Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and what mom wouldn’t love the prospect of owning a brand new home, complete with landscaping and the latest in custom design work. A $100 raffle ticket could make your mother the lucky winner.
The 2014 Raising the Roof for Charity Raffle House is complete, and one fortunate person will call this stunning and innovative structure home on May 31. This year’s Raffle House is at 348 Ormond Drive in the TerraBella Village, Covington, off of La. 1085 between La. 21 and La. 1077.
The annual raffle is conducted by the St. Tammany Home Builders Association, and the house can be viewed over the next two weekends during the St. Tammany Parade of Homes. It will serve as information center for the 24-home tour on Saturday and Sunday and again May 17 and 18, noon to 5 p.m.; and for a parade Twilight Tour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 15. A Raffle House open house is planned from noon to 2 p.m. May 24 and 25.
Drawing of the Raffle House grand prize winner will be at 2 p.m. May 31. The home will open at noon with multiple prizes at the event. It is sure to be an exciting afternoon on the grounds of TerraBella. The winner does not need to be present.
The home was built by Susan Meyer, of Conbeth Development, on a lot partially donated by TerraBella. The home features three bedrooms and three and a half baths designed, by Piazza Architecture Planning. The main floor features a master bedroom and a personal study. The open concept dining/living area provides for stunning views and relaxation.
Valued at $600,000, with two stories and more than 2,600 square feet of living space, the home has a modern feel, with custom tile work and masonry.
Each year, St. Tammany Home Builders Association brings together designers, architects and numerous committees to build a house for charity. Proceeds from this year’s raffle will benefit several local charities, including the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, Good Samaritan Ministry, Habitat for Humanity-St. Tammany West and St. Tammany Hospital Foundation.
St. Tammany Home Builders Association has donated more than $4.7 million to local charities since 1994 through the raffle house project. While touring the home, visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket. Only 7,500 tickets will be sold for the Raffle Home.
Charities to benefit include:
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA: The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs in Covington and Slidell provide safe places to learn and grow, while having fun, for children who might otherwise be left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets.
GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRY: The mission of the Good Samaritan Ministry. known as “Good Sams,” is to provide immediate financial assistance to families in crisis while connecting them to case-management agencies that can provide longer-term assistance. Good Sams programs provide tutoring and school supplies for children, formula and diapers for at-risk mothers, a food pantry, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and pro bono legal, dental, transportation, optical and limited medical services.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ST. TAMMANY WEST: Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing by building simple, decent and affordable housing. The St. Tammany West affiliate was founded in 1981 and was the 10th Habitat affiliate in the United States and the first in Louisiana. The affiliate has completed 228 new home construction projects with local families.
Habitat offers homebuyers a hand up, not a hand out. Homeowners must make monthly mortgage payments, put in 300 to 400 hours of “sweat equity” and attend homeowner education classes. By learning the tools for success, homeowners develop a sense of pride and empowerment.
Construction funding comes from grants, individuals, companies, churches, special events, mortgage payments and the Habitat ReStore.
ST. TAMMANY HOSPITAL FOUNDATION: St. Tammany Hospital Foundation was established to sustain the healing work of the physicians and staff of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, a not-for-profit community hospital that receives no tax funding. Since 2003, the foundation has raised money through corporate partnerships and major gifts, planned giving, bequests and charitable gift annuities, tribute gifts and general donations, special events, an employee campaign and a year-end direct mail campaign.
Proceeds from the 2014 Raising the Roof Raffle House will benefit pediatric advancement at STPH. The St. Tammany Hospital Foundation is committed to enhancing the hospital’s pediatric services to ensure that its smallest patients can receive health care close to home.