A pedestrian passes by memorial wreaths remembering firefighters Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia, killed in a fire while dismantling the heavily damaged Deutsche Bank building adjacent to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in New York. New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said a proposed visit to ground zero by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during next week's United Nations General Assembly is a dead issue and it would not happen. The Iranian President requested permission to place a memorial wreath at the site, which is still considered hallowed ground to many, in spite of the construction crews at work there. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
TOPEKA -- CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, welcomes you to get started on the holidays with its Homes for the Holidays tour. It's being held this Saturday and Sunday, with a special candlelight showing on Friday evening. Here are a few facts:
The 24th annual CASA Homes for the Holidays Tour takes place on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm each of those days.
Five fabulous Topeka homes with holiday décor featuring local florists and designers will be open to the public. Here are the homes!
Howard & Elaine Schwartz, 4120 SW Lincolnshire, Hy-Vee Floral
Steve Tallen & Mary Torrence, 4112 SW Lincolnshire, Amy & Judy Cronister of J’adore
Ron Farrell & Mark Camacho, 1454 SW Lakeside Drive, Flowers by Bill
David Porterfield & Lee Glaze, 2760 SW Burlingame, Porterfield's
Jan & John Benson, 1533 SW Stratford Road, Lori Zirkle & Janice Hopper
New this year is a home decorated for Hannukah. Members of the area’s Jewish community will guide guests through the Schwartz home and explain the decorations and how they tie in to Jewish holiday customs and observances.
Tickets for the Home Tour are $9.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Tickets are on sale at:
Brenda’s By Design Cards N Such Community Bank
Educational Credit Union Hazel Hill Chocolate Hy-Vee
J’Adore Flowers & More Marion Lane Candles The Linen Tree
Kitchen Gallery, Inc. Porterfield’s Flowers Flowers By Bill
Tammi’s Antiques & Florals Walgreen Drug Stores – 8 Topeka locations
Tickets are also available by calling the CASA office at 215-8282.
A special Candlelight Tour will be Friday evening, November 18, beginning with home tours at 6:00 p.m., and concluding with a party at the Benson home 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Tickets are $65 and are available at the CASA office at 785-215-8282.
The Boutique, located at the Schwartz home, will be open during the Candlelight Tour Friday evening, and during the tour hours Saturday and Sunday. Unique gift items and fine art from more than 30 local artists, will be for sale, as well as baked goods donated by friends of CASA. Traditional Hannukah items also will be available for sale.
Proceeds from the home tour and boutique will benefit CASA of Shawnee County, a local not-for-profit agency that trains volunteers who work with abused and neglected children in Shawnee County. Currently, there are more than 100 trained volunteers working with 400 children. More than 1,200 children are in foster care in Shawnee County, mostly due to abuse and neglect. Each of these children needs a CASA to advocate for them.