The 29th Annual Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour will return in person early next month, with people walking through festively decorated homes for the first time in two years, as the nonprofit celebrates its 90th year in the South Bay to help those in need. Celebrates for
The Holiday Homes Tour, one of the Sandpipers’ biggest fundraisers, raised more than $100,000 last year, despite the event being held on a computer screen.
“It was really cool, but it was a different experience,” Holiday Homes Tour director Alex Mandas said of last year’s virtual event. “We are thrilled to be able to take it back in person and to have a face-to-face community experience.”
In 2019, the last time people were actually visiting homes on this tour, the event raised more than $140,000.
From December 3 to 5, this year’s Holiday Homes Tour will feature one home in Manhattan Beach and two in Redondo Beach. Ticket buyers can choose how many homes they want to visit per day from 10 am to 5 pm
All proceeds from the Home Tour will fund the Sandpipers Holiday Basket Program.
The Holiday Basket Program delivers basic necessities to hundreds of people of all ages in the South Bay. Each basket contains more than $900 in essentials, including clothing and personal hygiene items, as well as toys and gifts.
A group of South Bay women started the Sandpipers in 1931, when many local families were struggling during the Great Depression. He started a bread line in Hermosa Beach, according to his website, and helped feed and clothe the needy.
The nonprofit supports more than 60 local charities, said Nikki Binford-Marshall, president of the Sandpipers Board of Directors.
“Through the generosity of tour ticket holders, community partners and more than 200 volunteers,” Binford-Marshall said in an email, “we have been able to support the Sandpipers’ philanthropic programs right here in the South Bay.”
In addition to the three homes on tour, the Neptunian Women’s Club in Manhattan Beach, a holiday boutique and a cafe will be set up at 920 Highland Avenue. The boutiques and cafes are open to the public and free of charge during the same hours as the tour.
Masks are required for entry into homes and inside the Neptunian Women’s Club when food and drink are not consumed. There will be no shuttle this year and ride-sharing is encouraged, according to the organizers.
Presale tickets for the home tour are available for $30, plus credit card fees. Tickets will cost more than $35 starting December 3.