Seven high-end Breckenridge homes star in "Home for the Holidays," a first-time holiday home tour put on by Domus Pacis Family Respite, a local nonprofit that uses loaned homes to provide a week of rest and relaxation for families of loved ones affected by cancer. The self-guided tour, which takes place Saturday, includes homes decorated for the holidays as well as lunch by Chef Doug Schwartz of the Colorado Mountain College culinary school and an auction of art pieces from well-known Summit County artists. The day starts with a continental breakfast at CMC, where participants register and pick up tour booklets. "Each home has a different feel, ranging from minimalist to a house on 'Christmas-decoration steroids,'" said program manager Genia Gallagher. "Each of the homes are special even before the decorations." One house, described by Gallagher as "baronial in dcor," has five Christmas trees in the great room. Another perches atop Discovery Hill, affording guests views of the Tenmile Range, along with a collection of Santas. Yet another is primarily modern in dcor, but decorated in traditional holiday style, making for "a nice blend," Gallagher said. Home for the Holidays runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can return to CMC for a gourmet lunch of soup and salad prepared by Schwartz, plus desserts by supporters of Domus Pacis. The auction, which closes at 3:30 p.m., includes a photograph by John Fielder, an oil painting by local plein air artist Amy Evans and themed tabletop trees.Proceeds will be used to provide "Domus Dollars" to supplement the gap for families with financial challenges that might prevent them from enjoying a week of respite in a loaned Breckenridge home, explained Marylouise "Duck" White-Petteruti, who co-founded the organization with her husband Vince. "The reason we sought to do this event is the natural fit with the Domus Pacis mission to offer families going through a devastating illness an opportunity to gather in the beauty and peace of Summit County's mountains," White-Petteruti said. "Primary to delivery of the mission is providing a hearth and the friendship and generosity of our community - and during the holidays that is what we strive to do for our friends and families."
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