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It’s not your usual Homearama mural

This mural will greet visitors to The Charity House

The mural took four hours to complete

It’s not unusual to find a hand-painted mural in a Homearama home. Many builders have loaned out walls in their showcase homes as a canvas for local artists to demonstrate how wall murals can take you to a different place, a different time or a different atmosphere.

But this mural is different. It was painted by five children, ages 9-11, from Portsmouth’s Douglass Park Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia.

It is on display in the garage of The Charity House, which is being featured at Tidewater Builders Association’s Spring Homearama at Founders Pointe in Isle of Wight County May 8-23.

The project was a true team effort

The painting of the mural marked the official dedication of the home, being built by Simply Sasser of Sasser Construction to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia.

On hand for the occasion were many of the home’s suppliers and subcontractors who are donating part or all of their materials to the cause so that when the home is sold, there will be more proceeds available to help at-risk children to succeed.

The children were under the direction of Neisha Bethly, a senior program director with BGCSEVA. Neisha created the original concept for the mural after visiting Founders Pointe and taking a stroll on the pier near the Homearama homes.

Cheering them on were officials from Isle of Wight County; Tidewater Builders Association; East West Partners, developers of the community; Boys & Girls Clubs Board members, and the team from Sasser Construction.

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SOLD! Homearama Charity House to benefit CHKD

A beaming Herb Watson, center, builder of the 2009 Charity House, with buyers Jim and Valerie Harvey, on the porch.

Among the 1,200-plus visitors to the Homearama Preview open house last weekend was a couple whose purchase of a new Homearama home will help further the mission of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

Jim and Valerie Harvey of Chesapeake purchased “The Sydney Lambert,” the home named for a 6-year-old cancer patient from the hospital.

The couple were attracted to the Victorian style of the home. The home is one of 12 that display classic interpretations of traditional architectural styles, creating a streetscape with the look and feel of early American neighborhoods.

The builder, Herb Watson of The Walters Company, and numerous suppliers and subcontractors contributed to the home in order increase the amount of proceeds that will benefit the cause.

Over the years, the annual Tidewater Builders Association’s Homearama Charity House has brought over $1 million to local children’s causes. It marks the third Homearama home sold so far this year. The 12 homes will be on display to the public Oct. 3-18.

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