Logs End has been a long-standing and proud supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). This year, our team was thrilled to help supply some of the rustic wood elements for the 2017 CHEO Dream Home, called the “Red Maple”.
CHEO’s 27th annual Dream of a Lifetime lottery launched Tuesday, with a luxury Dream Home centrepiece — designed and decorated as an ode to Canada’s sesquicentennial — and nearly $3 million in other prizes available.
The 5,392-square-foot home on 585 Chriscraft Way in Manotick opened its doors to the media and stakeholders involved in designing, building and furnishing the house, which is the lottery’s grand prize.
First prize also comes with $100,000 cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 pickup truck, a $5,000 Farm Boy gift certificate, and moving, legal and cleaning services, with a total value of around $1.8 million.
This year’s model, the Red Maple, is warm and inviting with contemporary and classic Canadian features that include rustic stone, Douglas Fir beams and wood floors milled from reclaimed Logs End Inc. logs pulled from the Ottawa River.
“There’s a lot of barn board and post and beam but it is still contemporary,” said Dan Champagne, vice-president of development and corporate relations at the CHEO Foundation. “The Canadian theme runs throughout the house right down to the accessories — the books that are on the shelves are Canadian stories and/or Canadian artists.”
There are four bedrooms in the home, including one that is designed as a den/office. The house also sports other high-end amenities, such as a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings in the great room, an outdoor fireplace, a two-storey kid’s bedroom, and a fully loaded recreation room with a gym in the basement.
A total of 70,500 tickets are available, with 1 in 14 odds of winning one of the 5,100 prizes that have a total value of $2,894,311.87. Prizes include vacations, power boats and cars, as well tickets to the Grey Cup and the Ottawa Redblacks’ last 2017 regular season game for those who purchase before Sept. 22. Also, 50/50 tickets will be sold. Last year’s winner took home $539,657.
Since the lottery’s inception in 1991, it has generated more than $40 million for the CHEO Foundation. Last year, it raised $3.3 million, which funds state-of-the-art equipment, research and support services for the hospital.
Kevin Keohane, the president and CEO of the CHEO Foundation, said the lottery grows every year because the community has a vested interest in the hospital’s success.
“I know it’s a lottery and a lottery is supposedly about winning, but I think if you talk to enough people who buy our tickets, what they say is, ‘I’d love to win something but I’m doing this really to support CHEO and winning is a bonus.’”
Young Wyatt Scott, who suffers from a rare disease that affects his ability to open his mouth or swallow, is the reason so many people get behind the lottery. His mother, who spoke at the launch on Tuesday, doubts her son would be alive if it were not for the care he received at CHEO.
“He has a rare condition called brain stem dysgenesis and there are only 15 cases right now in the world,” said Amy Miville.
“That’s the best thing about CHEO. They make you feel like you are going to get out of this, that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
What: The Minto Dream Home, part of the nearly $1.8-million Grand Prize in the 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery
Where: 585 Chriscraft Way in Minto’s Mahogany in Manotick
When: Open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until the Dec. 8 deadline to buy tickets ($100 or three for $250) or until tickets sell out. The final draw is Jan. 9 and 10.
The dream home effect
While the government pays for CHEO’s operating costs, it does not pay for equipment. Here’s a sample of how the lottery has changed the hospital in recent years:
A newly renovated day surgery unit will be complete in late December. The refurbished unit will cut surgery wait times in half for patients. Also, staff will be able to perform an extra 1,500 surgeries a year.
The lottery funds numerous research projects in the lab and clinics. The funds are often quadrupled by other funding bodies that match the money raised.
CHEO amalgamated with the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre this year. This partnership expands services for children with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs who require specialized care.