Great Homes: 11th Annual AAUW Home Tour this weekend
It’s a lot like taking an interactive, 3-D tour through a copy of Better Homes & Garden Magazine with the added bonus of your “subscription” going to further local education.On Sunday, the 11th Annual Home Tour sponsored by the Truckee-Donner branch of the American Association of University Women will open five homes in Donner Lake to the public, with proceeds going toward scholarships for area women.”We pick homes that are usually unique,” said AAUW member Barbara Deel. “Interesting ones, ones with style – snazzy, so to speak.”In choosing what homes are “snazzy” enough to be included on the tour, everything from location to the decorating styles of the owners are considered.”Sometimes there’s a unique feature particular to the owner’s lifestyle,” said Truckee-Donner AAUW president Sal Bulkley.In previous tours, things like owners’ unique collections have been considered. This year, a local artist’s home will be included on the tour. Another one of the homes featured is built out of logs.”That’s the kind of thing we try to include,” Bulkley said.Included in the home tour will be displays by local artists in some of the homes and a raffle of gifts donated by area businesses including Artruckee, the Dragonfly Restaurant and Alpine Mounting Systems.The AAUW home tour is the group’s biggest fund-raiser. Since its inception, the tour has gained in both popularity and success, mostly by word-of-mouth, Bulkley said. In the first few years, the tour would raise about two to three thousand dollars, enabling the group to grant two high school senior women $1,500 scholarships for higher education goals.Last year, the tour raised close to $11,000, enabling the group to give four $1,500 scholarships for high school senior women, two $1,000 scholarships to women returning to college through re-entry programs and four $500 scholarships for middle school girls to attend the Science Tech Trek program at Stanford University.”We like to encourage young girls to consider science as a career,” Deel said.The Truckee-Donner AAUW was formed in 1983. Today, there are about 70 members. Bulkley said the group is “very interested in promoting education for women.”Over the last ten years, the AAUW has been able to grant 40 to 50 scholarships to local women, Bulkley said.The AAUW Home Tour will be held on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Northstar Activity Center, Artruckee, Bookshelf at Hooligan Rock and Wild Cherries Coffee House.Tickets may also be purchased on site the day of the event. For more information, call 587-2444 or 587-8120.
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