31st Annual Holiday Home Tour Scheduled for Saturday, December 1st


CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, October 11, 2018 – Two local non-profit agencies have joined forces to bring the local community a long standing holiday tradition. Lutheran Family and Children's Services (LFCS) and the Safe House for Women will host the 31st Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, December 1 from 9 AM to 4 PM.


Michelle Ramsey, Regional Development Officer with LFCS announced today that this year the organization who has hosted the Holiday Home Tour for 30 years, is beginning a new partnership with the Safe House for Women. The two non-profits are joining together to bring the community the annual Holiday Home Tour.

According to Ramsey, the two organizations began discussions in early spring about the partnership on the event. “Our desire was to continue to offer the community the Holiday Home Tour, while maximizing the event’s potential attendance and sponsor support. By working together with the Safe House, we are able to do just that.” While both organizations serve the women and children in the Cape Girardeau region, they do have very unique donors and sponsors. Ramsey added, “By partnering on this event, we’re able to have more man-power, reach a larger audience of supporters, and also a broader sponsor base. It’s really a win-win for both organizations.” 

The tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes in Cape Girardeau and Jackson, MO. An additional stop and special treat for tour-goers will be the refreshment stop, hosted at downtown Cape Girardeau’s latest addition, the Courtyard by Marriott, located in the historic H & H Building.

“We are very excited to announce our tour locations for the 31st Annual Holiday Home Tour,” says Ramsey. “This year’s tour will offer four new homes to the tour, and a favorite home from years past, which we are referring to as our Blast from the Past.”


1. 238 Bellevue, Cape Girardeau

This beautiful, historic home in downtown Cape Girardeau is owned by Andrew Bard, This home was built around 1870 by a Union General, and stands proudly on the hill overlooking the downtown area.


2. 2421 Terre Hill, Cape Girardeau

The home in Cape Girardeau most commonly known as “The Finch House” is owned by Ken and Carol Oberlohr. Located at 2421 Terre Hill, this home sits on the corner of Terre Hill and Cape Rock Drive. Many stories and curiosities surround this intriguing well-known home that has a rich history in Cape Girardeau. Due to the busy street, tour goers are encouraged to park at St Andrew Church and walk to the home. Shuttles will also be available to transport guests up to the home, less than a 2 minute ride.


3. 3087 Beaver Creek, Cape Girardeau

This beautiful home owned by John and Angie Grimm is going to be a tour favorite. With its six bedrooms, four baths, three fireplaces and beautiful bar area, guests will have ample room to take in all of its beauty.


4. 504 Summit Court, Jackson

This beautiful, stately home owned by Brad and Angela Dillow, will capture the hearts of all who enter. Located just off of East Main, the 4,000 square foot beauty has amazing attention to detail, and décor.


5. 2024 Watson, Jackson

This years’ Blast from the Past is the beautiful home owned by Bill and Shelley Zellmer. Featured on the tour in 2015, this already fabulous home has undergone even more renovations and will not disappoint. All of the favorites from the past, with even more spectacular additions.

An added treat for those attending the tour, will be a first look at the new Courtyard by Marriott in the historic H & H Building. The hotel will be the refreshment stop for the tour. Those attending the event are encouraged to stop by and enjoy complimentary refreshments while exploring this new downtown Cape attraction. Guests can take in the attention to detail that has been paid to the historic integrity of the building, including the ceilings in several rooms which are 15 feet high, and are the original concrete, as well as the original plaster crown molding in the lobby which has been fully restored.

One of only two large fundraising events for LFCS, the Holiday Home Tour is by far the largest money-maker for the organization. According to Michelle Ramsey, Regional Development Officer for the Southeast Missouri Region of LFCS, last year approximately 1,000 tour-goers purchased tickets for the longtime favorite area event.

Ramsey adds, “The big draw for the event is getting an inside look at the beautiful homes and locations that so many people drive by every day. There’s a natural curiosity inside all of us that is the driving force behind the success of the event. Often it’s the mystery and intrigue of how we imagine the homes to look on the inside. How do the homeowners decorate for the holidays? What is their taste or style of decorating? And of course there are those who just love to spend time with their friends or loved ones taking in the sights and helping support our cause.”

Ramsey says that they consider themselves very fortunate to be in such a generous and supportive area. “We are blessed to have a very dedicated group of supporters that make up the Holiday Home Tour Committee, and that committee is the key to the event’s success. These members are out networking throughout the year, be it for their professions, social organizations, or with their friends and acquaintances. When we start planning the next Holiday Home Tour, we discuss potential locations and what we think will draw the most people.” Ramsey continues, “The home owners should also be acknowledged. They are opening up their private spaces, filled with their personal belongings for complete strangers to walk through. Without their willingness to share their homes, this event could not be possible.”

 Ramsey also points out that financial profitability of this event would not be possible at all without the support of the area business sponsors. The Presenting Sponsors for this year are Realty Executives of Cape County, The Bank of Missouri, and Kelly Darby- Modern Woodmen. Additionally, each home has been sponsored by at least one business partner per site. “Without the support of our sponsors, we would be completely dependent upon ticket sales to raise the funds. They step up and give this event, and our organization, the financial foundation we need to have a profitable and successful event each and every year. Our local media outlets are also very supportive in helping us get the word out about our event and sell the tickets in advance, so you can see that without this generous community support, we would be lost,” Ramsey adds.

 Advance tickets can be purchased for $25 online at, at all area Bank of Missouri locations- Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Scott City, the LFCS office- located at 3178 Blattner Drive, Patrick Furniture at 1140 N. Kingshighway, Sunny Hill Garden Center at 206 N. Kingshighway, and the Safe House Thrift Store- located on 230 North Spring St. in Cape Girardeau. Tickets will also be available at the door of any of the featured homes for $30 the day of the tour. For more information, contact Michelle Ramsey at (573) 450-4675.

LFCS is a non-profit, statewide, social service organization with offices in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia and Springfield. The organization touches the lives of more than 22,000 individuals annually. The Cape Girardeau office serves the entire Southeast Missouri area providing a multitude of services like adoption, crisis pregnancy assistance, and parenting classes. LFCS also offers court ordered supervised visitation and assisted custody exchange services, as well as emergency assistance with food, baby items, and water assistance. In addition to the services geared toward women and children, the organization also provides older adult services out of the Cape Girardeau location. These services include Alzheimer’s and dementia support groups for both those with the diseases and the caregivers, and a Memory Matters group class for those suffering with memory loss. Services provided by LFCS are open to everyone regardless of race, faith, national origin, gender or age. Although Lutheran based, more than 80 percent of families served are non-Lutheran. For more information, visit


The Safe House for Women is a non-profit agency that provides safe shelter and support services to adults and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking. Established in 1991, we offer shelter, outreach services, crisis intervention, case management, counseling and court advocacy to all those fleeing domestic violence in our community. In addition to direct services, the Safe House also conducts a youth violence prevention program in local junior high and high schools and operates a thrift shop. The Safe House serves Cape Girardeau, Bollinger and Scott Counties and serves nearly 500 clients per year. For more information, visit


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