday, Saturday or Sunday in the community with family and friends – no matter the weather – in holiday attire!” added Carole Klaudt, president of the Civic League. “Many people come year after year to this fun event; it’s simply a delight.”

The Civic League was founded by Romona Upfield, Glenna Grimmer and Anna Leslie Richardson in 1963. They recognized the many opportunities for service that this rapidly growing community would have, so they foresaw an organization sensitive to the community’s specific needs, serving where no other funding was available. This all-volunteer group provides grants to projects that serve the citizens of Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch, and has a major impact on local students who need college scholarships to achieve their educational goals. Since it was founded, the Civic League has given more than $2.7 million in gifts that have benefited local schools, arts, children, seniors, people at risk, and graduating high school seniors.

Thanks to last year’s attendance at the Home Tour, and generation donations from underwriters, the Civic League was able to award $105,000 to deserving organizations and students. Help them raise even more money this year by purchasing a ticket online today! It’ s only $20 for advanced tickets ($15 for seniors) or $25 at the door. It’ll be a fun way to kick off the holiday season, give back to the community, and maybe even come home with a few holiday treats or goodies!

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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