A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday in front of a north Clovis home that officials and nonprofit leaders hope might be worth $1 million — $1 million in donations to the 17th annual Granville Home of Hope fundraising campaign, that is.
The brand-new, three-bedroom home in Granville Homes’ Deauville East neighborhood will be given away in a grand prize drawing on Sept. 28, and proceeds from ticket sales will benefit 12 nonprofits: Angels of Grace, Art of Life Cancer Foundation, Breaking the Chains, CASA of Fresno and Madera Counties, Central California Food Bank, Foundation for Central Schools, Foundation for Clovis Schools, Foundation for Sanger Schools, Fresno Rescue Mission, Fresno Police Chaplaincy Program, Hinds Hospice, and Parents & Addicts In Need (PAIN).
Since 2006 the Home of Hope program has raised more than $7.4 million to benefit local charitable organizations.
The 2,032-square-foot Pasatiempo home, which was built with materials and labor donated by Granville and contractors, isn’t the only prize. Fresno Lexus is donating a two-year lease on a 2022 Lexus NX that will be raffled off on Sept. 14.
The speakers at Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting included Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, who said the funds raised through Home of Hope ticket sales are critical to keeping some nonprofits operating such as the Fresno Rescue Mission, which he says gets little to no government support.
“Every dollar that’s raised goes right back to help nonprofits here in our local community,” Magsig said. “So I just want to say thank you on behalf of the Board of Supervisors for the great work that Granville Homes continues to do. And also thank you to the many different nonprofits that will be recipients of these funds here very shortly.”
Debra Rush, founder and CEO of Breaking the Chains, which provides residential and nonresidential treatment and care for victims of human trafficking, said that with the current inflation situation and economic uncertainties, some people might be thinking twice about buying a Home of Hope ticket this year.
“But right now, more than ever, families are suffering. Lives are being impacted. People are reacting out of economic desperation,” Rush said. “And you today can be that light at the end of their tunnel.”
Lisa Casarez, founder and CEO of the Angels of Grace Foster Family agency, said the proceeds from the Home of Hope fundraiser are invaluable to her organization, as well as the other nonprofits.
The services that Angels of Grace provides for children and their families aren’t covered by the funding the agency receives from Fresno County, so the Home of Hope funding is “extremely important,” she said. “It gets to be very financially challenging.”
Open for Tours
The Home of Hope will be open for tours from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and every Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until tickets are sold out. Individual tickets are $100 and two-ticket Lexus bundles are $200.
The home is at 1740 N. Maine Ave. in Clovis.
Darius Assemi, publisher of GV Wire, is president and CEO of Granville Homes.