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The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse fundraising event allows access to some of Milwaukee’s most spectacular homes. Daily through June 17, you will have the chance to peek inside local businessman Andy Nunemaker’s Terrace Ave. mansion and dream home built in 1905. Last Friday, they held a kickoff gala in the street in front of the […]

The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse fundraising event allows access to some of Milwaukee’s most spectacular homes. Daily through June 17, you will have the chance to peek inside local businessman Andy Nunemaker’s Terrace Ave. mansion and dream home built in 1905. Last Friday, they held a kickoff gala in the street in front of the house and attracted over 400 people.

Unlike the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse (WBCS ) is a local organization dedicated to keeping its fundraising dollars at work in Wisconsin. Since 1998, they have been supporting breast and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin to the tune of $4.4 million. They host several fundraising events throughout the year, though the Showhouse in June is the signature event.

Preparing for the event is a yearlong process and begins with selecting a fabulous Milwaukee home. Then, local decorators are invited to style a room in the house and show off their talents.
 

I had the pleasure of meeting Andy while working for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is very well known for his generosity and his fantastic house parties, often in support of a local nonprofit. I asked him a few questions about his new home and being featured this year:

Isn’t this house right near your old one? When did you move and why?

I lived two houses north of the new house.  I always loved the new house; in fact, it is one of four houses in Milwaukee I liked more than my old one!  When it came on the market for the right price, I was excited to be able to buy it.

Why did you decide to feature your place for the breast cancer show house?

I was approached by the WBCS folks within a week of purchasing the new house.  Since I planned on doing some restoration work to the house, the WBCS seemed like a good idea.  The process has been wonderful.  The designers came up with so many good ideas I would have never thought of on my own.

What’s the secret to throwing a great party and being a good host?

I think most of the homeowners in my neighborhood think of themselves as caretakers of these great houses.  It’s easy for us to open the houses for events since these houses were all originally designed for entertaining.  It’s fun to recreate the atmosphere of parties from 100 years ago.

Andy’s newly decorated home (2212 N. Terrace Ave.) will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through June 17. The house will stay open until 8 p.m. on June 12 and 14 to accommodate all schedules. Order $20 advance sale tickets online or purchase them for $25 at the door.

And these days no charity event is complete without a walk/run. There is a 5K event at Lake Park this Saturday June 9. To register for the event, click here.  

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