On Sunday, 9th, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty and I came together to welcome guests—and a few rays of sunshine—to the Park House to kick off the third annual Madison Park Home & Garden Tour. A self-guided walking tour of distinctive homes and gardens, this event raises key funds to benefit the teachers, staff and students at McGilvra Elementary School. Hundreds of guests picked up tour guides and wristbands before venturing off to discover amazing gardens and architecture. It was truly a pleasure to oversee this year’s tour, which was a great success and raised nearly $5,500 for McGilvra Elementary School.
“It was a wonderfully successful event and I want to thank Leslie Dickinson for coordinating and executing it flawlessly,” reflected Stacia Smith, chief sales officer and designated broker, RSIR. “I am so proud of the effort that was put into scheduling and preparing the homes, and the funds we raised to support our local community.”
A favorite stop on this year’s tour was the home and garden of Todd and Brenda Bonime. As Brenda told RSIR, she thinks of her yard as separated into rooms: “One room may be for coffee, newspapers and visiting with neighbors. Another for shade and an afternoon nap. I enjoy regarding the different areas of my garden this way—it’s a mind game that makes my yard manageable, instead of overwhelming.”
About McGilvra Elementary
McGilvra Elementary is a historic schoolhouse built in 1913, nestled in Madison Park, and is attended by children from Madison Park & Valley, the Arboretum, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Denny Blaine, and other neighborhoods throughout Seattle. As a public school, McGilvra Elementary relies on yearlong fundraising campaigns held by the school and the Parent Teachers Association to help provide vital programs and critical education support roles. The Madison Park Home & Garden Tour funds provide critical education support roles including music and art classes, reading and math specialists, and more.