Home for the Holidays Tour benefits Domus Pacis Family Respite
If you go
What: Home for the Holidays Tour benefitting Domus Pacis Family Respite
When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6
Where: The tour starts at Colorado Mountain College, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge
More information: Tickets can be purchased in person at The Christmas Store at Main and Lincoln in Breckenridge or the Summit County Community and Senior Center at 83 Nancy’s Place in Frisco; by phone at (970) 547-4745; via email at email@example.com; or on the Domus Pacis website, http://www.domuspacis.org.
Domus Pacis Family Respite will host a Home for the Holidays Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6, to raise funds in support of its mission to encourage cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories with the people they most cherish.
The day begins with a continental breakfast at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., tour participants can register and pick up a booklet with information on each of the six homes featured in the tour, including addresses and details about the homeowners’ holiday displays.
TOUR AND SHOP
The tour is self-guided, so participants can move at their own pace, and the homes will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Return to CMC from noon to 2 p.m. for a gourmet lunch of soups, salad and holiday cookies prepared by Doug Schwartz, head of the CMC culinary program, and the Friends of Domus Pacis, and take advantage of the Holiday Gift Boutique, which will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
“At this time of year, we’re all buying hostess gifts,” said Duck White-Petteruti, founding director of Domus Pacis Family Respite. “Why not buy something different? We have amazing sauces for ice creams and desserts, cappuccino mix, lotions and jewelry. The salty caramel sauce is to die for — I’ve probably eaten a pint of it — and there’s chocolate raspberry, chocolate-caramel praline.”
The list also includes scarves and other designer items to splurge on — “Every time I go to buy something, I see something pretty and I buy it for myself, too,” White-Petteruti said — and even gifts for your host’s or hostess’ four-legged friends.
“One of the most impressive hostess gifts I ever got, they brought the wine, which is pretty typical, and a hostess gift for our dog,” the Domus Pacis director said with a laugh. “So we’ll have doggy treats in hostess gift bags that they can take along, these wonderful doggie biscuits that have been made by our friends at Domus Pacis.”
ABOUT THE CAUSE
The holidays are about family and coming together to celebrate all of the blessings in our lives, White-Petteruti said. The mission of Domus Pacis is to provide that holiday feeling year-round for cancer patients and their families by bringing them together in Summit County.
“We all think of the holidays as coming together in whatever place we call home,” she said. “We also like to host our friends — our family of choice — and make it a very festive time we will share together.
“We hope to create memories to take us through the next year and perhaps heal some hurts from the years past.
“Well, that is the year-round mission of Domus Pacis, providing a respite time for families that need to heal, hug, laugh and celebrate what is good and loving about family, especially now, when their family is under tremendous stress.”
The Home for the Holidays Tour is a chance for the Summit County community to come together and serve other families throughout the state and beyond during the season of love.
“I really think Saturday is going to be a day that you give something to yourself by getting out and kicking off the holiday spirit by enjoying the beauty of our county and seeing these six festively decorated homes,” she said.
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