Feeling a bit teary-eyed after watching the giveaway show? Not sure about you, but I adore Myra Lewis! What an inspirational story. Here are a few fast facts:
Education and Career:
-Myra serves as the Assistant Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, where she develops training programs (life skills, technical and environmental) that target the unemployed and under-educated.
-Myra earned an M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida Gainesville in 1996. She earned her doctorate in counselor education from the University of New Orleans in 2001, specializing in multicultural issues.
-Myra earned a B.S. in science education from Xavier University in 1967, and an M.Ed. from Texas Southern University and the University of Liberia while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher and Volunteer Leader in Liberia, West Africa, from 1972 through 1975.
-Myra’s home in the Gentilly district of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. She and her now-25-year-old son, Chris, lived in both Houston and Baton Rouge before returning to New Orleans to live in the Algiers district, one block away from the river. She renovated her original home, which now serves as a rental property.
-Myra’s highly functioning autistic son, Chris, a gifted visual artist, is pursuing an associate degree in fine arts. When she learned of HGTV Dream Home’s proximity to Santa Fe, she dreamed of an early retirement in an area where her son might flourish. See Chris’ Artwork
-Myra has entered the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway for the past several years. This year, she and her sister Deidre Marion Charlot (who lives across the street from Myra) reminded each other to enter every day. Watch Exclusive Giveaway Video
-Myra has traveled to New Mexico twice and says she was “enthralled” by Santa Fe.
-Myra loves this year’s HGTV Dream Home, especially the courtyard, rock columns, tile work and casita (she plans to host many visitors).
-Myra’s family was planning a family reunion in Louisiana. The party location most definitely will change.
The Housewarming Gifts Myra Will Receive:
-All-Clad Essentials Baking Set
-Inside-Out Champagne Glasses
-Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook
-Mario Batali Orange Pepper Mill
-Cuisinart 17-pc. Classic Stainless Cookware Set
-Bobby Flay Mesa Grill Seasoning Set
-Talking Remote Meat Thermometer
-Handprint Canvas Kit
-Italian Herb Garden
-Cuisinart Elite Die Cast 14-c. Food Processor
-Countertop Home Theater Popcorn Machine
-5-Day Wireless Forecaster