N. Fulton home show to benefit playground for special needs children

5:34 p.m Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Neighborhoods
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Children’s Charities is hosting a showcase of a Milton home Apil 19-23. Proceeds from the showcase will be used to build a playground accessible to special needs children.

Amanda White and Lauren Holmes had a vision.

Through their nonprofit, Children’s Charities, the North Fulton duo wanted to build an all-inclusive playground and park in Milton that would be accessible to all children, no matter their abilities. About 65 percent of the playground will be handicap-accessible, including a zip-line and swings for children in wheelchairs.

Milton officials approved the park’s development, but one thing still stood in White and Holmes’ way – how to pay for the estimated $500,000 project? 

Luckily, a couple from North Fulton heard about the charity and its goal and offered up its help. The couple was building an extravagant home in Milton – a modern farmhouse – that sat on 42 acres of land and featured a variety of custom amenities.

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For four days in April, the couple – who wishes to remain anonymous – is lending their home to Children’s Charities to use it as a show home.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards Children’s Charities, and much of what is inside the home – even custom-made items from local artists – will be for sale, and 25 percent of those sales will go towards the charity.

One of the chairs in the home was built in 1818. A table in the home was built from wood that used to be a bridge in Tennessee. 

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The entire home is furnished by interior designer Pacita Wilson from Pineapple Park. The architect is Tim Bryan and the builder is Jason Cole. Art and goods from local vendors, including Henry & Pearl, Andrea Costa, Britney Bass, Church Street Cottage, Blue Hazel Love Jewelry and Margaret Nichols will be on sale.

The home features several unique amenities, including built-in surround sound, five fireplaces, a personal gym, a theater room and a room for the family’s dogs that features a shower for the pets.

The kitchen area has four walk-in wings — a medicine pantry, a dry pantry for baking, a bar room and a room with a see-through fridge and coffee maker. Drawers in the kitchen close on their own, and a large drawer in the middle island acts as a freezer.

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White and Holmes are pitching the showcase this way: Come out to Clarity Farm for a tour between April 19 and 23, see an awesome house, get some ideas for your own home, buy some things from local entrepreneurs and support a great cause.

As for the park project, White said, “many parks around here will say that they are wheelchair accessible, but maybe they’re made of concrete and (wheelchair users) can only go to one section.

“Our goal is to completely put in the flooring so the whole entire park is reachable by a wheelchair. And maybe it’s not just for children, maybe there’s a grandmother in a wheelchair who would like to take her kids to the park.”

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Children’s Charities has been assisting children since its founding five years ago. White and Holmes initially started the nonprofit to help Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, but decided they wanted to keep the donationsin their community, around north Fulton and south Forsyth counties.

Since then, Children’s Charities has purchased an emergency transport vehicle for Forsyth, which Holmes describes as “an emergency room on wheels.” The charity also helped fund a device to detect signs of autism in children as young as two months old. Visit childrenscharitiesga.org for more information.

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To purchase tickets for the showcase benefiting the all-accessible playground, visit freshtix.com/events/clarity-farm-showcase-home-and-tour. The Clarity Farm Showcase Home and Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Guests can park at the Birmingham United Methodist Church, and a shuttle will take ticket holders to the home for a tour.

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