Homes for the Holidays Fundraiser for Central Okanagan Hospice Association

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 

6:45 pm 

About COHA 

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. 

www.hospicecoha.org

Media release and images provided  by Allison Love, Spatula Media + Communications.

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