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  • St. Jude's 2014 Dream Home Giveaway in Blue Springs

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  • Attention, prospective homeowners: There is an opportunity to win a free home in southern Blue Springs that is over 4,000 square feet with six bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, a finished recreational room in the lower level with a wet bar and valued at $525,000.
    And it’s all for a good cause.
    This year’s Kansas City St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be located in the new housing community of The Shores at Chapman Farms, just east of south Missouri 7 , at 8808 S.E. First St., in Blue Springs.
    One person or family can win the new home that is expected to be finished in August. A raffle ticket drawing will take place in October to determine a winner, who will be announced during the KSHB-41 Action News 10 p.m. broadcast Oct. 12. Tickets are $100 each and will be available for purchase beginning June 11 at www.dreamhome.org  or by phone at 1-800-385-9756. There is no ticket purchase limit, either.
    Only 7,500 tickets will be sold and all proceeds from purchases go toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a facility in Memphis, Tennessee, that is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures for childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases, according to its website. Jacquie Kasner of St. Jude said the hospital has a goal of selling all 7,500 tickets to raise $750,000 in children’s medical research.
    A floor signing event took place at the unfinished residence Thursday evening where Blue Springs city officials and representatives of companies who sponsored this year’s dream home “put their mark” on the home’s front room floorboard.
    “This is fantastic,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross. “I’m glad Blue Springs was chosen to have this year’s St. Jude’s Dream Home.”
    He also said he was especially pleased with the big turnout of Blue Springs residents at the floor signing to support “a good cause.”
    “I am optimistic that Blue Springs will meet the goal of $750,000.”
    Summit Custom Homes, a Lee’s Summit based home builder, has built the past four Dream Homes in the Kansas City area and was asked by St. Jude to build this year’s as well, according to Kyle Jones of Summit Custom Homes. Since the company has been constructing homes at The Shores at Chapman Farms, it decided the community would be the ideal location for the 2014 Dream Home due to having quick access to M-7 and another particular feature.
    “The house has a scenic view of a 40-acre lake,” said Jones.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Dream Home builder approached the Blue Springs City Council earlier this month about the site and they unanimously voted in favor of approving a resolution supporting the giveaway.
    Not only will Dream Home Giveaway ticket purchasers be eligible for the chance to win the home, but there are other prizes as well, said Kasner.
    Tickets purchased by June 15 will be entered to win a 2014 Harley-Davidson 883 Iron motorcycle from Blue Springs Harley-Davidson, and tickets reserved by July 25 are eligible to win a 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LT from Molle Chevrolet. Plus North American Savings Bank will offer a chance to win a $10,000 Visa gift card for those who purchase their ticket by Aug. 25.
    The home will be open to the public for touring beginning Aug. 23 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until the winner is decided Oct. 12. Visitors can also enter in a drawing to win a $10,000 shopping spree at Crowley Furniture. No ticket purchase required.
    And on top of all those additional drawings, every ticket buyer will be entered to 10 other prizes that include a Talo SmartTouch kitchen faucet, $1,000 gift card to Cosentino’s Food Stores and one year of free dry cleaning at Mayfair Cleaners and Laundry.
    Above all, everyone looks to benefit from this giveaway: Money to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, that has a daily operating cost of $1.9 million; a city seeing growth in new residential developments; ticket buyers having the chance to win a variety of prizes; and most importantly: the opportunity to help ailing children.
    “They’re (St. Jude) welcome to build in Blue Springs next year, too,” added Ross.

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