Boutte man wins $650,000 Lakeview home

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — One River Parishes man can step into a beautiful, new home because of his contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Dennis Mitchell of Boutte was announced the winner Sunday evening of the New Orleans St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway.

As he does every year, Mitchell made a $100 contributions to the cause, which raises money for the hospital, and was entered to win a new house.

He won, and the prize is a single-family home located in Lakeview estimated at $650,000 built by Hyman L. Bartolo Jr. Contractors Inc. The home is approximately 3,200 square feet and includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a luxurious outdoor courtyard and a custom, freestanding spiral staircase.

“We’re excited for the winner, Dennis Mitchell, and pleased that this program has and always will be a win-win for everyone involved,” said Jim Barkate, local campaign chairperson for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. “Fundraisers like this one allow St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to continue striving to find the answers to save every child with pediatric cancer or other life-threatening diseases through its lifesaving research.”

For the past 25 years, St. Jude has given away more than 370 houses and raised more than $300 million through the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign, the largest single-event fundraiser for the hospital.

Organizers said it is because of programs like this that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live.

The construction of a home would not be possible, organizers said, without the support of the community and loyal sponsors, including FOX 8, Hyman L. Bartolo Jr. Contractors Inc., 101.1 WNOE, Dream Day Foundation, New Orleans Marriott, HBA of Greater New Orleans, Royal Honda and national sponsors, Brizo, Shaw Floors and Trane.

Those who reserved a ticket to win the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway or attended the open house could enter to win additional prizes. For a complete list of winners and prizes, call 1-800-327-2559 or visit

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.