St. Jude Home Give-Away, Winners Revealed
On Sunday, more than $677,000 were raised for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospitals. And dozens of people won amazing gifts, including a home in Clovis.
Lynn and Lew Brown of Coarsegold were the winners of the 200th dream home giveaway. Lynn says she bought the $100 ticket while thinking about helping children with terminal illnesses, but she got lucky.
Lew says his wife started screaming at him while is son told him, "That's you, you won!"
"I was in shock. We were watching the telethon when the phone rang and next thing I know, I heard my wife being interviewed on the TV," said Lew Brown.
Lew says he has retired and he owns a home in Coarsegold with his wife, but they aren't sure what they will do with their new "dream home."
"We have a son and he has a 7-month old baby girl, but we aren't sure what we will do with the new property. We're just taking it all in now," said Lew.
Over the past five years the Central Valley has raised more than $4 million dollars to help cure catastrophic childhood illnesses. The dream home giveaway began in 1991 in Shreveport, Louisiana and has now spread to 50 cities throughout the nation. It's raised over $155 million to treat children and help their families get through the difficult time.
However, Lew and Lynn Brown weren't the only winner, other people also won furniture, gym memberships, hotel stay and much more. Here's a list of all the winners from the 2008 Central Valley St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway!
Furniture shopping spree, courtesy of Lifestyle Furniture, value of $5,000. Laura Harris of Clovis. was the winner.
Groceries for a year, courtesy of Food 4 Less, value of $4,200. Shawn Conrad of Porterville was the winner.
Living room décor and furniture set, valued at $1,000. Arthur Swift of Farmersville was the winner.
Gift Certificate, courtesy of Warner Company Jewelers, valued at $1,000. Dustin Cunha of Fresno is the winner.
Beach session, memory book, and a 16x20 canvas gallery wrap, all courtesy of Kountz Photography, valued at $1,000. Nitu Rani of Fresno is the winner.
Family Gym Membership for up to 5 people, courtesy of Gold's Gym, valued at $1,000. David Bacom of Fresno is the winner.
Gift Certificate, courtesy of Food 4 Less, valued at $1,000. Lewis Reece of Fresno is the winner.
Gift Certificate including sitting fees, courtesy of Awesome Photography, valued at $1,000. Norma Bolk of Sanger is the winner.
Family Gym Membership for up to 5 people , courtesy of Gold's Gym, valued at $1,000. Wendy Zarndt of Fresno is the winner.
Auto Maintenance Plan, courtesy of Auto House of Clovis, valued at $1,000. Kim Riehl of Clovis, CA is the winner.
Motorized Scooter, courtesy of County Motor Sports, valued $1,000. My Mgo of Visalia is the winner.
Game Seats package, courtesy of Fresno Falcons Hockey. Fred Tanimoto of Selma is the winner.
Cookie Bouquets for a year, courtesy of Cookies by Design, and a two night stay at San Joaquin Hotel, valued $1,003.57. Charles Francone of Sanger is the winner.
USB Broadband device with one year free service, courtesy of Cricket Communications, and a men's 14K gold watch, valued $1,100. Dolores Armo of Fresno is the winner.
Luxury Suite Gift Certificate, courtesy of Fresno Fuego Soccer, valued at $1,150. Patricia Clinton of Fresno. is the winner.
Homeplate Box Gift Certificate, courtesy of Fresno Grizzlies Baseball, valued $1,150. Priscilla Montes of Sanger is the winner.
Italian hand-crafted framed mirror with custom finishing, valued at $1,440. Luis Cruiz of Fresno is the winner.
Custom Garage Cabinets, courtesy of Storage Systems, valued at $1,500. Pete Riojas of Fresno is the winner.
Two night stay at the Holiday Inn in Santa Maria and a Wine Connoisseur Experience at Addamo Vineyards on the Central Coast, valued at $1,700. William Smith of Clovis is the winner.
Preferred Plus Bundle package for 12 months, courtesy of Comcast Cable, valued at $2,500. Margarito Rio Frio of Fresno is the winner.
One Progressive tube solar water heater, including installation, courtesy of Sharpe Solar Energy Systems, valued at $7,700. Ralph Vanlenca of Clovis is the winner.
St. Jude Dream Home House, courtesy of DeYoung Properties, valued approximately $300,000. Lynn Brown of Coarsegold is the winner.