The 2017 Rotary Dream Home will be open to the public starting today. You can take a look at the new building in Taylor Estates from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Friday December 30th. Raffle Manager Kevin Hilgers says it is different than dream homes of the past.
“It has a really modern contemporary feel. Some might say it has a feel like it is in Vancouver. It has $138,000 floating staircase that people are excited about. It has an indoor hockey rink complete with rink board ads. That’s pretty showy.”
A new feature to the Dream Home is solar panels located on the garage.
“We think that 25 per cent of the energy from the solar on the roof of the garage will power our Dream Home. You can even go on the website to see how much power we are generating into the grid system from those solar modules.”
He adds that it is the first year that all of the furniture in the home will go to the winner.
Organizations like the Special Olympics Grande Prairie and KidsPort Grande Prairie and Area are some that benefit from the fundraiser. The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five, Grande Prairie Public School District Education Foundation, Grande Prairie Catholic School District Band Parents Association, Peace Wapiti Academy Band Parent Association, Rotary Club of Grande Prairie Sunrise, South West 40 Playground Society, Grande Prairie Skating Club, Hindu Society of the Peace Region, 577 Parent Association, Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society, Canadian Parents for French Grande Prairie Chapter Association, and Catholic Family Services of Grande Prairie are groups benefiting.
Last year was the biggest year for ticket sales and Hilgers says they hope to surpass that. Tickets are on sale now and you can also learn more about the 50-50 draw and early bird prizes on the website.