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On Saturday December 13th, 2008 we hosted our annual Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour. There were numerous events at Turner House in addition to the eight homes featured on the tour.

Photos by Sande C and Russ Aikman

About 380 tour-goers attended the 2008 Annual Winnetka Heights Holiday Home Tour, which was held on Saturday, December 13th. This year’s tour featured eight outstanding houses which ran the gamut from large four-square homes to cute bungalows, all of which were decorated for the holidays. As in years past, Turner House served as headquarters for the tour, and as the staging ground for a variety of live, holiday-themed entertainment including performances by the Kessler Park United Methodist Church Youth Choir and dancers from the SOTE studio. New to the tour for 2008 was a display of vintage Model T Fords. Santa Claus was also a new addition to the tour festivities and was seen handing out candy to kids and tour-goers. Additional activities included a silent auction, wine pull, and post-tour party with catering from Kavala Mediterranean Grill.

This year’s tour raised a little over $11,000 – the most ever for this event. The Home Tour Committee would like to thank our sponsors: Diane Sherman, Gloria’s Restaurant, Methodist Health Systems, Shelter Mortgage, Discount Home Warehouse, Dr. Gary Penn, Grand Bank, INCAP Fund, Quaint Home Gallery, Triple J Construction, Southern Living at Home, Aneita Fern, and Shambhala. We would also like to thank the 23 neighbors who were Centennial Sponsors, a new form of sponsorship that allowed residents of Winnetka Heights to support this event. Although corporate sponsorship was down slightly from 2007, the Centennial Sponsors more than made up for the difference.

The Committee would also like to thank the homeowners for all of their hard work (and money!) in making their homes look fantastic for the tour: Elaine Schindler & James Hoff, Crystal & Buddy Hradecky, Donna Rhoads, Veta Redmond & Peter Murgola, Jeff Hastings, Michele Colbert, Ann & Jeff Fahrenholz, and Richard Davis. For those who have participated in the tour in the past, the experience can be stressful but is ultimately very rewarding. Finally, WHNA would like to thank the 2008 Home Tour Committee: Carol Hagler, Marijane Michael, Sandi Adams, Alexa Taylor, Brandy Halsell, Chris Barker, Jeff Jones, and Russ Aikman.

The money raised through the 2008 Home Tour will go into the WHNA Operations Fund. Although the final decision on how this money is to be used has not been made, there have been some initial discussions within the WHNA Board along the lines of increasing security in the neighborhood. One idea under consideration is an increase in hours of coverage by NOCUPP.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the 2009 Home Tour Planning Committee please contact Russ Aikman (raikman@uta.edu). Similarly, you can contact Russ if you know of a house that would be a good candidate for the 2009 Tour.
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