Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce President Mark Petro, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, Friends President Leigh Reeves, Trust Mark Representative George Gunn, and MiracleHome builder Scott Shoemaker participate in the ceremonial board cutting for the MiracleHome.
Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce President Mark Petro, Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, Friends President Leigh Reeves, Trust Mark Representative George Gunn, and MiracleHome builder Scott Shoemaker participate in the ceremonial board cutting for the MiracleHome.
RIDGELAND - After a three-year hiatus, Friends of Children's Hospital will once again be raffling off a MiracleHome to raise money and awareness for the Jackson-based medical center. The organization is a fundraising and awareness arm of Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.

The home will be built at 13 Enclave Circle in the Enclave subdivision here. The last MiracleHome in 2011 was built in Reuion.

To escape the monotony of a traditional groundbreaking, the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Friends of Children's Hospital to introduce the first official board-cutting ceremony at the site on Tuesday.

"Since 2003, the Friends of Children's Hospital and volunteer builders in both Madison and Rankin County have worked in conjunction with Trustmark Bank as well as the Home Builders Association of Jackson to construct a MiracleHome with donated materials," said Mark Petro, 2014 Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce President.

There are 6,000 raffle tickets being sold for $100 each and the drawing is scheduled for Dec. 6.

The MiracleHome is scheduled to be complete by Oct. 17 and will be open for viewing during the Parade of Homes that month.

Ridgeland's Scott Shoemaker with Shoemaker Homes is building the house with donated materials and volunteer labor.

"We're excited that we get the chance to partner with the Friends of Children's Hospital," said Shoemaker. "We really appreciate the opportunity to do this."

Leigh Reeves, President of the Board of Directors for FCH, said Shoemake was the perfect fit for this year's project.

"They have a long history in the homebuilding industry and very reputable," she said. "They know the importance of having a world-class facility like we have at Blair E. Batson."

In 2013, Shoemaker was recognized by Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee and received the Economic Developer of the Year Award for the subsequent year. Before then, he served as president of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets for the Ridgeland MiracleHome first went on sale Tuesday and are currently available for purchase. For more information about the Friends of Children's Hospital or for ticket information, visit www.foch.org.