2nd Christmas Tour of Homes to benefit Houston’s Hodac

Sun News correspondentNovember 28, 2012 

After a successful first year in 2011, Hodac will have its second Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday.

About 300 people attended last year, organizers said. This year, six houses will again be on the tour. All six homes are in the Statham’s Landing subdivision. The tour will last from 2-6 p.m.

Kathy Hart, executive director of Hodac, said proceeds generated from the tour will go into Hodac’s general fund. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event.

The homes will all be decorated for Christmas, and the tour is the perfect place to be inspired and get ideas for your own home, said Helen Starling, a Hodac board member.

Decorations will reflect the unique style of the homeowner. In Lynn and David Morley’s home, tour attendees will see the family’s “frog tree,” with more than 200 frog ornaments the Morleys have collected from around the world.

Their home, which has a strong Asian influence, will also include a trip through their Japanese Garden in the backyard.

At the Bickley home, family friend Cory McCants will greet guests. McCants is the owner of Corey McCants & Company based in Atlanta and the author of the book “Tastefully Southern.” McCants is also filming a reality TV show that will be aired on Lifetime next year and will offer viewers a peek into the life of an event designer.

A nonprofit organization that has provided services to the area since 1971, Hodac used to be an acronym for Houston Drug Action Council.

But as the organization diversified, the acronym no longer seemed to fit, and now the organization is just simply Hodac.

The Gateway Cottage residential and aftercare programs are still a big part of Hodac’s mission. The Gateway Cottage programs help to provide homes for women recovering from substance abuse as they transition back into society.

“The Gateway Cottage is a benefit to the community because often it is getting children out of foster care,” Hart said.

Hodac also oversees the Helpline Georgia and United Way 211 for a 14-county area.

“If you need assistance from a bullying issue at school, to wanting a divorce, to energy assistance, someone will answer these lines and point you in the right direction,” Hart said.

The Helpline focuses more on alcohol, drug and violence crime issues, and United Way 211 is for personal emergencies.

Advance tickets to the Christmas Tour of Homes can be purchased at Warner Robins branches of SunTrust Bank; Hodac; Golden Key Realty, Phillips Furniture, the pro shop at Statham’s Landing and online at hodac.org.

Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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