"We always look for diversity in our homes, and this year we have some really wonderful homes that people will really enjoy," said Sharon Croyle, director of Development and Volunteer Services at Emory-Adventist Hospital.
Croyle said the tour, which is in its ninth year, raises money to meet extraordinary needs of the hospital. Tickets cost $20 each. This year, funds will go toward the purchase of digital mammography equipment for Emory-Adventist, which will be used to detect breast cancers that may not be detected through other screenings.
"This is the most cutting-edge breast screening product out there right now, and will provide a better, clearer picture of the breast and eliminate some additional testing that is sometimes needed. It's like looking at an analog television versus a hi-definition television. The image can be viewed at 360 degrees and can be magnified to detect problems," Croyle said.
Croyle said the foundation received around $20,000 during last year's home tour, which was used for the hospital's outpatient center. Although ticket sales are a little slower this year, the foundation hopes to at least meet last year's numbers.
Mammography equipment will cost $220,000 and the foundation has already raised $80,000, Croyle said.
The homes on this year's tour range from a 1927 home with holiday decor from nature and childhood nostalgia, to a 5-year-old Craftsman home with a mix of older and newer decorations, accompanied by plenty of Christmas trees.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (770) 438-5232 or by visiting the following Smyrna businesses: Freckled Frog, 1326 Concord Road; Love Street Gifts, 1925 Concord road; The Honeybee, 2968 Atlanta Road; or Patina, 1125 Concord Road.
A sealed-bid auction along with a complimentary tearoom is being presented at Community Bank of the South at 3016 Atlanta Road in Smyrna.