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Oct. 4, 2007

Passport to Europe-Dream Home Tour Benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association The Muscular Dystrophy Association is proud to invite the public to join them on a tour to Europe during their week-long dream home tour in Mequon. The home, is called The Barrington Manor and is an impressive 9,000 square foot European estate built by luxury home builder Barenz Builders Inc. of Germantown.

The home will be open to the public for a $10 donation to MDA starting Sunday, October 7 from 12-5, Tuesday, October 9 from 4-8, Wednesday, October 10 from 12-5, Thursday, October 11 from 4-8, Friday, October 12 from 4-8 and Saturday and Sunday from 12-5. The home is located at 11506 N. Shorecliff Lane in Mequon (Mequon Road 1/2 mile east of I-43) and is wheelchair accessible on the main floor. Guests touring the home may pay at the door.

In addition to supporting MDA by touring the home there will also be a basket raffle for tourgoers to participate in offering several unique baskets each valued between $50-$150.

Commenting on the impressive nature of the home Ron Barenz, President of Barenz Builders, stated "tour goers will be impressed from the start, greeted with a traditional French garden, a stately stone turret and tiled roof, immediately you feel like you're at a home tucked away into the European countryside."

Highlights of the home which exemplifies Old World craftsmanship and design include an Alder wood staircase with hand carved balusters and newel posts with a beautiful walnut burl inlay, three majestic stone fireplaces, a cozy hearth room with a tongue and groove ceiling off the gourmet kitchen. A large travertine walk-in shower with Kohler Water Tiles on the walls and a ceiling that features 22 hydro-therapy sprays. An octagonal back staircase leads to the lower level with a kitchenette, projection theater room, and a ballet studio. Pella windows surrounded by detailed woodwork offer unbelievable natural views of Lake Michigan surrounded by towering evergreens.

For the interior design, Glenn Mielke of Jamie Wilke Interiors chose a traditional style that he updated for more comfort. He used timeless earthy color tones, adding a fashionable new spark. A color wash was applied to the textured foyer walls to give it an older gently worn feeling and bring out the architectural details in the room.

While there is much more to see in the home, the purpose of this "Dream Home Tour" is not lost on the builders, Ron and Cheryl Barenz of West Bend.

"This is the second year we've supported MDA through the Passport event and we're honored to be involved, " said Cheryl Barenz, "we know the funds raised at this event will make an impact on the lives of those served by the Association."

Last year the event, which offered a tour of a Mediterranean inspired home, raised nearly $80,000 net to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This was thanks in part to strong corporate sponsors. Joining Barenz Builders in their effort to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association are the event's sponsors including Platinum Sponsor: Johnson Bank; Gold Sponsors: Ferguson Kitchen & Bath/Kohler, Halquist Stone Company, Verhalen Pella, Zuern Building Products; Silver Sponsors: Lake Country Heating, Malkins Carpets Inc., P&H Mining Equipment, Schmidt Custom Floors, Vande Hey-Raleigh Architectural Roof Tile Co. and Bronze Sponsors: Stark Investments, Superior Sight & Sound. Media Sponsors include CBS-58 & M Magazine.

Funds raised in conjunction with the Passport to Europe event will directly benefit nearly 600 families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA offers a wide range of services to those affected by neuromuscular disease. With clinics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, MDA offers diagnostic testing, follow-up care, and genetic counseling. MDA also sponsors support groups and a week-long session of summer camp for children and young adults. The Association is dedicated to defeating 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs

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