It's not every cocktail reception at which several hundred guests kick off their shoes and make themselves right at home. And they spent the evening padding around every nook and cranny of the 8,800-squarefoot European villa in gated Stratton Preserve that is the 2008 Celebration Home. Developers Larry Nichols and Claude Comito were there to greet invited guests and answer questions about custom accoutrements at the July 10 grand opening of the home tour that benefits Pikes Peak United Way. Sharing their new dwelling were homeowners Rick and Daria Parker. Guests were swept to the front door by Red Noland Dealership valets who limoed them in style in new Jaguars, Cadillacs, Land Rovers and Infinitis. Doffing their shoes at the front door or donning scrub booties to protect the new custom wood floors, attendees stepped first inside the impressive two-story rotunda, which set the theme for the house. A massive, eyecatching etched-Plexiglas aspen scene by Chris Nelson covered the rounded interior wall of the turret. Culinary treats from Cravings Catering were served in the spacious kitchen/great room and on the upper and lower level patios. Servers wound through the crowd with antipasto skewers, beef tenderloin crostinis, wild mushroom ravioli with sorrel cream and sun-dried tomato pesto, rosemary roasted pork and tiramisu, key lime and chocolate Kahlua mousse cups. Serving world wines was Erin Collins, owner of Vintage's Wine & Spirits, who talked wine with Bill and Cathy Berenz, Chris and Sharon Jenkins, Phil and Dr. Anita Lane, Jody and Phyllis McCoy, Red Noland, Dan and Patti Winter, Forrest and Barbara Gregg, Charles Grayson, and sponsors Kyle and Jimmy Galbraith, who were in from Dallas for the event. Noshing on the patio and enjoying a beautiful Colorado night were Valerie and Steve Remington, Kevin and Cathe Maguire and Jim and Donna Maguire, Dick Eitel, Jocelyn Wall, Howard Brooks, J.D. and Jane Dallager, Vicki Dimond, Celeste Blakely, Gayle Beshears, Gerry and Cheryl Tolley, Judy and Brad Kaplan and the Comito and Nichols families. The home, designed by Todd Brokaw has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a library, dual staircases to the downstairs entertainment room and children's bedrooms and something that drew a lot of interest from the men: a two-story garage. Interior designer Joni Bader used comfortable hues of pomegranate, taupe and sage. Drawing smiles were the bedrooms of sons Jackson and Mason with their names above their beds as part of full-size murals. Greeting their new neighbors were former Stratton Preserve Celebration Home owners Wendy Wheelis, Stan Phillips and Dr. John and Cathy Marta. Now the public will have the opportunity to ooh and ahh over 1830 Brantfeather Grove. Celebration Home 2008 is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through July 27. The cost is $5; children younger than 12 admitted free. It benefits United Way and its 42 partner agencies. For information: 632-1543.Golfing for TESSA Patty Jewett Women's 18-hole Golf Club is one serious group of golfers, but its members' talk turns from tee times and holes-in-one to women and children in need. This spring, their Women's Charity Golf Tournament drew 88 golfers, who raised $4,500 for TESSA's fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. The first flight team winners were Denise Cohen, Betsy White, Zina Hawkins, Gail Borham. Second flight team winners: Loretta Plunkett, Nona Stansell, Val Bardis, Donna Cook. Third flight team winners: Vickie Dziezawiec, Mary Reich, Lucy Graff, Bobby Bennett. Fourth flight team winners: Bea Steahlin, Sally Seidletz, Linda Smith, Geogia Lee. Longest Drive winners: Trish Harris and Vickie Dziezawiec. Closest to Pin: Julie Workman and Trish Harris. Gloria McCroskey won the putting contest. Tournament committee members included: Sharon McVeigh, Deb Jury, Mike Way, LaVonne Weinbender, Vickie Dziezawiec, Sharon Cooksey, Bobby Bennett and Judy Bogard.Purely Ponds Parade For the 200 participants, the second annual Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds was a delightful opportunity to visit 31 of the most inviting backyards in the region. Over a two-day period June 28-29, they followed a selfguided pond tour around Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake, Monument, Falcon, Woodland Park, Manitou Springs, and Fountain. Purely Ponds donated the net proceeds, $3,500, to The Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region. The tour sponsor was Pioneer Sand and Water's Edge assisted in selling tickets. For more information about the Purely Ponds Parade of Ponds, contact Chris Oberg, email@example.com or 896-0026. The Web site is www.purelyponds.com.WHAT'S NEXTCelebration Home 2008, which benefits United Way and its 42 partner agencies, is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through July 27. The cost is $5; children younger than 12 admitted free. The public now has the opportunity to stroll through 1830 Brantfeather Grove, in Stratton Preserve.SAVE THE DATESLaunch of the "I Luv Colorado Springs" board game, noon to 3 p.m. today, The Promenade Shops at Briargate, proceeds benefit Greccio Housing, a nonprofit providing housing for low-income families and individuals, for information: 475-1422."Jazz and Jambalaya," Groovin in the Ballroom, smooth jazz concert and dinner fundraiser to benefit Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, Dotsero, Encompass Jazz Band and the Cheyenne Mountain High School Jazz Band, Paragon Royal Ballroom, 3125 Sinton Rd., 6-9 p.m. Sept. 13, tickets $55, www.ppcaa.org or 471-7870, ask for Laura Price.