WARNER ROBINS -- Another Warner Robins home is on the block for a St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital giveaway.
Last years Dream Home Giveaway went so well that organizers decided to do it again, adding another 500 tickets for the raffle, said Ellison White, a spokeswoman for St. Jude. Tours begin Saturday, and tickets have already sold briskly.
Weve actually sold over 50 percent of our tickets, which is actually a lot faster than tickets sell in most markets, White said. So were encouraging people to go ahead and buy their tickets because theyre going so fast.
This years 3,200-square-foot house, located at 121 Abercorn St. in the Savannah Square subdivision, has five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Its two stories with a two-car garage.
Raffle tickets, which cost $100, are also available online at dreamhome.org.
Tours of the new home will continue every weekend until the winner of the house -- and 15 other items -- are announced April 28. The tour runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Those who tour the home can register for a $5,000 shopping spree at Ashley Furniture Homestore.
The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway began in 1991 when the first home was built in Shreveport, La., raising $160,000 for the hospital. The fundraiser has generated more than $224 million for the hospital over the years.
White said more than 3,500 of the available 6,500 tickets have been sold for the Warner Robins home. There were 6,000 tickets available last year.
The raffle tickets sold out last year, the first time a Dream Home was available in Warner Robins.
The house, worth $350,000, is part of a national campaign for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which treats children who have cancer and other serious diseases for free. The campaigns are held in 34 cities nationwide as a marketing and fundraising tool.
We like to have the Dream Home to be a campaign that goes every year, but obviously in markets where its not successful, we dont continue, White said. But this is an extremely successful market, and we anticipate continuing this for several years.
Last years winner, Michael Quinn, hadnt expected to win a home. He an his wife, Becky, had hopes of winning one of the $1,000 gift cards. After evaluating the win, though, they moved in, White said.
And they love the house, she said. I believe they said they were going to buy a ticket again this year just for fun.
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.