Tickets are through the roof of the St. Jude Dream Home — with volunteers and vendors’ blessings.
Hope and encouragement are spelled out on the floor at 14242 Fox Lair Lane.
With construction paused for the occasion — and for giveaway cookies and T-shirts — supporters knelt to write out well wishes for the project to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and research and treatment of childhood cancer.
Blessings were written on the foundation before flooring was installed.
“The idea of the floor signing with the house is that all of our vendors that have given come in and sign it and give blessings to the family that’s going to live here,” said Johnna Kosecheta, design studio manager for the builder, Tulsa-based Shaw Homes. “All of our vendors pitched in and gave, so we have been very fortunate that we could give more to St. Jude because they’ve been willing to give to us.”
Just 9,000 tickets are available in the 2021 Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway to raise $900,000 for the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The winner of the Dream Home and other prizes will be announced Aug. 26 on FOX23.
Public tours will begin on July 17.
The 2,500-square-foot house, valued at $495,000, is in Fox Lair Estates at the northwest corner of N Pennsylvania Avenue and Waterloo Road in Logan County and the Deer Creek school district.
Tickets can be reserved for $100 each at dreamhome.org or by calling 800-592-1596. Other prizes include a 2021 Nissan Sentra SV courtesy of Bob Moore Auto Group.
By early this week, more than 5,200 tickets had been sold, 1,600-plus more than the same time last year, St. Jude spokesman Chassidy Satterfield said.
That’s more than $520,000 raised in three weeks, she said: “Incredible, incredible, incredible!”
The three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home has cathedral ceilings and a modern farmhouse design.
Kosecheta said it’s one of Shaw Homes’ new floor plans, the Cypress.
“What we love about it is it has huge, vaulted ceilings in the great room, and it’s one big open living space so you’ve got your dining, your living and your kitchen all together where you can entertain as a family and just enjoy one another,” she said.
Because of the year-plus-long of the coronavirus pandemic, which kept people from being able to tour last year’s Dream Home, the design of the 2021 home some extra touches.
“You know, with COVID in mind and how everybody’s been shut in, we wanted it to really feel like coastal chic, a place where you feel like you’re on vacation but you’re actually at home,” Kosecheta said.
This is the 30th anniversary of the national St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, which has raised more than $500 million for St. Jude. The Fox Lair home is the 14th house built in the Oklahoma City market.