Apr 2, 2013 9:01 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Each year, we ask a local celebrity who understands the important mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to make the first ticket buy for the Lafayette Dream Home. This year, we asked Acadiana native and country music star Hunter Hayes. Hunter made the purchase while he was home visiting family over the holidays. When we called Hunter and asked him to buy a ticket, there was no hesitation whatsoever.
Hunter visited the hospital in 2012 and says he was struck by the enormity of entire St. Jude mission. He was inspired that St. Jude doesn't just see to the physical and emotional needs of the patients, but the entire family, and that they alleviate the stress and the worry so that parents can focus on making their child well. As Hunter so eloquently puts it, visiting St. Jude "makes you realize how important it is to have a place like St. Jude to take care of it and to fix it."
Hunter has been many places in his young life. He's won CMA awards, been nominated for Grammy awards and is currently nominated for six ACM awards. He will perform with Stevie Wonder Sunday night during the ACM Awards show in Las Vegas. He is opening for Carrie Underwood on her "Blown Away" tour which will be in the Cajundome on April 29th. His third release "Somebody's Heartbreak" is #1 this week on the country music chart.
With all of his accomplishments, in the hearts of our Acadiana St. Jude patients, the most important place he's ever been is right here, to make this purchase... a St. Jude Dream Home ticket. Hunter hopes and they hope that the kind-hearted, compassionate folks in Acadiana will follow his example.
You can reserve your St. Jude Dream Home ticket by clicking here or calling 1-800-724-1918. If you need to purchase by check or cash, you can do so at Acadiana branches of IberiaBank, the UPS Store or Doug Ashy in Lafayette.
This year's home is located in Grand Pointe Subdivision just off Kaliste Saloom Road. It is a 4-bedroom home with over 2900 square feet, an outdoor kitchen and pool. It will be given away on June 23rd. If you purchase your ticket by May 3rd, you will also be eligible for $2500 in groceries from Rouse's.