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Holiday Home Tour

For anyone who has ever wanted to see the inside of some of Ennis’ historic homes, this weekend is the opportunity of a lifetime.
The Circle of Friends group is slated to hold its annual holiday tour of homes on Nov. 22 from noon – 5 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 and all proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This year the tour will consist of four homes including: Stacy and Emil Slovacek at 4101 Ennis Parkway, Susan and Donald Valek at 1901 Cedar Ridge Circle, James and Patricia Youngblood at 506 W. Denton St. and Harriett Adams at 500 W. Ennis Ave.
Debbie Hedgepeth, who is helping with the event and is a member of the Circle of Friends group, said the tickets have been steadily selling for the tour and she is hoping the community will come out to see the effort people put into decorating their homes.
“We have all worked very hard to make this successful so I hope the community comes out to see our efforts,” she said. “Our ticket sales have been going well and if people don’t get advanced tickets, they will be able to purchase tickets at the houses on the tour.”
This is the second year for the tour and Suzanne Carl, who is helping to promote the event, said the response from the community has been very positive.
“The community really gets behind special projects and I can’t think of a more special program than the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” she said. “We know that the proceeds we raise will go toward fulfilling the wish of a 5-year-old Ellis County boy named Cordell, whose wish is to go to Disneyland. We are counting on everyone’s support of the holiday tour of homes to help us make his wish come true.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to help them cope with the situation by enriching their lives with hope, strength and joy. When the Circle of Friends group was looking into what charity they wanted to support they chose Make-A-Wish because of the dedication they have to children battling serious illnesses.
“Our group is made up of community service minded women that want to make a difference in our community and in the county,” Carl said. “We create service projects and group fund-raisers all year long to help support area charities.”
Last year the group raised about $13,000 and sponsored two children from Ellis County, they are hoping to raise even more money this year.
“We just want to do what we can to help make the wishes of local children come true,” Carl said. “For anyone with a sick child, the stresses of caring for them and dealing with their illness can not only wipe them out physically but financially as well, so if the funds we raise help to make their wishes come true, we are happy to do as much as we can.”
Carl also encourages women in the community and the county that are interested in joining the group to contact co-founder of the group Gena Soloman at 972-646-4706.
“We are always looking for new members to come together and help us make a positive difference in our community and the county,” she said. “We are a diverse group made up of women from every background and ethnicity so everyone is invited to attend our meetings, which are held the first Thursday of the month.”
For more information on the Holiday Tour of Homes, a map of home locations or ticket information contact the Farmhouse Boutique at 972-875-3855, the Brown Street Café at 972-878-0046 or Lisa Marak Photography at 972-875-1020.

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