This past Sunday, Dec. 2, the public got a rare opportunity to tour the historic fraternity and sorority homes on Milledge Avenue for the 24th annual Classic City Tour of Homes.
As reported in The Red & Black, the University of Georgia chapter of Miracle, a student-led nonprofit organization that raises funds for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, hosted the event. Each of the 20 open houses had organization members ready to collect donations.
Each year, these sorority and fraternity homes at the University of Georgia are fully decorated for the holidays, and many homes also offered refreshments and vendors selling gift items with all proceeds benefiting UGA Miracle.
Some houses had local vendor booths like Mia Bella’s Boutique, a new local clothing and accessories store, set up while other houses sold food or drink.
Senior special education and general studies student, Ansley Roberts from Milledgeville, who has been a member of UGA Miracle since her freshman year oversaw the event.
“I wanted to get involved in something that I could give back and that was bigger than myself,” Roberts said. “[UGA Miracle] felt like the perfect thing because we get to interact with the kids that we help.”
Roberts mentioned how important the event is for their organization.
“Our events play a big role in our overall total for the year and we hope that our events get more people to want to be involved,” she said. “[The Classic City Tour of Homes] is a big part of our fundraising because there will be opportunities for people to donate at the event and all the ticket sales go to our total for the end of the year.”
Graduate historic preservation student, Savannah Young, was excited to be able to see inside the houses.
“Otherwise you just walk past them,” Young said. “I’ve been curious how [the houses have] been transformed into multi-resident space versus just the grand home they used to be.”
Patricia Rogers, attendee and mother of a UGA Miracle alumna, was also happy to be able to see into the houses.
“Coming to Athens, you always see these beautiful homes, and you always have a curiosity about what they look like on the inside,” Rogers said. “I think we’re getting to see them at their finest with all their Christmas finery, and I’m very interested in the details in the home since they’ve all been restored to their original state as much as possible.”
Rogers appreciates all the event and the organization does for the local community.
“This tour of homes is very indicative of Athens — how the community and the college intertwine with each other,” she said. “For the Greek life to support it as well by offering up their homes, I think is a very generous thing to do.”
Rogers, a resident of LaGrange, works at a partner hospital of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is able to see how events like these contribute to the hospitals.
“Many times it’s used to buy new equipment or help offset the costs for families that can’t pay,” Rogers said. “Knowing how it works and seeing how it works gives me a great satisfaction, it’s all so worthwhile.”
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