Orange resident Serafina DiVello won first place in the Open Division in the annual Gingerbread House Competition directed by Chef Charles Duit of Lamar University and Calder Woods; hosted by the McFaddin-Ward House, with a silent auction benefitting Buckner Children and Family Services. The no-entry-fee competition was judged Tuesday, Dec. 1 and her winning gingerbread house is on display at the museum’s visitor center until the silent auction ends on Sunday, Dec. 6.

DiVello titled her creation “Are you in Good Hands?” and depicts Santa Clause tripping on a rooftop chimney stack. His reindeer are charmingly arranged to show their concern for his safety. The title is a reference to an insurance company’s tagline. The creation took her hours to complete and is winning many raves from visitors viewing the thirty-one gingerbread entries.

The gingerbread houses were judged by:
• Elaine Wikstrom, The Beaumont Enterprise
• Michael McEachern, Renaissance Hospital CEO
• Ann Clary Old, Buckner Auxiliary President and son, James Old
They rated the Gingerbread creations on: degree of difficulty, work involved, artistic achievement, originality, and total appearance.

The rules for the no-entry-fee competition state the houses had to be original designs and must be made of 100% edible food items, except for candy wrappers and the baseboard for the display. Wrappers may be left on the candy.

Prize monies were sponsored by the Golden Triangle Chapter of the Texas Chefs Association, of which Chef Charles Duit is the State President. The McFaddin-Ward House served as location host for the fourth year.

Another reason to view scrumptious entries and bid for one of the houses: 100% of the silent auction proceeds go to Buckner to serve area at-risk children.

HOURS TO SEE THE GINGERBREAD HOUSES at the McFaddin-Ward House visitor center, 1906 Calder Avenue at Third Street:
Fri, Sat, Dec 3-5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 6, 1-3:30 p.m. the last day to bid on the houses.
For more information call 409-832-2134