For those of you who also like to support your community, please join me in the 2008 Homes for the Holidays event happening this November 14th and 15th. On November 14 and 15, 2008, eight beautiful homes in and around the Markham area will open their doors and showcase their holiday best. Local businesses and designers have teamed up to create holiday cheer inside and out. Get all the latest ideas for the holidays and get inspired!
Hosted by the Varley Art Gallery, this event is made possible through the generous homeowners who open their homes to allow local florists, interior designers, exterior decorators and lighting specialists to showcase their talents. Our incredible sponsors, dozens of designers, real estate agents, many local businesses, caterers, restaurants and our dedicated Varley and Breast Cancer volunteers devote countless hours to this incredible event.
You are sure to catch the holiday spirit as you tour these beautifully designed homes throughout Markham and Unionville while supporting the Breast Health Centre at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and the education program at the Varley Art Gallery. Enjoy a lovely self guided tour of these homes, join us at the Varley Art Gallery for refreshments and do some holiday shopping there and on our main streets.
On Friday, as our special guest, you will tour the homes in the early evening. After your tour, you will join us back at the Varley Art Gallery for a lovely Gala event, highlighting all that is best in Markham. You will have to first opportunity to shop the Design Boutiques while sampling delicious wine and food. Participate in some of our fabulous draws, and perhaps walk away a winner!
On Saturday, guests will join in the thrill of visiting our homes throughout the day. Enjoy the crisp fall weather as your senses are delighted with the sights and smells of the holidays. Be sure to start early as you will want to join us back at the Varley Art Gallery to view the Designer Boutiques, and perhaps do some shopping. Take a moment to enjoy some refreshments and participate in some exciting draws. Plan to meet you friends on Main Street afterwards for dinner and drinks, and more fun shopping! What a fun way to end such an exciting day!
We are really excited this year as the balance of funds raised will support the brand new Breast Health Centre at Markham-Stouffville Hospital. This will ensure we provide earlier breast cancer detection and diagnosis in our community. And once again this year, 50% of funds raised will support the Varley McKay Art Foundation. This will directly benefit children's art and community education programs at the Varley Art Gallery. Over the past 7 years the Homes for the Holiday tour has donated over $340,000.00 towards the Varley McKay Foundation and breast cancer care in York Region. We hope that you join us for several hours of fun, discovery, and Christmas Cheer!