Public gets sneak peek inside St. Jude Dream Home

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The public got its first chance Thursday to see inside the St. Jude Dream Home that’s been under construction on Polo Club Boulevard in Lexington.

The official ribbon cutting was held on the dream home’s front porch by Erin Brester, from builder DB Homes and Haley Mefford, from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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The home is located in the HomePlace of Lexington subdivision.

The St. Jude Dream Home is approximately 3,200 square feet.  It has four bedrooms, two and a half baths with a two-car attached garage.

It has a large gourmet kitchen with a center island that opens up to a large family room with fireplace and tripe tier ceiling.

The downstairs master bedroom opens up to a covered porch.  It is an open concept floor plan.  There are even secret rooms in the home.

It’s in a great location on a corner lot, so there’s plenty of land and it’s next to a walking trail with an appropriate buffer for privacy.

The home was built by Drew and Erin Brester of DB Homes.  All of the materials and labor are donated.  The Brester’s have built every St. Jude Dream Home since the program began in Lexington four years ago.

The couple didn’t have any connection to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital prior to getting involved in the program.  We asked why they originally got involved?

“We could never give back what we’ll be able to with this project any other way doing what we do every single day, so we’re just very honored that we’re able to be a part of it and to help so many families and children and affect their lives in such a positive way through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Erin Brester.

The Grand Opening of the St. Jude Dream Home is Saturday, May 19, when the weekly open house’s begin and run through June 17.  There will be an open house every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and each Sunday from Noon until 5:00 p.m.

Just for touring the dream home, people can register for free for a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree at Ashley HomeStore.

Raffle tickets for a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home are $100 each.  One person can purchase up to 50 tickets.  A total of 6,500 tickets will be sold.  Every penny from the raffle ticket sales goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which continues to lead the world in understanding, treating and curing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The drawing for the dream home will be held June 21 ‘live’ on ABC 36 News at six.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call toll-free, 1-800-382-7512 or click here.

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Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.