YMCA Dream House open to public Friday

Experience the excitement as the 2011 Lake County YMCA Dream House, located in Concord Township’s Nature Preserve South at 8072 Rainbow Drive, makes its public debut Friday, June 24 at Noon.

Cambi, Cambria’s quartz-loving Welsh dragon mascot, will be in attendance to greet all guests as they enter the magnificent 2,700-square-foot house. Cambi will also pose for pictures and distribute silly bands, trading cards and other fun handouts to all kids who join the celebration from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The 2011 Dream House Co-coordinators, Karen Krauss of Karen Krauss Designs and Kate Weaver of Faux What, will join the Dream House’s other designers and representatives of Cambria, producer of natural quartz surfaces, and Mentor Lumber and Supply Companies to highlight the house’s key features.

These features include three suites, one on the first and one on the second floor (each with a bedroom, full bath and walk-in closet) and one in the finished 1,000-square-foot walk-out lower level with a full bath, retreat room and family room.

Krauss, Weaver and other designers will be able to tell guests how they worked together with the Lake County YMCA to create a flexible and practical design intended to accommodate today’s family as it evolves to fit changing needs.

“The 2011 Dream House is unique to today’s family because today’s family includes adult children, younger children and grandparents under one roof,” said Lake County YMCA’s special events director Peggy Swanger. “The construction and design of this year’s Dream House reflect that with comfortable multi-functional areas for family gatherings as well as independent spaces like the house’s three suites.”

The 2011 Lake County YMCA Dream House has 14 designers in all. They are Carol Demore, Halle Chiappone, Deb Stern, Kathy Snowbrick, Karen Hayes, Carolyn Rigo, Karen Szmania, Karen Krauss, Kate Weaver, Jane Andreyko, Diana Hudson Kresnye, Crystal Brown, Molly Malone Hill and Debra Metcalf.

Cambria is the only company in the United States that produces natural quartz surfaces. Cambria representatives will highlight the company’s “Waterstone Collection” to Dream House visitors. Inspired by the natural movement of water over stone, Cambria’s “Waterstone Collection” is highlighted throughout the 2011 Dream House.

The Lake County YMCA 2011 Dream House public debut tours will conclude promptly at 8 PM. Guests unable to attend June 24 may tour the house from Noon to 8 PM through Sunday, August 14.

Tour tickets can be purchased for $12 each or 3 for $30 at all Lake County YMCA branches, at the 2011 Dream House during tour hours, by phone at 440-354-5656 or online at www.winthedreamhouse.com/buy-tickets.

Anyone who purchases a tour ticket will be entered into a semi-final drawing to win the Lake County YMCA 2011 Dream House and furnishings or a $200,000 cash prize. Twenty lucky semi-finalists will then participate in the dramatic final drawing at the Dream House August 21 at 2 PM. Each of the semi-finalists will choose a key, one of which unlocks the front door of the Dream House. The semi-finalist with the key that unlocks the front door wins.

For more information on the Lake County YMCA 2011 Dream House, visit http://www.ymcadreamhouse.org, or visit the Lake County YMCA website at www.lakecountyymca.org.

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