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Women’s group to host Holiday Home Tour in Craig in early December

PEO seeks larger membership

The Gabbert Family Light Show on Moffat County Road 103 is on display in December 2013. Similar lights, decorations and more will be on display at houses around Craig during the Holiday Home Tour in early December as part of a fundraiser for scholarships for local women through Philanthropic Educational Organization.

'Tis not the season just yet, but Craig residents already can begin thinking about getting involved with a good cause once the yuletide is upon them.

The local branch of Philanthropic Educational Organization will host the Holiday Home Tour in early December, a Christmas-themed event that will take participants to a series of houses across town to take in a variety of lovely decorations and spread plenty of good cheer.

"People will really make their houses look nice," said PEO member Elaine DeuPree, who also will be one of the hosts for the activity.

The tour is not unlike an extended party in multiple locations and, if people are so inclined, throughout a couple days. Each stop, besides offering a unique visual appeal and a welcoming atmosphere, will feature specially themed gift baskets that can be won via drawings.

"It should be a lot of fun," said Kathy Shirley, chapter president.

The event takes place Dec. 5 and 6, with tickets available for $10 at MJK Sales & Feed, Precision Auto and The Kitchen Shop. The following homes will be on display on the tour:

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• Marco and Karen Cuevas — 990 Alta Vista Drive

• Elaine DuePree — 590 Taylor St.

• Bernie & Judy Espinoza — 860 Tucker St.

• Joel & Janet Sheridan — 701 Taylor St.

• Shane & Shelli Wilson — 2918 E. U.S. Highway 40

Providing everything goes well, the tour next year may be larger.

"It's been a lot of work putting it together," Shirley said with a laugh.

While it never hurts to be prepared — even as far in advance as six weeks — the reason the organization already is putting the word out for the Home Tour is to increase awareness of PEO's activities.

PEO is an international women's organization that has been in existence since 1869, and members in Northwest Colorado are concerned that few people in the area know they exist. An event like the Holiday Home Tour seemed like the ideal to better familiarize the community with what they do.

The main objective of PEO is to provide support for woman of all ages and further their education. The money brought in through the Home Tour hopefully will enable the local chapter to offer scholarships to college-bound female students.

Additionally, DuePree and Shirley hope to bolster their ranks with more women who want to get involved and stay committed to the group's mission.

"It's about women helping women," Shirley said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

What: Holiday Home Tour

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6

Participants in the event will travel to several homes around Craig. Tickets are $10 and are available at MJK Sales & Feed, Precision Auto and The Kitchen Shop. Proceeds will go toward local scholarships through Philanthropic Educational Organization. For more information, call 970-826-2915.