The house of your dreams could be yours for just $100.
Hard to believe? It's true.
The Family Y is giving away its fourth Dream Home - a new four-bedroom, three-bath house in the Farmington subdivision just off Hereford Farm Road in Columbia County.
The 2,350-square-foot house is brick with vinyl trim, a double garage and a backyard deck. The yard is fully landscaped and has an automatic sprinkler system. The house has 12-foot ceilings in the dining room and great room, a fireplace with gas logs, and hardwood floors in the dining room and foyer. The master suite includes a walk-in closet, double vanity sinks, and a bathroom with a shower and Whirlpool tub.
Are you drooling yet?
Just buy a ticket and it could all be yours.
The winner will, no doubt, be getting a bargain.
"Any banker in town will tell you that $100 for a $175,000 home is a great deal," said Preston Moss, vice president of Blanchard and Calhoun - a major sponsor in the fund-raiser. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold.
"People's odds are better that way," said Jerry Dickson, CEO of the Family Y. "A one in 2,000 chance isn't bad."
A drawing to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Family Y Wilson Center, 3570 Wheeler Road, will narrow the field to 100 ticket-holders.
Those 100 will attend a dinner at the Clubhouse on Thursday, Oct. 12. That night, one ticket at a time will be drawn from the pool of semifinalists, and the last ticket remaining will win.
Tickets may be charged by phone by calling 733-1030. They can be purchased at several area banks, Kroger stores, Pump 'N Shop and all locations of the Family Y.
From Saturday through Sept. 24, the dream home will be open for tours Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. The house is being built by Toxey M. Smith.
Mr. Moss said plans for the house have changed since construction began.
"The house was originally a three-bedroom but has evolved into a four-bedroom," he said.
The Y sponsors the home raffle on alternate years. All 2,000 tickets were purchased in 1998. The Y uses profits from ticket sales to benefit programs at its facilities.
Past proceeds have funded a children's pool at the Wilson Center and purchased a bus for use in conjunction with after-school and camp programs.
"The money we make is very much needed," said Catherine Stuckey, chairwoman of the Family Y board of directors.
"That is one of our biggest fund-raisers other than our annual support campaign," Mr. Dickson said. "We are also a United Way agency, so we get some funding from them."
Plans for the proceeds from this year's raffle include gymnasium improvements at the Wilson Center and the refurbishing of the Wheeler Center's pool.
What: The Family Y Dream Home Raffle 2000
When: The initial ticket drawing, which will reduce 2,000 ticket-holders to 100, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Wilson Family Y, 3750 Wheeler Road, The final 100 will be invited to attend a dinner and final drawing at the Clubhouse on Oct. 12.
How much: Tickets are $100. They can be charged by phone (Visa or MasterCard) at 733-1030 or purchased at three Y locations (3570 Wheeler Road, 3532 Wheeler Road and 2340 Milledge Road) and at area Georgia Bank & Trust, Regions Bank, SouthTrust, Wachovia, First Union, Kroger and Pump 'N Shop locations.
For more information: Call the Family Y at 3750 Wheeler Road, 733-1030.
Where: The Family Y Dream Home, 360 Farmington, Lot-13, Block D, Farmington subdivision in Columbia County, just off Hereford Farm Road.
When: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. through Sept. 24.