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Fayette County Crime Victims Center fundraising house tour returns after break

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The Home for the Holidays house tours will return after a two-year hiatus with five homes and a horse stable as part of the festivities.

The tours started in 1995 as a fundraiser for the Fayette County Crime Victims’ Center where people pay to go on a tour of private homes decorated for the holiday season.

“I can’t begin to say how thrilled the Crime Victims’ Center is to revive the home tour that for so many of our community friends have become a most enjoyable holiday tradition,” said Linda O’Keefe, the legal advocate for the Crime Victims’ Center and tour coordinator.

Such homes this year include a log cabin, a Queen Anne revival home, a working farmhouse in 1830 and even a stable this year with 45 horses.

“The CVC wanted to add a truly special feature to this year’s tour,” O’Keefe said about the stable where light refreshments will be served and will feature complimentary horse and carriage rides, carols sung by a local vocalist and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to extend Christmas greetings. “It’s something to really rekindle the old fashioned holiday spirit. After all, the true meaning of the season started in a stable.”

Along with the tour, O’Keefe said they will also have a Chinese auction at one of the houses with prizes that include an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast, a “Frozen” hand-sewn quilt and a myraid of gift cards, jewelry and crafts to be won.

O’Keefe said the Christmas at the stable and log-cabin portion of the tour can be purchased as a very limited number of family tickets priced at $10 of adults and $5 for children 14 and under.

The exclusive tour tickets, which gives the holder accesses to all the houses and the stable, are being sold for $30.

“We are very appreciative of everyone’s support and generosity,” said Michelle Grant Shumar, the CVC executive director. “Their acts of kindness enable us to fulfill our mission of providing vital services that strengthens victims on their journey to becoming survivors.”

No tickets will be sold the day of the tour, and everyone must have their tickets to enter the homes and stables.

The Home for the Holidays Tour will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 14.

Tickets will go on sale Monday at the Crime Victims’ Center located in Oliver Square Plaza off Route 51 across from the GetGo.

For more information, call 724-438-1470.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or [email protected].

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