LECPTA-4th of July Parade #2

The theme of this year’s auction party that will kick off the 40th annual Lakewood Home Festival was unveiled at last week’s Lakewood Fourth of July parade.

This year’s “Lights, Camera, Lakewood” auction party will open its doors on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Belo Mansion & Pavilion in the Dallas Arts District. Doors will close at 12:30 a.m. The auction party sells out every year, so guests are encouraged to buy tickets early.

The theme was announced as the Lakewood Early Childhood PTA danced to iconic movie soundtracks down the parade route.

The PTA’s biggest event of the year will feature a live auction, silent auction and a casino lounge. Limited access to a separate exclusive Press Pass VIP Lounge will be offered from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. with separate check-in and check-out, swag bags, passed hors d’oeuvres, premium liquor, casino chips and additional perks.

“We want everybody to party like the celebrities do,” says party co-chair Courtney Bock Mathews. “Guests should wear either costumes from their favorite movie, dress like a favorite Hollywood celebrity or come in gala attire for a Hollywood movie premiere.”

LECPTA-4th of July Parade #1Guests dressed as their favorite stars can enter the Star Struck Costume Contest for a chance to win prizes. The Dallas area band Limelight will also be performing classic hits throughout the evening.

Home tour tickets range in price from $15 to $30. Tours will be available from Nov. 11 until Nov. 13.

The annual event raises funds for Lakewood Elementary School, J.L. Long Middle School and Woodrow Wilson High School. Funds raised go to the purchase of school materials, computers and enrichment programs. Attended by thousands of patrons annually, the Lakewood Home Festival has raised millions of dollars for local schools since 1976. Last year’s festival raised more than $187,000 for the schools, setting a new record.

Whether or not they attend the auction party, visitors to the Lakewood Home Festival can tour a diverse selection of Lakewood homes throughout the weekend. Visit lakewoodhomefestival.com for more information.

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