3rd Annual Short Hills House Tour to Benefit Autism Awareness
Celebrated autism awareness, local businesses, Short Hills real estate and strong community, on so many levels in a "class act" sort of way.
|KW Agents Fundraising to Spread Autism Awareness|
Thank you for your interest and support with this worthwhile cause, it was a "win-win-win" event!
Autism affects 1 in 45 children in New Jersey.
With those astonishing numbers, Sales Associate & Blogger, Melanie Rosenbaum of RealShortHills along with Keller Williams Premier Properties of Essex, Union and Morris Counties, put together the 3rd Annual Short Hills House Tour to Benefit Autism Awareness. It took place on October 3rd, 2015 from 12noon to 3pm, with an inaugural House Tour Preview Party on Friday, October 2nd, from 7pm-9pm. With the $25.00 donation, the architectural & real estate tour experience gave participants the opportunity to view real estate in Millburn & Short Hills and spend an evening at a special home on the tour by Simonian Rosenbaum Architects.
|Autism NJ's Classroom Resource Kits|
All of the proceeds are going to fund Autism NJ's Classroom Resource Kits, which will be provided to Millburn Township Public Schools based on whatever was raised from the tour. Double last year, thanks to the supporters of this year's tour! The kits will be provided to teachers within our public school system to build understanding and foster acceptance within the classroom. The kits include literature about autism, informational posters, autism awareness giveaways for our children, parental & professional development opportunities, simple classroom lesson plans that teach to an objective that everyone has different abilities, and even decorations to spread autism awareness and celebrate differences during Autism Awareness month in April.
Strong community, on so many levels in a "class act" sort of way.
|Thrilled mother/ daughter time!|
During the house tour homeowners, architects, builders, KW agents, and sponsors, opened each of the homes to those attending with donations of either lunch served by Guaranteed Rate, treats from Splurge Bakery, chocolate goodness from Chocolate Works of Millburn, Pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory (the Rosenbaums' love the Rosenblatts'!), Naked Juice and chocolate chip cookies from RealShortHills, or Tape Measurers provided by Acres Title Agency (little silver boxes in the fabulous kitchen at 11 Fairfield Terrace).
|KW Sales Associates, Karen Gil & Lilly Ibrahim host 84 Canoe Brook Road|
The houses on the tours have included new construction, very lived in, most spectacular or maybe not so, kind of homes. Many of the homes, while not exactly show-casing the usual gardens or decor on most house tours, demonstrate real architectural talents available right here in our own town in real estate that is available! As in 84 Canoe Brook Rd, with the beautiful three sided fireplace that joins open living space creatively in a completely renovated true center hall colonial in our own Poet Section. Or the modern steel staircase that serves as a means to not only get to the next level, but as beautiful art work masterfully designed. Nonetheless, this tour has always been real Short Hills real estate, with those list prices ranging from approximately $900K to approximately $8M in Short Hills.
|12 Ferndale Road in Short Hills|
This year the House Tour Preview Party was held at a modern new construction design/build by Simonian Rosenbaum Architects. This firm has been completing architectural projects all over the country and in Short Hills since the 1990s. This particular project has been described as “a Falling Water moment” (Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous house) by another local Short Hills architectural and real estate admirer. "It's so nice to see something refreshing and unique in our town", said town resident Carisa Whittfall. Many especially loved the wine and the storage system shown here at 12 Ferndale Road in Short Hills.
|Greg Smith, owner of Contemporary Art & Editions & Melanie Rosenbaum, House Tour Organizer|
Over the course of the evening tour participants enjoyed beautiful floral arrangements by KP Designs, Artwork from Contemporary Art and Editions, five star service from We're Having A Party, assistance with event planning details by Emily Whitman of Fantasy Creations, and even Brooklyn was in the house! Brooklyn Republic Vodka Company came and shared a signature drink and tastes of their fantastic vodkas. The night would not have been complete without Heavenly Souffle serving gourmet creme brûlée to each of the guests. Didn't get one? They sell them at Kings! At King's one would get great service, especially with Daniel in the wine shop; he made the introduction with Brooklyn Republic Vodka Company and recommended the wine for the preview party. We all had a great evening at an amazing house for a great cause!
|Dr. Lisa Pivawer, local pediatrician, Emily Jaffe, Millbrun BOE, Melanie Rosenbaum, tour organizer, & David Jaffe|
|Happy House Tour Preview Party Participants!|
Raffles were provided by Salon La Mode, Style at Schultz, Schultz Furrier, and Zoku Salon. People made a day of it with their entire family, like Stephanie Weinstein, who won a beautiful scarf from Schultz Furrier. And in the photograph she didn't even know she won it yet!
Thank you for your interest and support with this worthwhile cause, this event surely provides a great community experience and it truly felt like a "win-win-win" community event. Hope to see you at the next one! The 4th Annual Short Hills House Tour Benefiting Autism Awareness will be in May 2016.
Donations extended, as per request, until October 26, 2015. They may be made at EventBrite, or via check to Autism NJ, and given to the tour organizer.
For additional information about Autism NJ & the Autism NJ Classroom Resource Kits, please visit www.AutismNJ.org.
To view other projects by Simonian Rosenbaum Architects, please visit this link for Simonian Rosenbaum Architects.