Five Spectacular Homes Opening Their Doors for Local Fundraiser
The much loved and always sold out Homes for the Holidays fundraiser makes multiple moves for 2020, moving to a virtual format, moving to a later date of November 28 and announcing their home owners.
The Homes for the Holidays tour has traditionally been a self-guided tour of private homes all decked out for the Christmas season while raising funds for Central Okanagan Hospice Association. This year due to Covid-19 and our efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy, the tour has moved to a virtual format.
“Homes for the Holidays has been such a wonderful event to share in the holiday spirit and inspire family and legacy traditions. Going virtual for 2020 means that we can continue this special event in a safe way, while reaching more of our community than ever before. COHA is thrilled to be a part of the magic again, at a time when we need it most.” Eva Stoffman, Fund Development Coordinator
The online tour will allow viewers to participate remotely from home and to safely share the event experiences with family and friends, retaining the universal appeal of our traditional home tour event. The home tours are professionally pre-produced programs to be watched with your friends or family on Saturday, November 28 at 6:45 pm. You can enjoy the show on your phone, laptop, tablet or smart tv as our home owners host their own tours giving you the inside scoop on their holiday style and décor.
We are excited to reveal our first-ever virtual edition of Homes for the Holidays and the generous home owners who will be opening their doors to our cameras and tour guests this November.
- Vintage enthusiast home owner Kim Andrei has renovated, decorated and styled this warm inviting home she describes as inclusive and eclectic. The home is filled with treasures she has collected over the years, mixing and matching to create a whimsical welcoming space. Kim creates many of her own holiday decorations mixing with pieces found scouring Facebook Marketplace and shops that are rich with hidden gems.
- Social entrepreneur and community leader, Linda Stober is opening the doors to her stunning home. Linda describes her best-dressed holiday home as Farmhouse Glam. Although the home has old world charm, its bright happy colours, and vibrant homeowners have it turning on the sparkle for our tour. A glass of sparkling wine, a fabulous dress and we are living a fairy tale for this home tour.
• Janet Kluftinger and her husband Andreas graciously featured their home on the tour last year working with a talented designer. This year with a bit more time on her hands, Janet has decided to take on the decorating herself with a theme of ‘Baking a List and Checking it Twice.’ This stunning home will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of a cozy Canadian Christmas with homemade crafts, DIY décor and yummy baking.
- Last year Jessalyn Broadfoot helped out another homeowner in transforming their home for the holidays. This year, her own home will be on display. She describes her holiday style as “sparkly, lively and anything that reminds you of being on holidays in the sun with a piña colada in your hand and Sarah Vaughn on the record player.” Jessalyn is a master at DIY and creates magic from her thrift store finds. This year, with the pandemic causing us to rethink our holiday plans, a tour through Jessalyn’s creative home may be our Palm Springs vacation escape.
- During these unusual times, many of us are craving our fondest memories of Christmas past. Lifestyle guru and designer Jillian Harris is opening the doors to her own home to reveal her theme of a nostalgic Christmas. Neutral colours with pops of red are quintessentially holiday. Along with fresh greenery on the mantle or in wreaths on the door, it inspires wonderful memories of a perfect holiday scene. With Jillian, we know it will be classy and timeless – and absolutely engaging.
Between the individual home tours we have reached out to local experts to share their tips of preparing for the holiday season. We’ll be creating a new signature cocktail with Kristi and James Caldwell, Wiseacre Farm Distillery and Nate Bialkowska of BarNone Events, decorating cookies with Izabela De Paz aka The Cake Mama, getting a few wine pairing tips from Joanna Schlosser of Niche Wine Co., putting together a table centerpiece with Kelle Higgins of Floral Therapy, learning a few holiday styling tips from Courtney Ungaro and Chef Rod Butters will share his secrets for Christmas morning breakfast. Traditions are a big part of the holiday season and Jessica Hughes of Central Okanagan Hospice Association will be sharing her thoughts of how to maintain and adapt these traditions during times of change in our family and community.
This Homes for the Holidays Virtual event will give you endless ideas of how to celebrate this holiday season. Tickets and more tour information is available at HomesfortheHolidaysYLW.com
Homes for the Holidays Virtual Christmas Home Tour
Saturday, November 28
The Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) has been supporting the Central Okanagan, from Peachland to Lake Country, for over 38 years. COHA is committed to helping people with a serious illness live to the fullest until they die, and to help their loved one be supported in their grief. Our support compliments the medical care received, to create as much normalcy as possible.
Media release and images provided by Allison Love, Spatula Media + Communications.