By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tickets go on sale today for the second St. Jude Dream Home in the Fairpark District.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. on Wednesday kicked off this year’s fundraiser and bought the first ticket from Jorden Daniel, a 5-year-old kindergartner from Tupelo who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 4 months old.
He was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. July will mark five years of Jorden being cancer-free, said his mother, Rina Daniel.
“We know 78 pretty well,” Daniel said, referring to the highway between Tupelo and Memphis. “For a while, we weren’t allowed to come home. That was our home for six months.”
The money from Dream Home ticket sales goes to the hospital, which is a pediatric cancer research center that does not deny treatment because of a family’s inability to pay.
ALSAC, the hospital’s fundraising organization that oversees the Dream Home program, is limiting Tupelo ticket sales to 7,000.
Each $100 ticket gives the buyer a chance to win the home at 155 Midway Drive, which is valued at $335,000. Other prizes include a $1,000 savings bond, bicycles, diamond earrings and a gun safe.
Oxford-based Twin Oaks Homes is building the Fairpark dream home, which is about about 2,800 square feet and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house is expected to open for free tours in June, according to Jessami Jacobson with St. Jude.
The winner of the St. Jude Dream Home will be announced on WCBI on June 27.
In addition to the Dream Home Giveaway, a singer/songwriter showcase will be held at Main Street Bar and Grill today to benefit the hospital. The show starts at 5 p.m. in downtown Tupelo. For more information, go to tupelomusicshowcase.com.