Building Miracles for Kids
Of the 69 homes in the 2013 Fall Parade of Homes in Sioux Falls, one stood out more than the rest. It wasn’t only because of its amenities, but because it was a Miracle Home.
A local home builder – Rosewood Homes, Inc. – constructed a $500,000 home and agreed to donate all profits from the sale to Children’s Miracle Network, which helps provide state-of-the-art equipment, education and programs, research and direct family assistance to Sanford Children’s Hospital, the region’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. The 4,200-square foot home features five bedrooms, three baths and family entertainment room, wood floors, Cambria kitchen countertops, custom coffered ceilings and covered deck and patio with fire pit and water feature in the backyard.
“When we started talking about this and approached Sanford, I knew it was a good idea, but I didn't know how easy it was going to be,” said Larry Weissenburger, co-owner of Rosewood Homes with his wife, Rachael.
The Weissenburgers proposed the new program, called Building Miracles for Kids, organized a committee and asked contractors and sub-contractors to donate their materials and labor. Fifty-seven businesses donated between $500 and $25,000 to make this idea a reality.
"It's more than I expected actually,” Rachael said. “We've got the framings all donated. We've got electrical that's all donated and concrete. There's so much that's going on, we have it right on our website so you can see who has donated so far.”
She said they wanted to bring the community and the building industry together to help make a positive difference in the lives of sick and injured children in the region.
"The reason we came up with the idea of 'Building Miracles for Kids' is because we’re successful at what I do, we have healthy children and we want to be able to give back to the community," Rachael said.
The home, located in the Copper Creek subdivision near Highway 11 and 26th Street, was erected in the summer of 2013 and is currently for sale.
Amy Sumner, Program Director for Children’s Miracle Network, said Building Miracles for Kids is a remarkable and generous.
“When we were approached with this idea, we were thrilled and impressed,” Sumner said. “To rally the contractors and sub-contractors to be part of this significant gift to sick and injured children means a great deal.”
For more information or to make a gift, visit www.sanfordhealth.org/About/Foundation/ChildrensMiracleNetwork or call (605) 328-5700.
Posted Date: February 2014