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Apr 05 2013

A Home Run for HGTV Tours

Special to the Island Connection

The HGTV Dream Home 2013 Tours have ended, but its impact is just beginning. Located on beautiful Kiawah Island, the home brought in over 6,200 visitors and more than $125,000, all benefiting Communities in Schools (CIS) of the Charleston Area.

We are so amazed with the results and I am still at a loss for words,” said CIS Executive Director Jane Riley-Gambrell. “We are very grateful for this opportunity provided by Dyal Compass and HGTV. These funds will help us continue our mission of helping students remain in school.”

The tours brought guests from all over the country, from California, Texas ,and Ohio. Canadians even made their way to Charleston just to visit the HGTV Dream Home.

Many of the guests were hopeful that they were walking through their new home, as the sweepstakes winner was not announced until March 15. The HGTV Dream Home 2013 grand prize package, including the fully-furnished Low Country Zen coastal home, a 2013 GMC Acadia Denali and $500,000, is valued at over $2.2 million. Tours ran every weekend from February 14 through March 10 and tickets were $20 each.

Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area provides support to more than 10,700 students in 23 schools in Charleston and Berkeley Counties. During the 2011-12 school year, CIS provided intense services to almost 1,100 children. Of those students, 93 percent of seniors graduated and 96 percent of students were promoted to the next grade. To learn more about Communities in Schools’ dropout prevention program, visit

About Communities in Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is a national dropout prevention organization that surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and a chance to give back to peers and the community, CIS has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

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