CFUW Aurora/Newmarket introduces its home and garden tour for grants

CFUW Aurora/Newmarket will be conducting its home and garden tour for grants for the first time. CFUW stands for Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket.

CFUW Aurora/Newmarket is a non-partisan, self-funded organization active since 1957.

This tour includes nine select homes and gardens in Aurora, Newmarket and Stouffville.

The event is scheduled for June 18 from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine.

“This is just the thing to celebrate a new season. The houses on the tour are unique. And beautiful gardens and outdoor living spaces will inspire our guests,” said Jean Fraser of the HG Tour Steering Committee, who have been meeting to plan the event for over a year.

The tour showcases six homes with different themes and passions – a local designer’s home with a stunning solarium and outdoor living space, a multi-story townhouse that showcases an artist’s eye for color and texture, a converted 1960’s bungalow that features… Filled with Indonesian or Asian pieces, Origins is a two-story red brick home designed to complement Aurora’s historic district, a century home renovated to ensure the original materials were saved and reused, and an idyllic pastoral home on 12 acres Property set around a tranquil pond.

Also, there are three designated garden stops on the tour where guests can enjoy a leisurely stroll and meet the gardeners who are excited to share their talents and spring beauties.

“We offer such a diverse group of homes in terms of decor, age and style. We are so fortunate to have these incredible allies in our community generously opening their homes and gardens to 500 friends, neighbors and community members,” said Fulvia Cantarutti, President of the CFUW Aurora/Newmarket Charitable Trust. “You’re helping us make a difference in the lives of young women in our community.”

This year marks the 65th anniversary of Aurora/Newmarket CFUW and the home and garden tour is part of the club’s celebrations. Over 120 club members volunteer their time and talents – and some their homes and gardens – to make this event a success.

All proceeds from the tour fund the club’s charitable grant program. The awards committee is currently reviewing this year’s student applications. More than $20,000 in financial support is available to young women in the community.

The grant program is why many business owners and community partners are sponsors of the tour.

“I decided to support the CFUW Home and Garden Tour because one of the most powerful ways to empower women is through education,” said Karla Wilson, owner-operator of Metropolis Mercantile and Café in Newmarket (and one of the Platinum -sponsors of the event).

Other sponsors of the event are:

• Platinum – Scotia Wealth Management

• Gold – Audi HJ Pfaff Newmarket

• Silver – Delmanor Aurora, Newmarket Today.ca, Star Metroland Media and Town of Aurora

An HG Tour pass includes locations and descriptions of the houses and gardens, as well as accessibility details, to ensure the comfort and safety of all participants.

The self-guided tour offers participants the flexibility to choose the order of objects visited. Local caregivers point out other aspects of the houses and gardens.

For tickets and more tour information, visit the CFUW Aurora/Newmarket Home and Garden website.

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