Near & Far Aid will hold its 2011 Designer House Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, offering an inside look at five homes in the Fairfield and Westport.

The homes are selected on the basis of décor, architecture and geography. Some of the homes are large, others are more traditional.

Proceeds from the House Tour and all Near & Far Aid fundraising events support grants to more than 100 agencies fighting poverty in Fairfield County. Tickets for the House Tour cost $60 in advance, $75 day of tour.

A pre-tour "Designer Power Breakfast" will also be held from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. at the Patterson Club, 118 Cross Highway, featuring a presentation, "Lessons in Glamour" by designer Jamie Drake. Tickets cost $65.

Near & Far Aid will end the day with a "Toast the Tour" celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. at a waterfront estate on Long Island Sound. Tickets cost $100 for "Friends," $150 for "Supporters"and $200 for "Leaders."

Near & Far Aid is a Fairfield-based volunteer organization whose mission is to feed, clothe, shelter and educate those in need in Fairfield County.

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