HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 15th annual walking tour

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Heidi Hewes WCA logoThis past Sunday, December 10th 2006, The Miami Shores Heidi Hewes Chapter of the Woman's Cancer Association held its 15th annual "Homes for the Holidays" walking tour. It was a huge success and all for such a great cause.

A group of friends of mine and I made it a tradition to go together to this yearly event.  We would meet in someone's house all dressed up and ready to go, and would enjoy looking at holiday decorations, architectural styles and chatting with hundreds of locals.  If you have ever been to one of these walks you know how fabulous they are, if you have not, I hope to be able to do the walk justice with my description.

The organization, every year, asks for 5 or 6 Miami Shores residents to volunteer their home for 3 hours.  These gracious homeowners not just open the door to their homes, but decorate for the holidays and prepare their homes to make them warm and inviting for the event.  The homes are always very different, in scale, architectural styles and even religious and ethnic backgrounds.  There are literally hundreds of volunteers that sit in every room of the homes to make sure nothing is broken or damaged and also to keep the traffic moving.  There are approximately 500 guests that visit the homes by invitation only.  A beautiful brochure is put together with professional architectural renderings of each home and a description, together with mention of gold, silver and bronze sponsors.There is always an additional theme in each house:  the wine and cheese house, the cookies and punch house, the Santa Clause house, etc.

This year I decided to join Heidi Hewes and become part of this worthwhile organization.  I was lucky enough to be in the walk committee and helped organize the event including finding willing home owners, schedule interviews to view the homes, decide the number of volunteers needed in each home, help coordinate the event, as well as volunteer as a greeter in one of the homes. 

It was the first time in 6 years that I did not attend the walk as a guest, but as a volunteer and must admit that although I missed the tradition of going with my friends, the feeling of giving to such a worthy cause made it all worth it.  I thank Heidi Hewes' members for welcoming me into their organization and for giving me the opportunity to help.  I feel so proud of the event and what was accomplished and can tell you we were able to raise over $33,000 which will go directly to cancer research.

 There were 5 homes on the walk this year.  Two bay front homes, one a traditional colonial with incredible boat house right on Biscay Bay and the other one modern and furnished with great modern classics.  A third home was a Bauhaus influenced 50's bi-level with incredible interiors designed by the owners and with flower arrangements that took your breath away (pun intended).  The fourth home was a traditional rancher with an incredible addition and pool area right across from the Miami Shores Boardwalk  The last home was a 2-story colonial with a massive addition an incredible piece of property.  We are so thankful to the home owners who were all extremely gracious and so willing to help and make the walk special. The decorations were amazing and the ambiance  indescribable.  Without them, the walk would not have been possible.

If you would like more information about the walk or the organization, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We are always looking for more members.

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Kristal Kraft
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Ines ~ what a wonderful event for the community to enjoy.  Its such a nice way to get to spend time together and be a voyeur in other peoples homes...I can see why you love doing it so much.

kk

Dec 14, 2006 04:31 PM #1
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Jay Thompson
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And for a wonderful cause as well!

You're a PEACH! 

Dec 14, 2006 04:44 PM #2
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marti garaughty
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 Hi Ines, what a nice way to raise funds for such an important cause. I love all the innovative ways I'm seeing this year for people to do some good in the world. Thanks.
Dec 14, 2006 05:54 PM #3
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Kristal - thank you, it's a great even that the whole community looks forward to.

J&F - A Peach!!  Are you sure not a mango or Kiwi? LOL

Marti - I love the innovative ways as well - we NEED to do more for the world, that's a fact.

Angela - I think it's the equation of life.  We need to be thankful for what we have and give back.  I'm glad you are involved with so much and I am not surprised.  Thanks for stopping by.

Dec 15, 2006 12:31 AM #4
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Rich Jacobson
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Community involvements like this are great ways of developing meaningful networking relationships. Plus, it just feels great to be a part of something that truly makes a difference!
Dec 15, 2006 05:04 AM #5
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You are so right Rich - and one thing that makes this event even more special is that it is not even advertised.  Through word of mouth, we have such incredible support from the community, it's truly amazing.

Dec 15, 2006 05:41 AM #6
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Derek and Mariana Wagner
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What a great cause! You must be proud to be a part of it.
Dec 15, 2006 07:51 AM #7
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Melissa Kruse
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I'm part of the Junior League of Columbus and we started doing a similar event last year. It's fun to see the homes decorated for the holidays and support a great cause.
Dec 15, 2006 01:09 PM #8
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Mariana - I AM proud - so much work and SO worth it - thanks for stopping by.

Melissa - The Junior League is an incredible organization.  I have many friends that are members here in Miami and some of their projects are really amazing.

Dec 15, 2006 02:18 PM #9
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Wow. Ines that is awesome. What a great feeling doing something like this knowing it makes a difference!!!
Dec 15, 2006 11:54 PM #10
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Ann Cummings
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Ines - love the idea of this event!  My mom used to open her home for something similar to this in their town, and she loved being part of it having people see how beautifully she always decorated their home.

What a great way to raise money for such a terrific cause!

Ann

Dec 16, 2006 02:10 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Ann - Thanks for your comment - every single home owner went the extra mile to make their home special and the decorations were beautiful.  That's nice of your mom, it's not easy opening up your home to strangers.
Dec 16, 2006 03:48 AM #12
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Alexander Harb
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I used to work in a homeless ministry...we used to feed anywhere between 80-150 homeless on Saturdays. We would have church and then dinner together....it was nice talking to the men and women and getting to know them and helping them get back on their feet if they wanted to.

I want to get more involved in the community again but I am not sure right now what to do.

I am thinkin about it, and I am sure God will show me what to do... He is like that.....

=-D

Dec 16, 2006 04:06 AM #13
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Alexander - thanks for stopping by - The homeless ministry work must have been very difficult and at the same time very rewarding.  I too was in your shoes trying to figure out where to help and what to do, and Heidi Hewes was an easy choice because I have several neighbor's on my same block that invited me to one of their meetings.  My dad was diagnosed with cancer 8 months ago and thought it was my calling to help out this great cause that affects so many of us on a daily basis.  Keep your heart open, as it is obvious you do, and you will know what to do soon.
Dec 16, 2006 04:47 AM #14
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Jeff Turner
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What a great idea. Love it. Wish I could have been there to enjoy it as well!
Dec 17, 2006 02:33 AM #15
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Thanks for stopping by Jeff - I'll remind you next year and maybe you can join us - that way I can see if you "stare" in person. :)
Dec 17, 2006 10:39 AM #16
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICH!
Dec 22, 2006 12:34 AM #17
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