Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Home tour raises funds for Alzheimer's

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The recent Westwood Home Tour attracted more than 500 visitors and raised more than $5,000 for charity and community-based programs.

        “The day turned out great, the weather turned out great, and everything I heard was positive,” said Barry Wood, president of the Westwood Civic Association, the event sponsor.

        At $10 a ticket, 520 visitors perused eight historic neighborhood homes dating from 1895 to 1930. From the proceeds, Mr. Wood said, a $500 donation goes to the Cincinnati chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The remainder will serve as seed money to sponsor future community programs.

        “The rest of the money we're setting aside for historical purposes, any project that the committee suggests that we might take on,” he said.

        One project already in the works is establishing a Westwood Historical Society, said home tour Chairman Greg Speiss, whose own home, at Werk Road and Harrison Avenue, was on the tour.

        Future home tours are being considered, he said.

        “We hope to have a home tour going forward every 18 months. This would allow us to have a Christmas Walk as the next tour,” he said, adding that more than 100 volunteers from the community assisted in ticket sales and acted as tour guides.

        The April 28 tour was a first for Westwood. The idea had been discussed before but never garnered enough support.


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