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SUNRIVER, OR (October 13, 2008)-Gingerbread house developers from Central Oregon are readying their designs and stocking up on the makings for the perfect gingerbread, frosting, and sprinkles! 2008 marks the 13th Anniversary of Gingerbread Junction, a gingerbread house making competition that benefits a local children's charity. On display beginning November 28, 2008 at Sunriver Resort, the collage of edible homes constructed by local school children, individuals, and businesses throughout Central Oregon make up a beautiful village of icing, gumdrops, and candy canes.
"Gingerbread Junction brings out the child in all of us, while helping children in our community," says Sunriver Resort's Managing Director, Thomas O'Shea. "We are thrilled to continue to host this great event as part of our holiday program, Traditions, and we can't wait to see the amazing gingerbread houses created by our neighbors."
These extravagantly edible homes benefit a local children's charity each year. This year's beneficiary is SMART (Start Making A Reader Today), an organization that partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Money for this cause is generated when gingerbread house lots of varying sizes, depending on the dimension of each masterpiece, are purchased for $15, $25, and $50 respectively.  Sunriver Resort matches all proceeds raised from the sale of the lots. 

Gingerbread Junction invites everyone to participate in one of the following five entrant categories:

  • Adult Individual
  • Business
  • Elementary School (K-5)
  • Middle/High School (6-12)
  • Child Individual

Prizes are awarded in an array of categories.
There are also three "lot choice" options for purchase:

  • Small (1'x 1') for $15
  • Medium (1' x 1 ½') for $25
  • Large (2' x 3') for $50

People wishing to make a contribution without building their own houses can sponsor a lot for $15, $25, or $50.
Entry forms are available at Sunriver Realty (Bend and Sunriver offices), Sunriver Resort, and online via the event's website at
Entry forms, with payment, should be mailed by November 17, 2008 to:
Gingerbread Junction
c/o Specialized Meetings and Events
PO Box 1602
Bend, OR 97709

Completed gingerbread houses need to be delivered between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23rd or Monday, November 24th to either Sunriver Realty's Bend office (50 SW Bond St., Suite 1) or to Sunriver Lodge at Sunriver Resort.

All the gingerbread houses will be on display at Sunriver Resort's Main Lodge as part of the resort's popular holiday program, Traditions, from November 28-December 28, 2008. Visitors and guests of Sunriver Resort are encouraged to bring the entire family out to wander through the charming gingerbread house village.

For information about Gingerbread Junction, please call 514.593.4609 or by visit

SMART partners with hundreds of schools statewide to deliver proven literacy support to K-3 children. Participating children also receive new books each month to keep and read with their families. Our vision is an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed.  Learn more about SMART by visiting our website at or call 877-598-4633.

Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property located in Central Oregon, features nearly 250 guestrooms and more than 400 vacation rental properties comprised of private homes and condominiums. Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor enthusiast's dream with 63 holes of championship golf-including the resort's newest community, Caldera Springs with a new 9- hole executive course-28 tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike paths, three swimming complexes, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Plus, there's the resort's Sage Springs Club & Spa, first-class programs for youths and teens, a nearby shopping village and nature center.

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company's portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 12 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

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