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Creative Healing Connections House & Garden Party In Lake Placid

Platinum LEED Certified home of Larry and Nancy Master in Lake Placid.

Platinum LEED Certified home of Larry and Nancy Master in Lake Placid.

— Creative Healing Connections to hold a fundraiser opening up the first pending Platinum LEED home in the Adirondacks to members of the community on Aug. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m.

Creative Healing Connections, a North Country nonprofit group that provides arts and healing retreats, is hosting a benefit cocktail party at the pending Platinum LEED Certified home of Larry and Nancy Master in Lake Placid.

“We use the arts in nature to help women with cancer and chronic illnesses, female veterans and female military spouses to heal,” CHC board president and founder Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley said. “What an incredible opportunity to see a platinum LEED certified home that is lovingly built with the planet’s health in mind, while learning about healing women in nature.”

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an international standard created to help building owners with green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community has met their standards so that the homeowner or home buyer can be assured that it was constructed in an environmentally sound manner - and built to last.

Founded in 1999 and also built to last, Creative Healing Connections gives scholarships to nine out of ten of its female participants, and this event will help raise scholarship funds for 2012 and 2013.

“In May we held the nation’s first retreat for female military spouses and partners in Saranac Lake,” CHC director Martha Spear of Upper Jay said. “It was a huge success and we are so grateful to all our funders for making it possible.”

“We are offering three more retreats this year,” said CHC co-founder Fran Yardley, of Middle Saranac Lake, who also leads retreats. “Two for female veterans in August and one for women with cancer and chronic illnesses in September. All the retreats are filling up fast.”

Yardley, a storyteller, will be one of several featured guests at the Masters’ home.

“While this event is a fund-raiser for CHC, we want anyone to come who is interested in enjoying this private house and garden opening,” said event co-chair Susan Rose Hockert of Wilmington.

Entry to the event is free, with donations appreciated. To RSVP for this event please contact director Martha Spear at 390-3899 or director@creativehealingconnections.org.

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