House Tour to showcase 5 Sewickley Valley homes

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 11:39 AM

Child Health Association of Sewickley has awarded more than $4 million in grants to organizations that offer support services for children.

The nonprofit's bi-annual house tour provides the largest chunk of funding for these grants.

The 38th Sewickley House Tour will take place from May 4 and 5 and gives participants the opportunity to see the interiors of five different homes, spread throughout the boroughs of Sewickley, Edgeworth and Bell Acres.

The 2016 tour raised the most money in the event's long history, according to publicity chair Elizabeth Linge, who volunteers with the Child Health Association.

“This is our biggest fundraiser, and it netted $96,000 last time. So we're hoping that we'll do at least that well this year,” Linge said.

About half of all money raised every other year comes from sponsorships. So far, Child Health Association has received $47,000 in funding from more than 15 different corporate sponsors, Linge said.

According to Linge, this year's tour features a mix of old and new homes. A townhouse located in the Village at Sweetwater plan at the intersection of Beaver and Peebles streets, will be featured as one of the five sites.

Although they are spread out across the Sewickley Valley, the maximum distance between homes is six miles — about a 13-minute drive by car, Linge said.

Linge said she expects people from across the region to attend the home tour.

“We have a lot of friends and members who support the cause, but we actually have a significant portion of attendees from outside of Sewickley, which I find very fascinating,” Linge said.

According to Becky Fallgren, one of the co-chairs for the tour, the Child Health Association still needs volunteers to serve as docents at the homes.

Volunteer shifts run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m. each of the two days.

Those who work at least one shift are invited to attend the post-tour party at the Edgeworth Club on the evening of May 5, and volunteers who work two shifts will receive a free house tour ticket, Linge said.

Sam Bojarski is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.