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Homes for Hope Tour is Saturday

Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society

READY FOR VISITORS — Michelle John and her son, Joel John, stand in one of the rooms decorated at the residence at 420 Juanita St., Steubenville, as part of the 2019 installment of the third-annual Homes for Hope Tour, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. There will be 10 stops at area homes and businesses in Jefferson and Brooke counties with a light lunch offered for a donation at one of the new stops this year — Ferguson’s House of Furniture in Wintersville. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $20 per person available in advance at Exquisite Creations, the business newly relocated at 735 Main St., Wintersville, and owned by Joel John. Tickets also can be purchased there the day of the tour up until 2 p.m. for $25. All proceeds from the tour benefit the American Cancer Society. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — Joel John, organizer of the Homes for Hope Tour, sees Saturday’s event as a win, win, win.

Not only will those who participate in the self-guided tour enjoy varied Christmas decorating styles at 10 stops in Jefferson and Brooke counties, they’ll be supporting a worthy cause, as all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

And beyond that, patrons will have a chance to win prizes with two up for grabs — a $100 gift certificate for Exquisite Creations, the business newly relocated at 735 Main St., Wintersville, and owned by John, and a $100 gift certificate for Ferguson’s House of Furniture at 110 Main St., Wintersville, a new stop on the tour.

The third-annual tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday with tickets on sale in advance at Exquisite Creations during regular business hours for a $20 donation. They also will be available for $25 the day of the event up until 2 p.m. Questions can be directed to John at (740) 275-4380.

“All proceeds will go directly to the American Cancer Society,” John said. “We are excited to announce that last year the tour raised $2,500,” he said. “We are so appreciative of those who support this annual fundraiser.”

Raising $3,000 is this year’s goal.

John organized the event in memory of his grandfather, the late Mike Hornyak, who died of cancer in 2016, and has been overwhelmed by the support shown in the tour’s two-year history, having raised more than $5,000 overall for the ACS.

“We again will feature a wide variety of homes decorated in many various styles, from country to elegant, simple to elaborate,” he said. “The purpose of this event is to showcase the many styles of decorating in our area while raising funds to benefit the American Cancer Society,” he added.

“This year we have a beautiful mix of locations, each with personal touches. We are excited to announce the addition of new stops, including a few area businesses. The tour also will include some returning homes that will feature new and additional decorations and themes. Nearly every returning stop is decorated in a different way,” John said.

Each home will have a purple ribbon and Christmas lights, as well as porch lights turned on the entire time of the tour, according to John.

“At each stop, the participants will receive a ticket at the door. Each one is an opportunity to win one of two prizes — the $100 gift certificate for Exquisite Creations and a $100 gift certificate for Ferguson’s House of Furniture,” John said, adding, “We are appreciative of the Ferguson family for their donation and for partnering with us for this fundraiser.”

The tickets for the drawing must be returned to Exquisite Creations during normal business hours by 2 p.m. Dec. 14, when the drawings will be conducted and winners announced.

A light lunch of soup, salad and bread will be available by donation at Ferguson’s House of Furniture, this year’s “lunch location” on the tour. “All proceeds from the luncheon will directly benefit the Homes for Hope cause,” John said.

The third-annual tour will include the following stops:

¯ The Joel John residence at 420 Juanita St., Steubenville;

¯ 855 Virginia Ave., Follansbee;

¯ 119 Sunrise Terrace, Follansbee;

¯ 221 Rosemont Ave., Steubenville;

¯ 5196 county Road 58, Bergholz;

¯ 436 county Hwy. 60, Bergholz;

¯ 31 Anthony Drive, Wintersville;

¯ 470 Della Drive, Bloomingdale;

¯ Altered Images, 135 A Main St., Wintersville; and

¯ Ferguson’s House of Furniture, 110 Main St., Wintersville.

Participants can visit the stops in any order of their choosing.

John explained that all participants of the tour must sign a liability form at the time tickets are purchased. “This legality holds the homeowner and all others involved with the tour free from any unforeseen liabilities or injuries that could possibly occur,” he said. “For this reason, the homeowner must require all participants to present their wristbands at the door before they allow their home to be toured.”

He also noted the tour would not be canceled due to inclement weather unless a weather advisory is set in place by the National Weather Service. No refunds will be administered.

“This annual event is a beautiful way to spread holiday cheer while enjoying the sights of the season’s beauty,” John said.

“I’m so appreciative of all those that are yearly supporters of this charity. Both the participants and the home owners are helping, with the donation of time and talents, to help end cancer. During this holiday season, I encourage you to get involved with the Homes for Hope tour. I have found that, by participating in this event, you are filled with a beautiful feeling. That feeling of love, peace and goodwill shouldn’t just be a statement,” he said.

“It should be our theme as we act out the message of charity during this Christmas season. There is much sadness going on in today’s society, but there also is much happiness and joy. I believe that this annual event is a positive experience and a beautiful way to support those who are suffering from cancer.”

(Kiaski can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)

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