USD 204 Education Foundation plans new homes tour
With the help of some local businesses, the USD 204 Education Foundation hopes to start a new tradition in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville.
A Fall Home and Garden Tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14. The goal is to promote local businesses and promote tourism in Bonner Springs, all while raising funds to support students.
“The idea really came out of our specialty retail merchants meeting, from the merchants,” said Marcia Harrington, community and economic development director. “… They are all the time trying to come up with ideas in generating more traffic and bringing visitors to downtown Bonner Springs, so that was the whole premise for it.”
The Education Foundation in the past did homes tours around Christmas as a fundraiser, but it has been at least five years since the last tour.
“This one has a lot more perks and more people involved,” said Vicky Wheeler, a member of the Education Foundation’s board.
Setting the tour in the fall also creates fewer conflicts with other events, allows outdoor areas to be part of the tour and takes away the concern of snowy or icy roads.
The Education Foundation hopes the event will help it further increase the number of $1,000 scholarships it offers to Bonner Springs High School seniors. Jerry Abbott, foundation director, said the foundation already has increased the number of scholarships to be offered this year from 10 to 12, with the ultimate goal of someday offering 20 scholarships each year. The homes tour could potentially boost the number to 13 this year.
Tickets are $15. Participants must have their tickets for entry into the homes, as well as for a drawing for a grand prize or a second-place prize. At each home they visit, their ticket will be punched by the volunteer guiding the home’s tour. The tickets can be left at the last home participants visit as the drawing entry.
Participants also will be given a card to receive 10 percent off at the eight Downtown Bonner-area businesses through Sept. 30. If all eight merchants punch that card, it also can be entered in the drawing.
The grand prize is a one-night stay at Back ‘N Thyme Bed and Breakfast, which is one of the homes on the tour. The second-place prize is a gift basket of products gathered by the participating merchants.
Wheeler said the goal is to sell at least the 200 tickets that have been printed.
“We’d love to have that many — we’ll go print more if we have to, but we’d love to get that many,” she said.
The homes featured are:
• Quinton and Karrie Brewer, 13275 S. 142nd St.
• Doug and Sonya Clements, 541 Lake of the Forest
• Don and Paula Kerns, 637 Allcutt
• Jeff and Susan Martinek, 1830 S. 98th St., Edwardsville
• Randy and Ann Nordquist, 615 Lakewood
• Clinton and Judy Vickers, 1100 S. 130th St. (Back ‘N Thyme Bed and Breakfast, noon to 4 p.m. only)
Tickets can be purchased in advance at downtown businesses Bittersweet on Oak, The Pink Zebra or This and That, as well as Bonner Springs City Hall. Tickets also can be purchased at the homes on the day of the event. For more information, contact the foundation at 913-422-5600 ext. 1022.