Jodie Westwood Is Winner Of Chattanooga St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The winner of this year’s St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Chattanooga is Jodie Westwood.

The single-family home is estimated to be valued at $500,000. Built by G.T. Issa Construction, the 4,100-square-foot home is in The Canyons at Falling Water in Hixson, and features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and an outdoor living area.

Ms. Westwood, a long-time St. Jude supporter, decided to purchase her ticket while visiting her local Regions Bank. She plans to sell the home and give back to the community.  Not only does the dream home benefit the new homeowner, but also the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In a record-breaking year, this campaign sold out all 7,500 tickets a month early and was able to raise $771,070 for the kids of St. Jude.

For the past 23 years, St. Jude has given away more than 340 houses and raised more than $270 million through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign, the largest single-event fundraiser for the hospital. It is because of programs like this that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.

The construction of a dream home would not be possible without the generous support of the community and loyal sponsors including: G.T. Issa Construction, WRCB Channel 3, US-101, Comcast, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Luttrell Development Company, Geoff Ramsey of RE/MAX Properties, Miller Family Foundation, Smart Furniture and National Sponsors Brizo, Shaw Floors, and Trane.                                                                                                                                                         

Those who reserved a ticket to win the dream home or attended the open house could enter to win additional prizes. For a complete list of winners and prizes, call 1 800 750-6962 or visit dreamhome.org.


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