Home Parade Called Successful

July 15, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — May’s annual Spring Parade of Homes, hosted by the Home and Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids, featured 295,939 visits to 170 new homes in the Grand Rapids area and raised more than $76,000 for nonprofit groups participating in the event, according to HBAGGR figures released yesterday.

The Spring Parade, which this year was sponsored by Standard Federal Bank, was touted as a “huge success” by the HBAGGR. According to the association, an average of 1,751 visitors went through each home; each adult ticket holder visited an average of 14 homes; and 20,565 total tickets were sold, representing a 10 percent increase from last year’s numbers.

More than 110 nonprofit organizations staffed the various homes and earned $76,810.80 from ticket sales to the Spring Parade. Over the past 10 years, more than $1.9 million has been given to the nonprofit organizations that staff the homes, sell tickets and keep a tally of visitors.

Additionally, HBAGGR reports 930,294 hits were recorded on the organization’s Web site during the month of May. Information on the few homes left unsold from the Spring Parade is available at www.hbaggr.com

The eighth annual Fall Parade of Homes is scheduled for Sept. 26-Oct. 11.      

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