In Story County, the Altrusa International of Ames’s Holiday Home Tour (HHT) is as synonymous to the holidays as chilly temps, festive family gatherings and the green bean casserole.


“The Holiday Home Tour is a tradition that Altrusa has provided for the community for 29 years,” says Betty Boccella, 2017 HHT co-chair with Mary Clare Lokken. “It is a fun event to plan and a fun event to attend!”


This year’s HHT will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1-5 p.m. each day. The hosts and homes include:


Dean and Diane Jensen, 59035-290th St., Nevada


Tom and Dorothy Sally, 2930 Ridgetop Rd., Ames


Roger and Julie Graden, 2821 Torrey Pines Rd., Ames


Kent and Ramona Schescke, 1133 Oklahoma Dr., Ames


Gary and Karen Zunkel, 6131 North Fork Dr., Ames


Gary and Jan Thompson, 2531 Park Vista Circle, Ames


“We are so grateful to our homeowners for sharing their homes with us,” says Boccella. “Were it not for their generosity, we wouldn’t be able to provide such needed funds to our community’s agencies and projects! And this year we are offering six homes on the tour instead of the traditional five!”


Tickets are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door of any home on the tour. Find them at Mary Kay’s Flowers & Garden Cafe, Evert’s Flowers, Coe’s Flowers or from any Altrusan. Participants may use their ticket on either day or split their time and the homes on both days.


Proceeds will support the Ames Foundation’s Ames Miracle Playground and Field, the Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance’s Healthy Food Voucher Program, the Story County Coalition for Disaster Recovery’s Rapid Action Team for Shelters Program and Friendship Ark’s Aquatic Wheelchair request. Profits will also help fund scholarships for nontraditional students in the process of furthering or changing careers.


“Our Altrusa club really enjoys the holiday home tour because it’s truly a community endeavor to help raise funds for local nonprofit agencies and projects,” says Boccella. “First of all, our members work hard to prepare for and put on the tour, local businesses help sponsor the event, the homeowners labor to present their decorated homes for us and then the community-at-large goes on the tour. So it takes the community to be successful. And we thank the community for its support!”


If interested in having your home considered for a future tour, please contact the organization or visit with one of the members during this year’s event. Like AltrusaInternationalAmes on Facebook to learn more about the tour and the organization.