Anticipation reached new heights at the drawing for HomeAid Houston’s 15th annual Project Playhouse on August 20 at the start of the Astros vs. the Mariners game at Minute Maid Park. Ticket purchasers were eager to learn who would win the Union Station Playhouse engineered and built by Legend Homes. Legend Homes’ Kevin Morse, product manager drew the winning ticket. He was joined by Legend Homes’ Tanya Rizzo, COO; HomeAid Executive Director Carole Brady; HomeAid Director of Development, Kirsten Robbins and HomeAid Operations and Event Coordinator Emilee Proctor.
The Project Playhouse “Union Station” design was inspired by Minute Maid Park’s iconic Union Station that is reminiscent of the charm and classic look of an actual train station. The “Union Station” Playhouse features several first-class amenities, such as air conditioning, a television, a window seat, toy storage, a play table, a rock-climbing wall, and a rooftop deck with a telescope.
“Legend Homes is excited to be a part of this amazing cause,” said Tanya Rizzo prior to the drawing. “We knew from day one that this playhouse would bring joy to a lucky family, and that the money raised will bring joy to so many more.”
The winning ticket holder was Jacob Kelly from Houston, Texas who was called immediately and told the news. “I was so surprised and thrilled when I heard we had won,” said Jacob. “Through this fundraiser, HomeAid will be able to do so much to help those facing homelessness. We are excited to be a part of such a big event!”
The Jacob family ultimately decided to accept Union Station Playhouse but also have committed as a family, to “play it forward”, meaning that although they will be accepting the playhouse, they are planning to pay the notion forward by donating it in the future to a non-profit agency that HomeAid currently has a working relationship with. Long term the structure will eventually land at SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures.
SEARCH’s House of Tiny Treasures is Houston’s first nationally accredited early childhood development center dedicated to serving homeless children and families. Their mission is to provide comprehensive early care, education, and therapeutic services to assist homeless children and families in building stable, functional lives.
Since 2003, HomeAid has completed 77 projects, adding or impacting over 1800 beds, that translates into over 1.3 million nights of sleep and a valued added in housing and improvements of over $16 million. For more information on HomeAid Houston, visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.”