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Glorious holiday decor at Home Tour

Fundraiser: Public invited to 30th annual event on Saturday

Posted: November 27, 2010 9:27 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Bountiful garlands and playful reindeer rest on the windowsill at the Hawkins’ home in Newhall.

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What do you do three months after you move into a gorgeous, custom estate five years in the making?
If you’re Keith Davis, of Newhall, you open your doors to the public as part of the 30th annual Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital “Bundles of Joy” Holiday Home Tour.

The popular event will offer guests an intimate view of three elaborately decorated Santa  Clarita Valley homes on Saturday. Open to guests ages 12 and over, tickets are $30 and benefit the upcoming neonatal intensive care unit at Newhall Memorial.

Davis, co-owner of Dave Davis Plaster, is excited to be a part of the tour this year.

“After my house was finished, I thought, ‘What do I do next?’

“The answer was to help people,” he said. “So, when they asked me to participate, I said yes.”

Themed an “Old World” holiday to reflect the 5,500 square foot home’s impressive architecture, Davis’ girlfriend, Jennifer Richmond, picked out the holiday furnishings and did the decorations herself.

“We had no ornaments or decorations. We got everything for the tour. It was quite the undertaking,” Davis said.

Wally and Dree Hawkins have created an “Eclectic Noel” throughout their 3,500 square foot Saugus home, including the parklike front and backyards. All items were either family heirlooms or hand-selected by Dree Hawkins to reflect her taste.

“I like everything artsy, unique and different. It has to be fun. I want people to see something that brings them joy,” said Hawkins.

The ongoing tough times America is experiencing, Hawkins said, are some of the reasons she decided to participate.

“It’s more important than ever in a difficult economy to step forward, put yourself out there and be charitable,” she said. “I really hope people will come and see the tour, as it benefits the NICU.”

In the hills of Sand Canyon, Erasmo and Nora Dominguez are offering an “American Holiday,” a striking contrast to the 8,000 square foot Spanish hacienda-style estate, which includes a dramatic nativity scene at the entrance.

“This is something you don’t see every day,” said Erasmo Dominguez. “Some of the decorations we’ve had for years; others are some new things.”

Dominguez, whose home was part of the tour in 2000, said his family is looking forward to participating again.

“We support (Newhall Memorial). It’s the only hospital we have, so we have to do what we can to help,” he said.
League coordinator Becki Basham is pleased with the diverse appeal of the tour.

“We have three really beautiful homes this year, and each one is very different,” said league coordinator Becki Basham. “The tour is always a fun start to the holiday season.”

Since its inception, the Home Tour League has raised more than $700,000 for women’s services at the hospital.

“We hope this year is really successful so we can get the NICU up and running,” said Barbara Sanguinetti, league president.

The Home Tour is preceded by the Home Tour Gala on Friday, Dec. 3, at Robinson Ranch Golf Club, which includes a lavish dinner and a sneak peek at the homes.

The public is also welcome to attend the free Holiday Home Tour Boutique, also on Dec. 4, at Newhall’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., which includes handcrafted gift and food items.

Guests are requested to wear flat shoes only during the tour, no heels.

For more information on the Holiday Home Tour, Home Tour Gala, or Holiday Home Tour Boutique, or to purchase tickets, visit www.henrymayo.com or call (661) 253-8051.

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