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Press Release 2019

Sep 30, 2019   //   by johnreed   //   Blog  //  No Comments

ICONIC MESA ESTATE WILL BE SITE OF 62nd ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IDEA HOUSE

Holiday Charity Event to Aid Valley Students and Families

Set back in a gated citrus enclave on over 4 acres, an iconic Mesa estate was chosen to be the
location for the 2019 Christmas Idea House. The stunning home will be transformed into a Christmas
wonderland where visitors will discover thousands of unique holiday gifts and décor artfully displayed
and for sale. All proceeds from this event benefit local charities and provide need-based scholarships
to deserving young students.

A LASTING IMPRESSION

The theme for this year’s Christmas Idea House is “A Lasting Impression,” reflecting on the annual
tradition this holiday event has become for thousands in the East Valley, and the tremendous
difference it has brought to the lives of many deserving students and families.

The Christmas Idea House, which lures thousands of visitors each year, is the primary fundraiser for
Desert Club, an all-volunteer women’s organization. The event is held at a different luxury home
each year in locations throughout the East Valley. The homeowners move out temporarily, and
Desert Club members decorate the home from top to bottom with holiday décor, unique gifts, and
gourmet goodies. One hundred percent of the proceeds are given back to the community through
need-based student scholarships and grants to local charities. To date, Desert Club has raised close
to $2.8 million.

Candy Zeper, co-chair for the 2019 Christmas Idea House, has been a Desert Club member for 37
years. Her mother was a member of the women’s club for over 50 years. “I grew up watching the
ladies of Desert Club turn a home into a magical Christmas House, and have seen daughters,
mothers, and grandmothers make this a yearly tradition by attending brunch together.” Over the
years, she has heard visitors comment on how impressed they were with the event. “Each year I am
amazed at what the women of Desert Club create in these beautiful homes that have been
graciously ‘loaned’ to us. To me, the Christmas Idea House event truly signals the beginning of the
Christmas season.”

THE DETAILS

The Christmas Idea House is a three-day event that begins on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. with
the “Preview Gala,” which includes a gourmet dinner followed by an exclusive home tour and
shopping (reservations required; tickets are $85 per person). Friday, Dec. 6, guests may attend
one of two seating times for the “Sneak Preview Brunch” (9 a.m. or noon) where guests enjoy a
lavish brunch, followed by the home tour and early-bird shopping (tickets are $60). For more
information and to purchase tickets, visit www.christmasideahouse.org.

The home is open for Public Tours and shopping on Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 -8:00 p.m., and on
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the
door or online.

The event is located at 3818 East Brown Road, Mesa; please follow signs for parking.

 

HOLIDAY MAGIC BEYOND THE GATES OF A MESA LANDMARK

The 2019 Desert Club’s Christmas Idea House will showcase a spectacular Mediterranean estate built by
Billy Johnson, master builder of Amberwood Homes and private entrepreneur.
“Desert Club members have always had a special place in my heart, and I was honored to accept their
invitation to hold the Christmas Idea House at my home this year,” said Johnson. “Anytime the Desert
Club has asked for my support over the years, I have always been delighted to give it and encourage
others to as well. “

Anticipation grows as one enters this captivating, 10,000+ square foot home, situated in the historic
citrus corridor. Built in 1998, the property captures Johnson’s passion for homebuilding and is reflected
throughout every corner of this sprawling estate. The hand-forged iron doors lead into a traditionally
elegant interior design. The home features rich wood inlayed walls, a combination stone and wood
floors, beamed ceilings, unequaled faux finishes, five unique fireplaces and Venetian plaster details.
Extensive under-roof exterior spaces enhance the privacy of the azure swimming pool with running
fountains, surrounded by hand-laid flagstone,, palm trees, and guest casita. Also located on the estate
grounds are dog kennels, four horse stalls, a riding arena for his Spotted Tennessee Walkers, and a
private underground target shooting range

Community Grants 2019

Mar 13, 2019   //   by dahljennifer   //   Blog  //  No Comments

On March 13, Desert Club hosted a ceremony to honor our 2019 Project recipients. The following organizations were awarded community program grants:

·     Save the Family
·     Care Fund
·     Arizona Disabled Sports

We would like to encourage you to PLEASE visit these websites and DONATE your TIME or MONEY!. Let’s celebrate those who are helping make this world more incredible!

Press Release 2018

Oct 11, 2018   //   by dahljennifer   //   Blog  //  No Comments

CUSTOM HOME SITE OF THE 61st ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IDEA HOUSE

Holiday Charity Event to Assists Local Students and Families

Desert Club’s 2018 Christmas Idea House will be showcased in Gilbert, Arizona, near Lindsay and Pecos Roads. The 6,000 square foot, custom home is situated on one acre of beautifully landscaped property.   The stunning estate will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, open for the public to tour and purchase thousands of unique holiday gifts and décor artfully displayed. All proceeds from this event will provide need-based scholarships to deserving young students and benefit local charities.

MODERN DAY ELVES AND OVER 60 YEARS OF TRADITION

The Christmas Idea House has become a holiday tradition and lures thousands of visitors each year. It is the primary fundraiser for Desert Club, a 72 year old, all-volunteer women’s service organization. The event is held at a different luxury home each year in locations throughout the East Valley. Desert Club members decorate the home from top to bottom with holiday décor, unique and handcrafted gifts and gourmet goodies, all for sale and ranging in price from $12 to several hundred dollars each. One hundred percent of the proceeds are given back to the community in the form of scholarships to in-state college students and grants to local charities. To date, Desert Club has awarded almost $2.7 million.

THE DETAILS

Be the first to tour and shop at this year’s Christmas Idea House before it is open to the public! Join us Thursday, Nov. 29th for the 2018 Holiday Soiree and Preview Party, a festive evening filled with music, cocktails and a wide array of gourmet hot hors d’oeuvres. Doors open at 5:30 pm with the Idea House remaining open for viewing, shopping and socializing until 9:00 pm.

Kick off your 2018 holiday season with our Holiday Soiree Brunch or Lunch on Friday, Nov. 30! Enjoy a festive beverage of your choosing, along with delicious quiche, gourmet croissant pastries, and a variety of salads. Join us and share this joyful event with your friends or family. Socialize and shop as you tour this year’s home before it is open to the public!

The home will be open for Public Tours and shopping on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the door, from a Desert Club member or at www.christmasideahouse.org. Guests may receive a $2 discount by bringing at least one canned food item, which will be donated to a local food bank.

 Download:  PARKING MAP

Community Grants 2018

Mar 27, 2018   //   by dahljennifer   //   Blog  //  No Comments

On March 14, Desert Club hosted a ceremony to honor our 2018 Project recipients. The following organizations were awarded community program grants:

·      Arizona Blankets 4 Kids
·      Arizona Disabled Sports
·      Child Crisis Arizona
·      Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation
·      Leukemia Foundation for Arizona’s Children
·      Oakwood Creative Care
·      Sharing Down Syndrome   

We would like to encourage you to please visit these websites and donate your time or money. Let’s celebrate those who are helping make this world more incredible!

Fox 10 News Sneak Peak

Dec 4, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

It’s about that time again for the Fox 10 News sneak peak at the house in a video tour!

Give your holiday senses a taste teaser with this news reel . Each year, Fox 10 News teams with Desert Club and guides the media through the house before any of the events begin like the Luncheons, Gala, and public tours.

Check out this news link for a preview of what is to come!

Get inspired at Christmas Idea House – FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com.

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What a grand year to have a Joyous Noel, you wont want to miss the Idea House this weekend!

Tomorrow the Desert Club Christmas Idea House will officially open to the public starting at 4pm-8pm and Saturday from
9am-4pm. Bring at least one canned food item and get a $2 ticket discount at the door. Canned food will be donated to a local food bank.

Hope to see everyone there! It will be a Christmas Delight starting tomorrow night! May the festivities begin!

3 Reasons You Should Attend Gala & Luncheons and Get Your Tickets Now!

Dec 4, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

Before each Idea House opens to the public, there is a grand Gala the day before tours begin on Friday at 4pm. Gala is for those early birds who want first pick at the goods and it is also a great event to start getting money raised for the charities and scholarships for the year.

Gala Set Up Resized

 

1. First come first serve, first dibs.

Before the madness begins, those who attend the Gala get to go through the Idea House for the first time being completely decorated. Think of attending Gala as the premier Idea House opportunity and is worth the extra cost.

 

2. All profits go to scholarships and charity

All the proceeds and profits help supplement the funds for charities and scholarships for high school seniors who need that extra boost to get into college. It is a win, win situation where you get first dibs on unique decorations and items and it’s all going for good causes.

 

3. Get to see everything brand new before the public runs through

The Idea House gets pretty packed when it opens to the public, dare I say it becomes a “mad house.” However, those that attend the Gala and luncheons work with a much smaller crowd of only a couple hundred compared to couple thousand. Don’t like crowds but still want the goods? Then these are the perfect events for you to attend with a spouse or loved one.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity, attend the Gala today!

How to Make the Famous Desert Club Bow Revealed!

Dec 3, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

 

 

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Desert Club is famous around Arizona for their perfectly done Christmas bows. Indeed, it is part of their signature as a club and is in their logo with a big bow on a house.

Here we get a small infographic tutorial on how to make a Desert Club Gift Bow that will carry you through the holidays.
Making bows does not have to be super complicated and it shows here in these six easy steps.

Voila! You have a beautiful bow any Desert club member would be proud of.

Stay tuned for more craft tips and secrets coming to the blog!

Get Ready…. Get Set…. Decorate!

Dec 2, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

Yesterday was the first official day of Christmas Idea House set up!

The grand finale of the year is finally here, as these ladies get ready for the big weekend December 5-6.

It’s time to go full throttle and overdrive into Christmas, and that’s exactly what Desert Club is up to this week. Approximately 9000 square feet of nothing but Christmas décor.

This grand home has a huge kitchen and family room combo, game room with a home theatre on the side.
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There are at least six bedrooms plus a den, huge laundry room, lots of storage, formal living and dining rooms.This wondrous home is turned into a Christmas Palace this week.

The Idea House sits in an amazing neighborhood set in Morrison Ranch with picturesque white picket fences. This is a memorable opportunity that no one will want to miss!

To get first dib’s on the offerings at the house, don’t forget to get tickets to the Gala or Luncheons. With the Idea House fully loaded, prepped, and ready to go the best pieces will surely be grasped right off the bat.

Can’t make it to either one? Come stop on by anyway and see what’s available at the public tours starting this Friday at 4pm.

Growing up with Desert Club: An Organization by families for families

Nov 17, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

As a child I was awed every Christmas season at the grandeur and beauty of the homes, decorations, and toys like a Christmas wonderland. Now, as an adult, I am amazed and so appreciative of the time and effort these strong, dedicated, busy, and wonderful women and mothers put into this organization.

I had my first taste of Desert Club when my mother Karma joined in 1995. For about three quarters of my life my mother has been involved with Desert Club. It’s safe to say that I don’t remember life without desert club being a part of our family Christmas season.

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Throughout the years I have noticed what a great organization this is and what it has done for my mother.
She, like many women in Desert Club has many other duties her life is dedicated to.

However, with Desert Club, this is something for her, a place where she can serve outside her day to day life and make an even greater impact to others.

To give everyone an idea of what these women do to prepare for each Christmas Season, this is their typical year:

January: Evaluate how much profit was made and scholarship applicants and community grants and review. Announce theme for 2015 Christmas Idea House and go to World Market.

February-March: Review applications and interviewing students and people for community grants and choose where money goes.

April: Spring Luncheon- 2015 house announced, and member appreciation.

May: Get orders in from World Market, start crafting pieces. Tour new house chosen.

June: World Market Trip round two if necessary, workshops.

July: World Market and more items arrive, workshops.

August: Workshops

September: Fall Dinner, tour house again.

October: Meetings and workshops

November: Review rooms, sneak peak (bring something from room to show club).

December: Desert Club Idea House!

Can you imagine giving and having the Christmas spirit all year long? These ladies do, all year every year! Come show your support by attending the Christmas Idea House December 5-6th and give back to your community while gaining something beautiful for your family.

Author Bio: Stephanie is the youngest daughter to long time member Karma Gifford. She is a Marketing Major at UVU and Inbound Marketing Specialist at Digital Flavor, a premium inbound marketing agency.
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Tis’ the Season the Season to Serve!

Nov 5, 2014   //   by kelseywyser   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

It’s getting to that time of year to gear up for Christmas once again! And what better way to get prepared for the upcoming Christmas season than to serve those around you? The true spirit of Christmas is about giving to others who may not have quite as much. The ladies of Desert Club are a prime example of the spirit of service giving their time, talents, energy and love in all the work they do.

For most people Christmas is once a year but with Desert Club it runs all year long. These ladies are like little elves hard at work
every month to bring the Christmas spirit to charities and
benefit high school seniors each year.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is it allows communities to be more service oriented, charitable and a little more kind to their fellow man. In the spirit of service, Desert Club has coordinated with the following charities:

  • Hope Women’s Center
  • AZ Brain Food
  • Oakwood Creative Care (formerly Sirrine Day Care of Mesa)
  • Peer Solutions
  • East Valley Adult Resources
  • Save the Family
  • Sharing Down Syndrome
  • Arizona Disabled Sports
  • Arizona Blankets for Kids
  • Sage Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Network
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This Christmas season we invite you to serve. Service can be done in little ways by small acts of kindness or more drastic measure such as volunteering at one of the aforementioned charities.  Whatever you choose, choose to serve and truly it will be a joyous Christmas, Joyeux Noel.

Let us know how you chose to serve this Christmas season in the comments below and have a joyful Christmas Season ahead.

2019 Christmas Idea House

The theme for the 2019 Christmas Idea House is “A Lasting Impression.” This year’s Christmas Idea House promises to be a “destination to remember” for visitors and shoppers alike who crave something truly unique for the holidays!

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