GALENA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2005--U.S. Bank's third
annual Parade of Homes, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00
p.m. on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, showcases 13
custom-built homes, alongside Galena's glorious fall colors. This
year's theme, "Imagine the Possibilities" gives parade-goers a preview
of innovative architecture, outstanding craftsmanship and the latest
trends in technology and interior decor in Galena, the Galena
Territory and East Dubuque.
Highlights of some of the home features include soaring ceilings,
limestone fireplaces, recreational rooms with amenities such as a wet
bar, sit-down bar, billiards, built-in entertainment centers, home
theatre room and even an ice cream parlor. Technological advancements
include in-floor radiant heat, in-wall and in-ceiling speaker systems,
wiring for satellite audio and video, plus a centralized kitchen
keypad control unit. A European Lodge, posh French country and a
Tuscany flavor with warm colors are a few of the interior design
B'Ann Dittmar, U.S. Bank Galena market president, said that the
housing industry continues to be strong in the Galena area. "The
Parade allows visitors to see the best-of-the-best from local builders
while accumulating stunning ideas for building, remodeling, or
decorating their own homes. This year's showcase of high-end, new
custom homes demonstrates the culmination of years of the very best in
Galena's home building industry," said Dittmar. "The builders have
truly outdone themselves this year with magnificent homes and
All ticket proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit
organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Tyler's Justice Center
for Children, Galena EMT's and United Churches of Galena Food Pantry.
More than $20,000 has been raised for charity through past ticket
"We're thrilled with how this event has grown due to the
enthusiasm of parade-goers who travel from near and far to see our
community's brightest builders and designers while helping us raise
much-needed funds for local organizations. Our volunteers especially
enjoy meeting those who qualify for our drawing of a $500 U.S. savings
bond when they make it to all of the homes on the tour," said Dittmar.
This year's parade showcases ten homes nestled among the hills in
the Galena Territory, built by Galena Hillside Homes, Northgate
Builders, G.W. Knuckey Builders, Village Homes, Schmidt & Associates,
Stangl Construction LLC, Robert Johnson Builders, Log Works, McGuire
Construction and Kimball Hill Development. A luxury town home by
Matrix National Investment at Cobblestone Crossing in Galena is also
featured, and two beautiful homes by Northwest Builders in East
Dubuque complete the tour.
This year's parade top sponsors are: First Galena Corporation, TGI
Realty, De'Lites, Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Preferred Properties at
Eagle Ridge, The Floor Emporium, J & R Rental, FloorShow Furniture &
Flooring, Siemen Woodworks, Inc., Vignettes, and Slumberland.
Additional sponsors include: Old Northwest Land Co., Security First
Title Co., Spahn & Rose Lumber Co., Bader Custom Cabinets, H.B.
Wilkinson Title Co., Inc., Top Block and Brick, McCoy Real Estate, J&J
Pool & Spa, Holland Plumbing, Inc., Holland Heating, M&M Concrete,
Inc., The Spa Gallery, Almost Heaven Rentals, Younker's, Culligan
Water, Coldwell Banker/Network Realty, The Mill Furnishings & Design
Store, Country Insurance & Financial Services, Robbins Satellite,
Winter's Welding, The Bed Shop, and Close Comfort. Additional support
was also given by Lamar Advertising, Jo Carroll Energy and Wal-Mart.
Discounted parade tickets for $7 and free copies of the U.S. Bank
Parade of Homes guides, including detailed maps, will be available
starting October 1st, at each of the Galena and Dubuque U.S. Bank
locations, Eagle Ridge Resort and at Spikes just inside the entrance
to The Galena Territory. All parade homes will be clearly marked, and
tickets to the event can be purchased at each home on the day of the
event for $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under.
For more information, visit www.galenaparadeofhomes.com or call
(815) 777-0344 or (815) 777-3820.
photos of homes on tour are available
CONTACT: News Release
Lisa H. Clark, 608-877-7517