The first of eight weekends promoting a raffle in which the grand prize is a $200,000 home in Odenton's Seven Oaks development begins tomorrow with a program on outdoor awareness.
The state Department ofNatural Resources will showcase a variety of activities over the weekend, from historical re-enactments to an animal rehabilitation exhibit.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to Action for the Homeless, an organization that works to take people living on the street and give them a pace to call home.
Organizers say they hope the raffle will raise at least $250,000. Tickets cost $10 each.
Starting tomorrow and going each weekend until October, organizers will have a theme weekend, which will include state celebrities.
Cathy Lyness, coordinator for Action for the Homeless, said yesterday she couldn't reveal who the celebrities will be.
the first weekend will not have a celebrity,however, but instead will include presentations on the environment.
The activities will be run at the Seven Oaks community salescenter, routes 32 and 175, across from Fort Meade, from noon to 6 p.m.
People can tour the three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath grand-prize housein the 1900 block of Brigade Way.
The idea for the raffle came from Lou Grasmick, chief executive officer of Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore, and Gov. William Donald Schaefer. The Ryland Group, one of the area's largest builders, donated the home. The Halle Cos., which is building Seven Oaks, donated the land.
Activities this weekend include:
* The state Forest and Park Service will feature an "Adventure in the Outdoors," program,where they will talk about trail-walking and backpacking weekends in the mountains of Western Maryland.
* Park rangers will give an exhibit on the rehabilitation of animals.
The programs will be presented Saturday and Sunday. For more information or to buy raffle tickets, call Action for the Homeless at 467-3800 or stop by any office of O'Conor, Piper and Flynn, a real estate company with offices throughout the state.