DERBY, Kan. (KSN) – For months KSN viewers have watched the St. Jude Dream Home emerge from a sketch to a full-blown home. Now, officials are hoping to get 100 eprcent of the home funded so all the money raised can go the research at St. Jude Hospital.
The evolution of the St. Judge Dream Home has been a long process will all the raffle tickets for the selling out in a few short days.
“It sold out in six days, so that’s like the second fastest sell out that St. Jude has ever had, so it’s been a phenomenal response to the dream home,” said Curtis Cowgill of Nies Homes.
And now that it’s almost done, just weeks away from the open house, officials are turning their eyes to another major goal: Getting the house 100% funded.
“On average, a dream home is about 70 percent donated and right now, we’re about 97 percent donated,” said Cowgill. “So we’re doing really well and it’s all thanks to our amazing partners and the community for their quick purchase of the tickets.”
So, how does the program work?
When a home is built, most of the costs, from the hours to build it to the appliances to be installed, are donated.
But there are still some costs associated with building a St. Jude Dream Home.
With so much already funded, there’s another option to help people who missed out on reserving a ticket.
“St. Jude has set up a special link, or donation platform that anybody in Wichita that still wants to contribute to the hospital can go to this link and donate to the hospital,” said Cowgill.
All the funds donated through that link will be applied against any costs of the house, leading to a fully-donated home to the hospital.
If you want to donate, you can click here.
And, if you’d like to see the home before the winning tickets is drawn, there will be several open houses every weekend beginning on April 16th.
If you attend, you can enter to win a $10,000 shopping spree courtesy of Furniture Factory outlet Home.
If you reserved one of the 6,500 tickets, KSN will have a drawin gfor the dream home and other great prizes on KSN on May 25th.