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Council cooks up kitchen parade idea

Tour of remodeled kitchens supports Boone County Council on Aging
Thursday, April 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:09 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

While remodeled kitchens can be stunning, they are usually only enjoyed by the homeowners and their friends and family. However, thanks to the Boone County Council on Aging, four remodeled kitchens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for public viewing.

“Kitchens In Bloom,” a new event, will raise funds for the council.

Four remodeled kitchens are on the tour. One of these kitchens belongs to Fran Lambeth of 2612 West Rollins Road.

“We had our kitchen remodeled about a year ago,” Lambeth said. “I became involved with the Kitchens In Bloom fund-raiser because I used to be on the Boone County Council on Aging board and I was also asked by the contractor of my kitchen. A friend recommended my kitchen as well.” Lambeth said.

Remodeling kitchen big endeavor for Lambeth

Lambeth knows first hand that remodeling a kitchen can be a huge project.

“We turned three rooms into one big room, removed a 40-square-foot fireplace, replaced a peninsula with an island and put a wall where a door used to be. Our goal was to bring the outdoors in, and we achieved that by installing picture windows on both sides of the room. Anywhere you stand, you can see out the front and the back. It’s quite stunning,” Lambeth said.

The Boone County Council on Aging was founded about 30 years ago. It assists elderly residents of the county who have low incomes. The council consists of a large group of volunteers that helps with home and lawn maintenance, transportation to doctors’ appointments, grocery shopping. Sometimes volunteers just visit with those who are alone and isolated. The council is a United Way agency, and though it receives funding from the United Way, it also relies on two major fund-raisers each year to meet its budget.

Council hopes Kitchens in Bloom blossoms

“The idea for Kitchens In Bloom came from a similar fund-raiser that I attended in Springfield, Ill., last year,” said Ann Havey, a board member of council. “Thousands attended that event, which was the thirteenth annual. Though this is our first fund-raiser of this kind, I hope it’s not the last.”

To see the kitchens, a $10 ticket must be purchased. Tickets will be available at the houses on Sunday afternoon. The addresses of the four homes are: 200 Bingham Road, 101 Edgewood Ave., 608 West Stewart Road and 2612 West Rollins Road.


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