STEP2, a local non-profit organization that provides recovery treatment for chemical dependent women and their children, announced that it’s 17th Annual Homes for the Holidays fundraiser will showcase five magnificent homes in Montreux for public tours. The annual home tour represents the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

20522_Bordeaux_6994-3_WebNearly one out of every five women of childbearing age in Washoe County is in need of substance abuse treatment. As the area’s only organization to specialize in drug and alcohol abuse treatment for women and children, STEP2, in response to the staggering statistics, is expanding its treatment capacity. “STEP2’s new facility will double our treatment capabilities from 160 to 320 families per year. This expansion is more important than ever considering the economic downturn which can cause an increase in substance abuse and homelessness. We are honored to be a resource for women and their children to turn to in their time of need,” explained Diaz Dixon, STEP2 Chief Executive Officer.  

This year, five generous homeowners in Montreux will open their doors to the public on the weekend of December 4, 2009 to help raise funds for STEP2. The kick-off event for the weekend-long affair is the extraordinary Jingle and Mingle Preview Party gala which will be held on Friday evening, December 4th at The Grove. The evening’s events begin at 4:00 p.m. and include a sneak-peak tour of the homes, an elegant hors d’oeuvre buffet, hosted bar and auctions. The cost per person is $125 for the Jingle and Mingle Preview Party and Twilight Tour.

On Saturday and Sunday (December 5-6, 2009), the homeowners will welcome the public to tour their homes which will all be decorated in the spirit of the season. For only $35, guests may tour the featured homes and get an up close and personal look at stunning architecture, interior design and holiday decor. There will also be a Holiday Shoppe boutique, featuring unique holiday gifts as well as delicious Hollyberry Lunches. The tour will run from 10:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m.20522_Bordeaux_7024-2_Web

All proceeds raised from the tour will benefit STEP2 and help the organization provide substance abuse treatment for women and their children in the Truckee Meadows. Without the Homes for the Holidays event, STEP2 would not be as successful as it is today. Tickets went on sale October 12, 2009 and can be purchased at the following ticket centers: Aqua Salon, Best Wishes, Dickson Realty (Caughlin Crossing and Montreux Visitor Center), GJ Rhodes, L’Uva Bella, Paper Moon, St. Ives Florist, Tassels (formally Name Droppers), Whispering Vine and Vista Grille. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling (775) 787-9411.