Ticket sales lag for home giveaway fundraiser

By Paula Lloyd
The Fresno Bee
Thursday, August 21, 2008

Food donations to Fresno’s needy would be cut drastically if ticket sales for the Home of Hope – a charity fundraiser by Granville Homes - don’t pick up soon, officials with the builder and the Community Food Bank said.

So far, only 250 tickets have been sold, Nina Sensenbaugh, marketing manager of Granville Homes, said Wednesday evening during an open house at the home at 6979 W. Stuart Ave. At least 5,000 tickets must be sold to support the fundraiser.

“We think it’s because of the economy, but we hope people are just waiting until the last minute,” she said. If enough tickets are sold, the drawing to give away the three-bedroom house will be held Oct 11.

This is the third year Granville has held the home giveaway. Last year, proceeds from ticket sales went to eight local charities, including almost $150,000 to Community Food Bank. “That money purchased about $1 million worth of food that provided nearly 750,000 meals”, said Dana Wilke, president and CEO of the food bank.

“It would put a huge dent in our food donations,” she said, if the fundraiser fails this year. Last year, Poverello House, Hinds Hospice, Fresno Metro Ministries and the Fresno, Central, Clovis and Sanger School districts received donations from the home sale.

Tickets for the Home of Hope are $100 each and include a chance to win any of 20 other prizes, like gasoline and restaurant gift cards, appliances and jewelry.

For more information, go to www.gvhomeofhope.com or call (559) 354-6778.

The reporter can be reached at plloyd@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6756.

Photos from the Granville Home of Hope Open House on August 20th


Julie Skaff, Mary Jane Sewill and Marjorie Allen with Assistance League


Sean Clines, Sean Clines Construction & Dana Wilkie, Community Food Bank


Jill Huft, Hinds Hospice & Darius Assemi, Granville Homes


Kathryn Weakland Povarello House selling tickets to Paul & Carla Mantey of City Press


Melinda Angiano, Catalano Fenske & Associates, Dr Ryder, Central Unified and Erika Razo-Yanez, Catalano Fenske & Associates