MORONGO BASIN – With a brisk and breezy day for the 15th Annual Parade of Homes fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin, organizers are calling it a success for this year’s home tour after raising over $6800 in cash and sponsorships for the one day event. “We had over 200 parade goers this year which was great considering the forecast was for wind, rain and possibly snow” said Robin Schlosser, Reach Out executive director. “We had attendees from all over Southern California and vacationers from out of state and country. This year we had Visitors came from as far away as North Dakota, New York and Washington D.C., Missouri, Massachusetts as well as from British Columbia and Toronto, Canada.
“We had a lot of positive feedback as parade goers really enjoyed the homes. This year’s lineup innovative, historic and artistic homes. The diversity represents the unique lifestyle here in the Morongo Basin” Schlosser continued. “This is in large part due to the generous homeowners who call Reach Out and offer up their homes for the tour. With the response we received from homeowners our lineup for 2020 is already in the works.”
With the tour featuring homes in Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms the expanded hours of the tour allowed for more exploration of the homes offered. “One of the comments we heard over the last few years was that tour goers wanted more time to thoroughly explore the homes and talk with the homeowners ” said Schlosser. “In response we decided to open the tour for an additional hour last year and it seems to be a hit with the tour goers.”
Along with the beautiful homes offered on the tour, parade goers were provided with lunch by sponsor the Park Rock Café in beautiful Joshua Tree. Entrees of Pulled Pork Sandwiches with coleslaw, Tacos with rice and beans as well as deserts were enjoyed by attendees. Park Rock owner, Nelson Muniz and his staff kept it coming the entire afternoon and many parade goers complimented the cooks for a great meal. While at the Park Rock, diners were entertained by The Luminators. Comprised of Mark Ross, Paul Gerkin and Tammy Rhodes, the Luminators with their soulful sound and bluegrass and gospel tunes entertained diners throughout the afternoon.
Organizers would like to thank our sponsors-SCAN Health Plan, Z107.7 Morongo Basin Broadcasting, Hi Desert Publishing, Desert Moon Real Estate Pictorial, The Sun Runner, Park Rock Café, ArtFx and Furnishings and Joshua Tree Tortoise Telegraph for all their generous support. As the longest running fundraiser for Reach Out Morongo Basin, the Parade of Homes brings in proceeds to fund programs such as transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping, pickup and delivery of prescriptions, minor home repair and yard work assistance for seniors and the disable. For more information on services call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 or 760-369-8671.