Decorated homes help raise funds for different organizations

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COLUMBIA - Four houses opened their doors to show off their holiday decorations in hopes of keeping the music playing.

Holiday Home Tours aimed to raise funds for the Women's Symphony League and the Ronald McDonald House. 

"It helps the conservatory of music where the children meet and play together," said Jolene Schulz, member of the Women's Symphony League. 

She said some of the houses will have children from the conservatory playing music. There are four houses people can tour, one is the Ronald McDonald House, the other three are private residences.

Angela Huntington, community outreach coordinator for the Ronald McDonald House Charities said this event does more than raise money for the organization.

"It lets people come into the home and see exactly what we do and how our families live and the services that we offer," Huntington said. 

She said the money raised helps keep the Ronald McDonald House operating.

"We have expenses just like any other home would," Huntington said. "Electricity, utilities, all those types of things and so it really helps out in just keeping the doors open." 

She said the Ronald McDonald House is a place families can go when their children are sick and are receiving care in a facility in Columbia, they can go to the house and have a place to stay and eat. She said it also offers a good support network.