The Dolans were not the only 2011 finalists in Patch's Deck the House contest looking to take home the grand prize in 2012.
After placing second in the nationwide voting in the 2011 contest, Joseph Felix's home in Dallas, GA, received nearly 11,000 votes this year to finally win Deck the House. The Felix home outshined the other 24 finalists to win $100,000 for the Paulding County, GA school district.
The home, with 100,000 computer animated holiday lights choreographed to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," received about 300 more votes than a home in Coventry, R.I., which finished in second place. St. Louis residents also rallied hard for the Dolans, who took out a second electricity service so they could run the singing Santa and the washing machine at the same time.
Judging by the 80 comments on the Felixes' Deck the House submission, visiting the home has become a holiday tradition in Dallas, a suburb about 45 minutes outside Atlanta. Many people said they bring their children every year and that the Felixes’ hard work putting together their holiday lights display was worthy of national recognition.
The Felixes' holiday lights aren't just for show. According to their website, Joseph and his wife, Jenny, began using their holiday lights display in 2006 to raise money for Relay for Life, a national cancer charity, collecting $12,000 from 2006-2010. With their Deck the House win, the Felixes now have raised even more money for a worthwhile cause—$100,000 for their local schools.
Patch will present the Felixes with their $100,000 prize check during a local presentation in early 2013.
Big congrats to the Felix family for winning our 2012 Deck the House contest! Let's hope that the third time's the charm for the Dolans in 2013!