After a change in laws allowing the program to come to Kansas, construction is currently underway for the state’s first St. Jude Dream Home, which will be located in Derby’s The Oaks development. Homes like this one are the product of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway, a program in which dream homes are given away in a raffle. The program was created in 1991 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and has since given away over 394 homes and has raised upwards of $320 million for the hospital, which treats children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Programs like this are crucial to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, as the children are given necessary treatments free of charge. The facility spends approximately $2 million per day just to remain operational, and all funds cone from donations and fundraisers just like this one.
Nies Homes will serve as the builder of the project. Though still under construction, the home’s progress is ahead of schedule. It’s already been framed and insulated, the siding is up, and sheetrock has been installed. Mudding and taping is expected to begin early this week.
Nies announced on its website that the Dream Home, which will be located in Lookout Pointe in The Oaks, will have a view of the golf course from both the front and back. With an estimated value of $400,000, the home will also feature 1,950 square feet on the main level, five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, wood floors, a custom kitchen, and a three-car garage.
Raffle tickets will be available in mid-March for $100 each, and there will only be 6,500 tickets in total. The Dream Home will offer open houses every Saturday and Sunday beginning on April 16, and the winner of the drawing will be announced on channel 3 on May 25.