YWCA to host holiday home tours, meals


Tyler Loontjer stands Thursday alongside the new "Welcome
to Geneva" sign at the west entrance to town on Nebraska
Highway 41. Building the sign was his Eagle Scout project.

Decorators looking for new and exciting ways to deck their halls this Christmas season need look no further than the annual Holiday Home Tours fundraiser offered in Hastings on Dec. 7 and Doniphan Dec. 14.

Hosted by the YWCA of Adams County, this year's Hastings tour will shine the spotlight on four homes tastefully decorated for the holidays: Dianne Siebert, 508 Quail Circle; Arletta Towns, 3607 Wendell Drive; Paula Childers, 1004 N. Burlington Ave.; and Becky Maddox Spady, 2980 N. Baltimore Ave.

Also in the spirit of keeping the holiday spirit flowing, the YWCA is hosting its annual holiday luncheon the same afternoon, hosted by Peg Welch, Dusty Hasse, Jan Hill and Pat Gartner.

Three Doniphan homes will be spruced up for the tour Dec. 14 — Jeff and Gina Fitch, 39 Lillian Lane; Len Mulligan, 3 Sonja Drive; and Jon and Mel Smith, 330 Renee Road Homes.

They will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for each tour day. Tickets are available for each of the three events, along with tour ticket packages that include the luncheon.

"It's just so much fun," said Dona Haberer, YWCA executive assistant. "It's something people do every year. It kind of gets them into the holiday spirit."

Between 150-200 people attended last year's home tour, with even more visitors expected this time around, Haberer said. The Doniphan tour marks the first time a specific date has been set aside for the city to showcase homes, she said.

"We've had Doniphan homes on the tour before, but this is the first year we've actually had separate dates for the tours," she said.

Last year's event raised about $4,000 in support of YWCA programs, Haberer said. This year's goal is $5,000.

"People can expect a fabulous tour again this year," she said. "The homes will be beautifully decorated to give people some ideas about how they can go home and decorate their own home."

Tickets for the event are available in advance at the local YWCA, Espresso America, Five Points Banks, Around the Block in Doniphan and Lewis Greenscape in Grand Island.

The Y is also hosting a Christmas brunch at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at its facility located at 604 N. St. Joseph Ave. Major Abe Tamayo, senior pastor of the Salvation Army in Hastings, will share a message during the event.

For information, call 402-462-8821.








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