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Christmas Fantasy House helps kids, warms hearts

The Christmas Fantasy House, a longtime Milwaukee area tradition, kicks off their 23rd season on Wednesday, November 4.  Jill Grob joined us live on the CBS 58 News at 4 to share her excitement for the new season.  

The idea started when Loretta Thomson wanted to share her Christmas collection with children with cancer and started the first Christmas Fantasy House 23 years ago. Unfortunately, she passed away shortly before the event and her friends and family have continued the tradition in her memory.

Organizers call it a one-of-a-kind, 5-day event with more than 4,000 square feet of holiday decorations. There will be 19 different room/areas that will dazzle guests with the warmth and joy of the Christmas spirit. The house features a Holiday Boutique, Sweet Shoppe, a large selection of fabulous raffle baskets and silent auction items, plus the Festival of Trees, including an assortment of decorated wreaths. Guests will be able to purchase ornaments and write messages of hope to place on the Tree of Life.

Parking for the CFH might be different this year than in the past. Due to Brookfield parking restrictions, there is no parking in the subdivision or at the house. Parking and free shuttle service will be available from the north parking lot at the baseball diamonds at Mitchell Park just off of Capitol Drive in Brookfield. Just north of the Sharon Lynne Wilson building.  Shuttle buses will be running continuously during the event to transport guests to and from the Christmas Fantasy House. Easy on and easy off. No high steps to climb.

Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance. Group Packages with 10 tickets or more purchased in advance are $10 each. Children 12 years and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa, Pick N Save, Metro Market, Stein Garden Centers, Penzey Spices and other selected locations.

For more information, visit our website at www.christmasfantasyhouse.com and Or contact Cathy Radler at the Ronald McDonald House, cradler@rmhcmilwaukee.org or (414) 935-6525.

The CFH has raised nearly $2 million (since it began) for the American Cancer Society and now for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.

Proceeds raised through the Christmas Fantasy House will help support the mission of the Ronald McDonald House to provide a home away from home for families with children who are experiencing a serious illness or injury.  Since 1984 the RMH have provided over 36,000 family stays.  The RMH is a place for families to flourish, to reach out to one another and offer comfort and support.  Families enjoy private rooms, family meals, art and dog therapy programs, music, a chapel and a beautiful Secret Garden.  Most importantly, the RMH offers the emotional support and friendship of other families facing very similar situations

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