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Peace House requests support of Luxury Home Tour auction

by Andrew Kirk, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Luxury Home Tour is going to new heights this year, literally, as the arrival of a helicopter begins the 5:30 p.m. live auction.

It is the 19th year of the tour and auction, explained organizing committee chair Sandra Vogt. The annual event, hosted by the Park City Board of Realtors for the benefit of the Peace House, always features dinner, dancing and drinks alongside a live and silent auction.

This year the event will have a few additional features to keep it fresh and fun, said Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten.

The arrival of the helicopter is to promote one of the services up for bid: a ride to see changing leaf colors in the fall followed by a picnic at The Colony this year’s presenting sponsor.

Another high-profile item up for bid is a piece of art by Dennis Duce inspired by the Peace House, Vogt explained.

This year’s auction is July 1 several weeks earlier than past years, Patten pointed out.

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It will take place outdoors at La Caille in Sandy and is themed, "Vineyard Soiree."

"It’s going to have a different feel to it," Patten said. "La Caille is gorgeous, and I’ve ordered up good weather."

Other auction items include a certificate to "dine out" once a month for a year, a High West Distillery tasting dinner for 10, a guided snowshoe hike and dinner at The Colony, and Utah Jazz tickets with items autographed by Jazz star Deron Williams, Vogt said.

Besides a helicopter, two other features new this year are the Martini Maui Madness and a golfing hole-in-one contest.

All evening, buy a cocktail and be entered to win a condo stay in Maui, Hawaii. Every purchase comes with a $50 gift certificate to La Caille restaurant, Vogt said.

A putting green will be set up and everyone who gets a hole-in-one will win a Lexus vehicle rental for a weekend and a gift basket. Everyone who gets close to a hole will also win a prize, she added.

Tickets are $150 and proceeds go to the Peace House. Supporting philanthropic endeavors is a major goal of the Park City Board of Realtors, Vogt said. It’s especially important in the difficult economy.

As families worry more about money, mistreatment of women and children seems to escalate, Vogt and Patten explained. The Peace House has had to cut staff while also seeing more people requesting help and services, Patten added.

A reason for holding the auction at La Caille is that the Peace House serves families in both Salt Lake and Summit counties. Organizers are seeking auction participants from all over for the July 1 event.

The auction is the Peace House’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Patten said.

"This is a tough time for the Peace House," she added.

All Resorts Express has offered to arrange transportation to Sandy for people wishing to be shuttled.

The auction is the first of two events the Park City Board of Realtors organizes annually. The second will be the Luxury Home Tour on Aug. 14, which features homes not otherwise open to the public.

To buy tickets call 435-658-4739

Or visit http://www.luxuryhometour.org


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