One of only five national sponsors – and the first-ever lighting sponsor – Kichler Lighting will outfit St. Jude Dream Homes with a minimum of $10,000 of interior and exterior lighting, ceiling fans, and landscape lighting (a donation totaling nearly $500,000) across all Dream Home properties.
Through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program, ticket buyers have a chance to win newly built, single-family homes in more than 40 cities across the U.S., with proceeds benefiting St. Jude. Homes range in market value from $300K to $700K and are built using donated or deeply discounted products and services.
The annual fundraising effort benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® helps support its mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
“At Kichler, we believe in creating products that allow people to see what matters most,” said Brian Nobbe, Executive VP/Marketing. “Through this national sponsorship, our goal is clear: to support the St. Jude mission: Finding cures. Saving children®. We’re humbled to be working with tremendous builder partners and industry professionals in this endeavor, all donating their time and resources to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude.”
Dr. Donald Mack created the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway program in 1991, giving away the first house in Shreveport, Louisiana. Today, the organization has raised more than $500 million in 30 years, giving away 590 homes. It now has a presence in 40+ markets in more than 20 states.
“We are grateful for the support of Kichler Lighting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s lifesaving mission,” said Steve Froehlich, Chief Revenue Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Every ticket sold for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway helps ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Generous donations help St. Jude continue its $11.5 billion, six-year strategic plan that expands patient care and research and triples its global investment to impact more of the 400,000 kids around the world with cancer each year.”
Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 60 years ago.