The Aequalis Study Club will spice up the holiday as they host their Annual 2021 Christmas Open House Extravaganza from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.
Suzy Bruner, Aequalis club member, said the tour is one of their largest events during the year, bringing in around $5,000.
According to Bruner, one of the best things about the Aequalis fundraisers is that the proceeds go directly back to the community.
“In an average year, we return approximately $25,000 back in to community nonprofits, or through scholarships,” she said.
According to Bruner, the Aequalis Study Club has hosted the open houses for nearly 40 years.
The event will feature the homes of Rusty and Jana England at 2706 Wild Oaks Drive, which features the Sweet Shoppe; the home of Silas and Bethany Stewart at 2510 Wildwood Place, which features the Tree Raffle; and the home of Heath and Lauren Brown at 1014 Oakview Drive.
“We realize having their home on the tour is a costly and time-consuming job for our homeowners,” Bruner said. “We are extremely grateful for their willingness to help. We make a donation to their charity of choice on their behalf but we could not do this without them.”
According to a recent release, The Aequalis Study Club began in 1974 “with the purpose of working together to reach out to others.”
Some of the projects, groups and activities which the club participates in and helps support include providing academic scholarships and funding with Project Graduation, Toy Shop of Duncan, United Way of Stephens County, Safe Center, Rotary Club’s Auction, Chisholm Trail Hospice, Gabriel’s House, Food for Kids, Beautiful Day and OneDuncan.
Tickets for the event are $8 in advance at participating businesses or $10 at the door of any of the houses.
Advance tickets for the tour can be purchased at the following business in Downtown Duncan: The Ginger Jar, Distinctive Decor, Dear Friends, Sumac Trading Co, Eclectic Echo, Three French Hens and Jeanne Kay Designs or from any Aequalis member.
During the event, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase Aequalis Christmas Tree Raffles tickets for $5 per ticket and tickets can be purchased through an Aequalis member.
The winner of the raffle will get a seven-and-a-half foot pre-lit, fully decorated Christmas tree.
According to a release, the tree will be showcased in the home tour.
The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5, and patrons don’t need to be present to win.
Proceeds from the event will help benefit Aequalis’ causes and local charities.
This event is for adults only and no photography will be allowed during the tour.