It is too good, but very true: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will give away a new home, valued at $425,000, to one lucky winner Friday.

The 2nd Annual Colorado Springs St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway features a 3,900-square-foot, 5 bed/3.5 bath home in the Banning Lewis Ranch neighborhood in northeast Colorado Springs. To be entered in the drawing for your chance to win, reserve a $100 ticket at 1-800-379-5217 or Only several hundred tickets remain to be entered to win. The winners will be announced from 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, live on KKTV 11 News.

“We are only allowing 8,000 tickets in this year’s drawing, so the odds are pretty amazing,” said Jaymie Hardtarfer, regional development representative for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Secondary prizes will also be awarded, including a $1,000 gift certificate for art framing at Ross Studios and a Haro Mountain Bike, valued at $1,000, courtesy of Colorado Springs Bike Shop.

Locally owned builder Classic Homes constructed the 2015 Dream Home, working with its trade partners to donate the materials and labor to build the home. Builders broke ground on the Dream Home plot in November and hosted its first open house at the beginning of May. The home will be open for last-chance tours from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday.

The home features an indoor/outdoor fireplace in a brand-new Classic Homes floor plan called The Summit. “We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response to the open floor plan and finished basement,” Hardtarfer said. This was the first model of its kind in the neighborhood, we’re excited to show it off.” Furniture Row staged the home, and open house guests can also register to win a $10,000 Furniture Row shopping spree when they visit the home.

The St. Jude Dream Home campaign gives away homes in 30 markets around the U.S. and is the single-largest event fundraiser for the hospital. Last year’s giveaway raised $750,000 for St. Jude. All funds raised during the Dream Home campaign go directly to treatment and research for the rarest forms of pediatric diseases, specifically cancer. “People might not really realize how helping St. Jude impacts them locally, but we do so much for families right here in the Colorado Springs community,” Hardtarfer said. “Hospitals in Colorado have implemented protocols we’ve developed and have access to all our research.”

One Colorado Springs child recently received a cancer diagnosis and is undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. “The family is staying free of charge at the hospital for nine months for the duration of the treatment,” Hardtarfer said. “When you buy a ticket, you support families from your own community who are fighting for their children’s lives.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital sees 7,800 active patients each year. “Once you’re a patient at St. Jude, you’re always a patient at St. Jude. We work to ensure a child’s well-being for the rest of their lives, even into remission.”

Pikes Peak Newspapers, Editor

Hannah Blick has lived in the Pikes Peak region for six years. She studied journalism at Kansas State University and enjoys biking, skiing and hiking in the Rockies.

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