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This year, the Sugarloaf Country Club will celebrate its annual home tour, Deck the Halls & Welcome Y”all, on Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, with all proceeds going to local charities. Several different homes will be on tour this year, including a home that was rebuilt after a devastating fire.

In 2005, the May family”s home caught fire, requiring more than 40 firefighters to bring the blaze under control. The loss didn”t end with the home for Bruce and Patrece May. Patrece”s father, Dwight Leon Craig, perished in the fire.

It”s only fitting that their recently completed, new home be included in this year”s home tour. Their home not only represents new design trends, but also, a new start on life.

"It”s so hard to put into words what the home tour means to our family this year. We are excited about giving back to a community that was there for us,"

Patrece says. "I have been involved with various charity work, and it”s always a great feeling to be part of something that you know is going towards a great cause."

This is just one of six homes that will be on display at this year”s tour.

Five of the homes featured this year belong to families, and the sixth home is for sale. The house that is for sale will house The Red Sky Cafe and the Unique Boutique. Tour guests will be able to purchase snacks or gifts and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the tour charities.

Courtney and Wayne Enslow decided to volunteer their home for the event. "My husband and I just felt that the various charities were worthwhile causes," says Courtney. "The tour may seem a little inconvenient, but we think it”s worth doing."

In 2006, the tour raised approximately $180,000 for the selected charities, says Marina Peed, marketing chairwoman. "Over the six years, the tour has raised a total of $844,000, and this year our goal is to raise $250,000."

Lynn Agnes, co-chair, says one of the differences about the home tour this year is the variety of decorating styles people will see on the tour. "The design committee wanted to make sure the homes in this year”s tour represented different trends in design."

This year, the funds will go toward eight separate charities. Tickets are $25. For more information on the tour, visit www.sugarloaftourtickets.com

The Tour of Homes at Sugarloaf Country Club donates 100 percent of the profits earned to the following charities. Here is a look at how each charity helps the community.

The Gwinnett Children”s Shelter is a non-profit organization that responds to the problems of child abuse and neglect in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett Sexual Assault & Children”s Advocacy Center provides care and treatment for victims and families impacted by crimes of sexual assault and/or abuse.

Hudgens Center for the Arts & Children”s Museum is a non-profit organization designed to help foster an understanding and appreciation for the arts.

American Cancer Society (Gwinnett Chapter) is dedicated to fighting cancer through research, education, patient service, advocacy and rehabilitation.

The Foster Children”s Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides for the un-met needs of foster children.

Duluth Co-Op Group is a non-profit organization that provides aid for people with urgent physical, economic, social and spiritual needs.

The IMPACT! Group

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