Contact: Megan D’Angelo Barone
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 664-8423

Beautiful Historic Homes-In Your Backyard

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WCA Foundation Fund Committee joins Mary Rapaport in her Greenhurst home showcasing some of the art pieces in her collection.Pictured Sitting L to R Melanie Gritters, WCA Foundation Fund Committee Member, Mary Rapaport, owner of “Greenhurst Castle”, Standing L to R Brigetta Overcash, Executive Director WCA Foundation, Melissa Uber, WCA Foundation Fund Committee Member, Wendy Kane, WCA Foundation Fund Committee Member, Megan D’Angelo Barone, WCA Director of Development, and Marissa Troxell, WCA Foundation Fund Committee Member.

Jamestown, NY (Tuesday, June 14, 2016)—Home is where the heart is. And, home is right here in Chautauqua County for a lot of various people throughout the years. From Lucille Ball to Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson who called Jamestown NY their home, we are honored to have such a presence here. It takes a dedicated individual to open up a home to the community. And, for Bill and Mary Rapaport, they were enthusiastic about opening their homes to share their love for Lucille Ball, Chautauqua Lake, and local businesses.

“I had a dream and this is what we made of it,” Mary Rapaport said of her self-proclaimed castle in Greenhurst. The home and carriage house she and her husband, Bill, built on Chautauqua Lake in Greenhurst is 10,000+ square feet of the WCA Foundation Home Tour presented by Century 21 Turner Brokers and Univera Healthcare.

Jamestown’s housing treasures - past and present - are the focus of this Saturday’s four-stop tour which stretches from Lucille Ball’s childhood home in Celoron through Jamestown and on to Greenhurst. Each venue has historic value and offers tours of community homes that we pass frequently but may never have seen the less public areas that will be opened to tour visitors.
The WCA Foundation Fund Committee was able to get a preview tour of a few of the homes that will be on tour Saturday. From the Sheldon House and it’s historic preserved beauty to the Marvin House which continues to embrace the embarkment of woman’s rights, these are the homes that were left to the community to serve as a reminder of “where it all began”.

Home Tour hours are 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., June 18. Tickets for the event, which supports grants to WCA Hospital, are $20. Pre-sale tickets are available the WCA Hospital Gift Shop or at On Saturday they will be available at any of the homes on the tour. Patrons may go to one or all of the venues on the tour in whichever order they choose. For more information, contact Brigetta Overcash, executive director of WCA Foundation, 716-664-5461, or Megan D’Angelo Barone, WCA director of development, 716-664-8423,

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