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Oldest Home Tour in Houston Celebrates
75 Years


Setting a formal holiday table can be a little easier with inspiration gathered from the Kappa homes.

Setting a formal holiday table can be a little easier with inspiration gathered from the Kappa homes.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 Home Tour To Be Held Dec. 9-10

A tradition since 1941, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foun­dation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 will showcase the best in interior, floral and holiday-inspired design ideas. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to coordinate the oldest continual home tour in Houston. In the early days, volunteers decorated the homes themselves, donating their own holiday decorations to the effort. Today, local florists have taken over and use the most cutting edge designs and décor to transform the homes into holiday masterpieces.

This year, four homes will be on the tour: two in River Oaks, located at 1923 Olympia Dr. and 3405 Meadow Lake Dr.; and two in Tangle­wood, located at 819 Briar Ridge Dr. and 818 Briar Ridge Dr. All of the homes are exquisitely decorated, and one was designed by famous architect John F. Staub.

The 2016 Home Tour is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit charities that are working to impact the lives of children and adults in the community.

Current beneficiaries of Pilgrimage funds include Amazing Place, Baylor College of Medicine, BEAR…Be a Resource for CPS Kids, The Brookwood Community, Camp For All, The Nehemiah Center, The Rose,Texas Heart Institute’s Center for Women’s Heart & Vascular Health, Trees of Hope, The Women’s Home, Yellowstone Academy, Houston Area Panhellenic Association Foundation, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma National Foundation.

Since 1976, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million to a significant number of large and small charities in Houston. The organizations have used the funds for programs, facilities, equipment and staff as they have helped thousands of Houstonians in need.

Co-chair Andria Frankfort states, “This year we are honored to celebrate 75 years of shared blessings at what promises to be the best Home Tour in our history. Houstonians have always been extremely supportive of our biennial event, and we’re hoping this year is no exception. Con­tributions to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation for the Holiday Pilgrimage Home Tour make it possible for us to provide funding for many worthwhile charitable organizations.”

Bridget Wade, Pilgrimage Co-chair notes, “Each of the homes on our 2016 Pilgrimage Home Tour will be decorated for the holidays by some of Houston’s best floral designers. Visitors to the homes will have a chance to get a glimpse of the latest styles and décor for the season. Tour visitors are also reminded of Kappa’s gift to Houston through event proceeds that impact the lives of children and adults in our community.”

Tickets for the Home Tour are $20, and include admission to all four homes on the tour. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Bering’s Hardware, River Oaks Plant House, Cornelius and other local retailers, or on the day of the event at any of the Tour homes. For more information, visit HoustonKappas.org.

 

(L-R) Pilgrimage chairs Andria Frankfort and Bridget Wade.

(L-R) Pilgrimage chairs Andria Frankfort and Bridget Wade.

 

Using native Texas greenery,such as magnolia or pine branches for garland are among the ideas visitors can glean on the Pilgrimage tour.

Using native Texas greenery,such as magnolia or pine branches for garland are among the ideas visitors can glean on the Pilgrimage tour.

 

Oldest Home Tour in Houston Celebrates 75  Years


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