News Release

Monday, September 19, 2005

Contact: Mary Prier, TBA, (757) 420-2434 ext. 264 Joy Sawyer, CHKD, (757) 668-8566

HOMEARAMA GALA CHARITY PREVIEW TO BENEFIT CHKD, OCT. 7

NORFOLK, Va. -- Homearama 2005 will open its doors from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, with a Gala Charity Preview to benefit Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. There, guests will meet downtown Norfolk’s new neighbors in Broad Creek. Tickets for the coat-and-tie gala are $50 each ($55 after September 23) and include international cuisine and beverages catered by Fresh Events, the catering division of Farm Fresh. To purchase tickets, call 420-2334 or 668-7070 or log onto www.tbaonline.org. Winners of the coveted Homearama design awards will be announced at the gala's opening ceremony, after which patrons will be invited to tour the 18 showcase homes, including “The Gift of Wes,” the 2005 Tidewater Builders Association Charity House to benefit CHKD. Broad Creek, located near Ballentine Boulevard and Princess Anne Road, is a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood developed by the Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority. The neighborhood offers something for everyone -- from first-time buyers to retirees -- with a variety of dwellings including transitional single-family homes, Craftsman cottages and traditional townhouses. All proceeds from the evening benefit Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, which provides child-centered medical care to more than 160,000 young people in our community every year. Homearama will be open for general admission Oct. 8-23. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.tbaonline.org. From the previous 17 Homearamas, $1,067,805 has been donated to local charities.