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Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 06:03 pm

TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN

Almost everyone knows about St. Jude Children’s Hospital, the not-for-profit research hospital that specializes in cancer and never charges children in need who don’t have insurance. Not everyone knows about their Dream Home Giveaway program, which raffles off big fancy houses and puts the proceeds toward helping more kids. A recent giveaway in Dunlap, near Peoria, raised $378,600 for St. Jude and put thousands of dollars worth of prizes in the hands of lucky raffle winners.

St. Jude is urging Springfieldians to get in on the action with the next giveaway, to be held Oct. 9. The grand prize is a $300,000 house located at 3110 Stone Creek Blvd. in Urbana, with at least 13 other prizes available, including shopping sprees, video game systems, furniture, appliances and more. The house was built by Brady Homes, which is owned in part by state senator and candidate for governor Bill Brady.

 But what if you win the grand prize and don’t want to leave beautiful, sunny Springfield? Never fear, faithful citizen: you can take the other option of $100,000 in cash instead. Those who don’t win a prize can take satisfaction in knowing they are helping sick kids – a win-win situation. Tickets are $100 and can be reserved by calling 1-800-834-5760 or visiting www.dreamhome.org.
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