Since its inception in 1992, the Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Homes Tour has showcased more than 100 beautifully decorated private homes, drawing more than 3,000 visitors each year.
Funds raised through the event help the Cancer Support Community expand its programs and services for area adults and children affected by cancer—all offered free of charge.
“The tour is a chance to see the unique holiday traditions and decor of local families,” says Becky Buck, marketing committee chair and a house manager for this year’s homes tour and whose sister, Molly Buck, is in charge of additional fundraising.
This year’s Holiday Homes Tour takes place December 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Simultaneously, a Holiday Boutique featuring apparel, accessories, handcrafted jewelry, gourmet culinary creations and more will be open the same days and hours at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road in Westlake Village.
“Visitors can kick off the holiday season, get a dose of holiday spirit, and get design and decor inspiration for their own homes, all while helping local families affected by cancer,” Becky says.
This year’s tour features four distinctive Conejo Valley homes located in Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Westlake Island. For the first time this year, each home will represent a cornerstone of the mission of the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara: Hope, Support, Education and Gratitude.
“We are very excited about this new feature because it helps to connect the event to the mission of the organization that the event is raising funds for,” says Becky.
The funds raised through ticket sales will help the Cancer Support Community offer support groups, educational workshops and other services free of charge to families affected by cancer in the local community.
“The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara has been in our community for 27 years,” notes Becky, adding that these services include wellness programs, social events and connection to community resources.
“More than 27,000 community members have benefited from services, and all services are offered free of charge throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and west San Fernando Valley,” she says.
Becky and Molly have been involved with the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara since 1992, when their mother, Joan, was on the Holiday Homes Tour committee and volunteered her daughters to be docents at a home on the tour.
“She made friends with the co-founders of the Cancer Support Community after we moved to Westlake Village in 1991 from Chicago,” Becky recalls. “As a nurse and community advocate, she felt the Cancer Support Community was an organization she can be passionate about, not only as a Registered Nurse, but because of the many relatives in our families that were affected by cancer.”
The Buck sisters, who also work together at Los Robles Homecare Services (their parents’ company), have been volunteering with the Cancer Support Community for 26 years, either as committee members or event volunteers. Their parents’ home was featured on a holiday home tour and they have hosted several home tour VIP events at their residence.
Additionally, “they have donated their Big Bear house and yacht to several live auctions for at least 10 galas,” Becky says.
“Our annual tradition is to be on the Holiday Homes Tour committee, and during the weekend event, we take many friends and clients to breakfast, then tour the homes,” she says. “We make a day of it, as we are dressed up in festive holiday attire. Then we can go shopping afterwards at the boutique.”
She and her sister love being a part of the fundraising team to help those in the community affected by cancer and spread the word about what an amazing organization the Cancer Support Community is in their own backyard.
“The Holiday Homes tour marks the beginning of the holidays in our family—puts us in the holiday spirit,” Becky says. “We have gained many valuable friendships by volunteering, in addition to knowing we are a part of helping support the community we love to work and live in.”
The Holiday Homes Tour is a unique event in the community where anyone is able to give back by gathering friends and family to tour the town and start off the holiday season in a positive, festive way, she adds.
“It just puts us in a great mood knowing we are all making a difference raising funds for the impactful programs the Cancer Support Community offers,” says Becky.
Tickets for the Holiday Homes Tour are $50 and can be purchased online at CancerSupportVVSB.org/ and during business hours at the Cancer Support Community, located at 530 Hampshire Road in Westlake Village. For more information, call 805.379.4777.