Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Open House for Micah's; Amelia Island: Homes Will Welcome Public in Benefit for Shelter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Open House for Micah's; Amelia Island: Homes Will Welcome Public in Benefit for Shelter

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Byline: Amelia A. Hart, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

The homes of four Amelia Island Plantation residents will be opened to the public this month to raise money to build a house most Nassau County residents will never see.

The second annual Micah's Place Tour of Homes & Gardens comes on the heels of the non-profit organization's ceremonial ground-breaking Wednesday for its long-planned shelter for victims of domestic violence in Nassau County. The agency also is working to launch a 24-hour hot line for crisis intervention, information and referral.

Last year's inaugural Tour of Homes & Gardens netted more than $13,000 and established itself as the signature fund-raising event for Micah's Place, said Marilyn Evans-Jones, president of the Micah's Place board of directors.

"I really do think it's a wonderful community spirit that people are willing to open their homes so that people who are less fortunate will have a place to go," Evans-Jones said.

More than 200 volunteers will be on hand to assist during the tour on March 27 and 28.

Tour participants will see four homes, each with a different vista of Amelia Island, house selection committee member Carol Ann Atwood said.

Homes on the tour include a Caribbean-style manor house with a view of Nassau Sound, a glamorous sixth-floor condominium overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a French- and Bermuda-influenced home along a golf course, and an eclectically decorated ranch home that looks out toward a marsh.

The homes are owned by Harry and Beverly Keigwin, Bill and Bonnie Ramsbottom, Bill and Betty Wolfe, and Arthur and Barbara Reeve.

The event also will include lunch at Plae, a new restaurant at The Spa & Shops at Amelia Island Plantation, and shop owners will be contributing 20 percent of sales to Micah's Place.

Bill Wolfe said he and his wife, who built their Amelia Island Plantation home six years ago, were happy to support Micah's Place's efforts to build a shelter in Nassau County.

"This is something that's really needed," he said. "It will do a great world of good."

Victims of domestic violence in Nassau County have to go to Jacksonville's Hubbard House for help. …

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