MySweetCharity Summer Pitch: 2017 Parade Of Playhouses

According to Dallas CASA Board Chair John Gibson,

John Gibson*

Looking for a cool way to run off some of your children’s energy while also helping a good cause? Grab your kids and head to Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses July 7 through 23 at NorthPark Center.

With 14 perfectly pint-sized playhouses decorating the halls of NorthPark, Parade of Playhouses is the perfect way to let your kids’ imaginations go wild while also learning about children in our community who need help.

For 22 years, NorthPark Center has played host to the playhouses, which are donated by local builders, designers and corporations and available to win through raffle at the end of the 17-day event. What child doesn’t want to imagine his or her own miniature house? This year’s designs include a house in the image of an owl, an activity house with a climbing wall and even a house shaped like a cuckoo clock. House designers and builders pour skill, creativity and love into these unusual creations.

The event benefits Dallas CASA, a nonprofit that provides volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children navigating the child welfare system. Walking the corridors and viewing the playhouses is a great way to start a conversation with your own kids about those in our community who are less fortunate. Children in the child welfare system don’t dare dream of a playhouse with all the bells and whistles. They dream of safe and permanent homes where they are loved.

2017 Parade of Playhouses*

Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses is open until Sunday, July 23, during NorthPark’s hours. Viewing the playhouses is free and raffle tickets to win a playhouses are available for $5 each or five for $20.

All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales help Dallas CASA provide more children with advocates to serve them. For Dallas CASA, Parade of Playhouses has also become a key recruiting and community awareness event. Tables throughout NorthPark are staffed with volunteer advocates and other supporters who can tell you about becoming a volunteer advocate for abused children.

In fact, Parade of Playhouses might be the beginning of something for you to do after summer, too. A training class for volunteer advocates begins Sept. 6, right after the kids go back to school. The first step to becoming a volunteer advocate is attending an information session.

Maybe it’s your turn to dream not about a tiny house but about helping make the world a better place one child at a time.

* Graphic and photo provided by Dallas CASA

22nd Annual Parade Of Playhouses Is Polished Up And Rocking At NorthPark Center For Dallas CASA

Craig Beneke

It was just a couple of weeks ago in June that af architecture and fabrication’s Craig Beneke got a shout out from one of his 21-year-old twin daughters. It wasn’t for a new car. It wasn’t for a loan. It was for a house. No, not a 2,000-square-foot bungalow in the M Street hood. It was for a playhouse. She wasn’t reverting back to her childhood. Rather, she was hoping that her dad could provide a playhouse for Dallas CASA’s 22nd Annual Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark.

It seems one of the originally signed-up builders had bailed, and there was a need to fill a spot for the annual Dallas CASA fundraiser that would run from Saturday, July 8 through Sunday, July 23.

Playhouse Rock cowbell on a construction work belt

Playhouse Rock sound tubes

Playhouse Rock floor

Not only did Papa Craig answer the call-to-deliver, but he literally hit the nail on the head.  His Playhouse Rock was a musical marvel that would please anyone from Jaap to Jay-Z with a mini-xylophone built into the floor complete with mallets for playing and an assortment of others goodies — rain stick, triangle, sound tubes, etc. There were personal touches, too. For instance, the front door’s cowbell is suspended by his construction work belt.

But being a perfectionist, Craig was eyeballing the hand prints left from the move-in on Thursday, July 6. He was going to do some touch-up, so his Playhouse Rock would be perfect.

Whimsical Cottage

A few playhouses away, Doug Beaty of Beach Sheet Metal was sharing Craig’s dilemma about prints. It seems that the Whimsical Cottage’s copper roof was a fingerprint magnet. Last year, he arrived daily to polish the roof, so it was spotless. He expected to do the same this year. When someone offered to post a sign dissuading people from touching, he scoffed at the idea. He relished the idea that little ones and their parents couldn’t resist touching the shiny roof.   

Cuckoohaus

Paw Rescue

The White Owl’s Den

But those are just two of the 11 playhouses on display. Some have rock walls; some are so cozy; some have interior lighting; some are open and breezy. But they all will be raffled off at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, in NorthPark’s North Court to support Dallas CASA’s mission “to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, helping these children gain safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.” If you’re unable to check out the houses, you can still buy your raffle ticket here. They’re going for $5 each or five for $20.

Also, the builders are all vying to claim the title of “Favorite Playhouse.” You can vote by texting dallascasa to 41444. BTW, each vote costs $5.

Check out the Parade of Playhouses at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 22nd Annual Parade Of Playhouses

Playhouse Rock

The White Owl’s Den

The 22nd Annual Parade of Playhouses started its march this past weekend through NorthPark Center to fund Dallas CASA, come rain or shine. One of the adorable mini-mansions didn’t even exist until a couple of weeks ago, and it came about thanks to a daughter’s call to a dad. And, boy, did pop come through!

Paw Rescue

Whimsical Cottage

Before heading over to NorthPark to see them up close and personally to examine the detail and craftmanship, check out the 11 houses at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. But you’d better hustle, because they’ll be raffled off on Sunday, July 23.

Cowbell on a construction work belt

Cottage light

In the meantime, the post about the dad is being finalized. Stay tuned.

Dallas CASA’s 21st Annual Parade Of Playhouses’ Closing Party At Pirch Had Loads Of Perks, Peeps And Pampering

While it seemed like most folks had abandoned North Texas for their “suburb” haunts in Colorado on Thursday, July 28, ’twas not so.

Jana Brosin, Kathryn Knight and Summer Knight

Jana Brosin, Kathryn Knight and Summer Knight

More than 160 and less than a gazillion folks like Kathryn Knight and her daughter Summer Knight, Juliette Coulter and Regina Bruce filled the parking lot outside of NorthPark’s Pirch for the closing party of the 21st Parade of Playhouses benefiting Dallas CASA, despite the fact that the “parade” wouldn’t really be a done deal until Sunday, July 31.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

Soak tub

Soak tub

From the Cadillac Escalade parked out front to the soak tub just inside the doorway, the scene was set for luxury. If anyone had thought their own fabuloso palazzo was heaven, they were having second thoughts with the tiles, soaking tubs, pizza ovens and other “to-die-for” perks filling Pirch. Around each corner was something that was so pamper-oriented, it made going home to the same-old steam shower seem regretful.

Jim and Angela Thompson

Jim and Angela Thompson

But the night was to celebrate the playhouses and rightly so. Longtime PoP loyalists/sponsors/Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson along with Paula and Scott Orr and Crest Cadillac/Crest Infiniti’s Jana and Mike Brosin were more than pleased to learn that playhouse raffle tickets and text voting were ahead of last year… and last year’s was a gangbuster. Little did organizers know that a total of 15,546 raffle tickets would be the final count!

Mike Brosin, Kathleen LaValle, Paula and Scott Orr

Mike Brosin, Kathleen LaValle, Paula and Scott Orr

Sanctuary wine

Sanctuary wine

Still another fund generator was “Sanctuary,” where for the $25 purchase of a rubber duck, guests could claim a donated bottle of wine that cost a heck of a lot more than $25.

Dallas CASA’s Parade Of Playhouses Celebrated A Successful 20th Anniversary At NorthPark’s Pirch

Hannah and Greg May and Kathleen LaValle

Hannah and Greg May and Kathleen LaValle

Dallas CASA Executive Director Kathleen LaValle and her team had been worried. Because NorthPark was preparing for its August kick-off of its 50th anniversary, the NP management team had asked CASA if they would move their 20th Annual Parade of Playhouses to July instead of the traditional August.

The CASA crew shored up with the builders and made it happen. The question was whether there would be traffic and interest in selling raffle tickets. From the smile on Kathleen’s face at the Wednesday, July 22, party at Pirch, there was no question about the outcome.

The playhouses were OMG better than ever. The July foot traffic was amazing and resulted in more house shopping than ever and raffle chances had the Northwood Women’s Club selling them like Garth tickets.

Luis Bartolomei and Reese Threadgill

Luis Bartolomei and Reese Threadgill

Making pizza

Making pizza

Just trying to get to the party was a major accomplishment with the NP parking lot jammed as if it were the week before Christmas. But the 300+ builders and CASA friends like Dallas CASA Board Chair Greg May with wife Hannah May, Jana and Mike Brosin and Reese Threadgill with Luis Bartolomei persisted and made it to the luxury home retailer where pizzas were being made and food stations were set up. It was a wonder that no one tried out one of the BainUltra tubs.

The occasion was also to mark the closing phase of the group’s capital campaign. According to Capital Campaign Chair Jim Lozier, the target had been $37M with the intent to “take care of 100% of kids in foster care over five to 10 years.” At this time they’re only able to handle 30-40% of the kids. By having such a forward-thinking campaign, “we’ll be right there” if the number of kids needing services goes up in the next five to six years, Jim added.

Jim Lozier, Christie Carter and Jana and Mike Brosin

Jim Lozier, Christie Carter and Jana and Mike Brosin

Another goal was to expand CASA’s presence, Jim said: “We’re known in town, but not really known in town.”

Once the campaign was announced, the money started rolling in. They got a couple of very big gifts early and, since then, they’ve ranged from $500 to $500,000. Jim added that the Rees-Jones Foundation gave very generously and still another anonymous donor provided great assistance.

Capital Campaign Vice-Chair Christie Carter reported that they were less than $1.5M from meeting their goal.

As for the raffle, Kathleen reported they were 20% ahead of schedule as of the night, and they were on schedule to break all previous records.

Dallas CASA Holds Housewarming Party For Parade Of Playhouse Partners And Pals

Just the day before, NorthPark Center had a brief power outage. But on Sunday, July 12, there was no lack of power or people. The only thing that was lacking was a parking space at 5 p.m. when 100 of the Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses partners and friends officially kicked off the annual fundraiser with a “Housewarming” at Green House Market with Chef Ben Hutchison cooking away.

Christie Carter, Adam Warner and Cindy Warner

Christie Carter, Adam Warner and Cindy Warner

Dallas CASA Board Member/Capital Campaign Vice-Chair Christie Carter admitted that the past year had been an odd mix. The good news was that thanks to educational programs, educators were better prepared to recognize and report cases of child abuse. The results have been a 9% increase in cases reported.

But that increase meant greater funds were needed to provide advocacy for the under-age victims.

When asked about the status of the Dallas CASA capital campaign to raise $37M within two years, Christie reported that they were less than $2M away.

Jim and Angela Thompson

Jim and Angela Thompson

In making remarks to the crowd including Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson, Event Co-Chairs Fran and Mark Berg, Suzanne Bryan, Julies Slim, Michael Turner, Tyler Murph,  Matthias Stein with kiddos Hermann and Mathilda and Dallas CASA Board Chair Greg May, Dallas CASA Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle gave special thanks to the Northwood Women’s Club who staff the raffle ticket tables throughout the center.

Matthias Stein

Matthias Stein

Mathilda

Mathilda

Greg May

Greg May

Kathleen LaValle

Kathleen LaValle

Still another organization that was acknowledged was Glazer’s, which tackles the monumental task of delivering the houses unscratched.

She then recognized the builders who had created the 16 playhouses displayed from Dillards to Macy’s to Nordstroms.

Ironically, one of this year’s playhouse builders was OmniPlan, which had also built NorthPark.

One guest reviewed the mini-mansions saying, “I don’t want to belittle others, but I think these playhouses are the best yet. Just outstanding!”

Kathleen also notified guests that if they wanted to vote for their favorite playhouse, they could do it online without purchasing a raffle ticket.

Want more pictures? Then check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Dallas CASA Housewarming Party

While Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses was unveiled Thursday, July 9, at NorthPark, the official kick-off party was held the following Sunday, July 12, at Green House Market with 100 builders, sponsors and buddies.

Tyler Murph

Tyler Murph

Lynn Brooks and Jeff Kindig

Lynn Brooks and Jeff Kindig

Bo London

Bo London

Ben Hutchison

Ben Hutchison

The post is being prepped. So, check out the photos over on MySweetCharity Photo Gallery now.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2015 Parade Of Playhouses

If you haven’t made it by NorthPark to check out Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, you’d better Uber on over because the clock is ticking. The wee mansions are raffled off Sunday, July 26, at 4 p.m. in the North Court.

Mini Luxury

Mini Luxury

The Lookout SpawGlass

The Lookout SpawGlass

What’s that? You’re on a cruise in the South Pacific and won’t be back in time? No problem. Check out the entire lineup of playhouses at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery, pick your fav and buy a raffle ticket or two or three or a dozen here.

Bunny Slope Lodge

Bunny Slope Lodge

Frozen Castle

Frozen Castle

You don’t have to be present to win, but you’ll miss all your friends boo-hooing knowing that their names weren’t called.

BTW, the raffle is not limited to those who have munchkins. Consider buying a raffle ticket and, if you win, donate it to one of the area’s incredible facilities that provide shelter for families in need. Years ago a playhouse winner donated their house to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Today the little playhouse continues to provide happiness for the kids today.

Dallas CASA’s 20th Annual Parade Of Playhouses Headed To NorthPark Center A Month Early

The 20th annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses will not take place in August at NorthPark Center.

Ah, don’t worry. It’s still gonna happen, only it will be in July this year. The 16 adorable children’s playhouses will be on display starting Friday, July 10, with the raffle drawing on Sunday, July 26, at Pirch for “new big homes with yards for the wee homes.”

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

2014 Dallas CASA Playhouse (File photo)

Jim and Angela Thompson (File photo)

Jim and Angela Thompson (File photo)

Bob Borson (File photo)

Bob Borson (File photo)

Event Co-Chairs Fran and Mark Berg have arranged to have longtime Dallas CASA supporters Angela and Jim Thompson serve as honorary co-chairs with area builders (Austin Commercial with Tyler Murph and Life of an Architect, Beck with Integrated Interiors Inc., Buford Hawthorne with Bob Borson, Butscher Construction, Classic Urban Homes, Coats Homes with Jerry Coleman, Creekview Custom Homes with parmadesign, CRThurman Homes with PBD Inc., HARMAN, Kinetic Ingenuity, LRO Residential, OMNIPLAN with DNG Construction, parmadesign with Creekview Custom Homes, Perk Homes with Andres Moreno and Life of an Architect, REDLEE/SCS Inc. with Susann Stein and Life of an Architect and SpawGlass with BOCA Powell Architects) providing the playhouses.

And what a group of playhouses are going to be lining up — an urban playhouse with a loft, a frozen castle replica, a movie theater, a ski lodge, a modern playhouse with a climbing wall, a reading room with a window seat, an elephant-shaped playhouse and a beach-themed house, as well as many more.

Kathleen LaValle (File photo)

Kathleen LaValle (File photo)

Thanks to the success of the fundraiser, monies will help to “recruit and train CASA volunteers advocates for children in our community.”

According to Dallas CASA Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle, “Some children dream of having their very own fantasy playhouses, but abused children dream of having safe and stable homes. We want all children to have loving and permanent homes. Sadly, almost half of abused children in protective care in Dallas County do not have CASA volunteer advocates. We look forward to the day when we have enough volunteers for each child to have an advocate.”

The raffle tickets will be a bargain at $5 per or $20 for five tickets and can be purchased at NorthPark or online.

Dallas CASA’s Parade Of Playhouses Heads To Homes Sweet Homes

Alas, the Dallas CASA’s adorable playhouses are no longer lining the ground level of NorthPark. Ah, but the good news is they’re happily settling into forever backyards for youngsters. For the Sunday, August 17th raffle drawing, Parade of Playhouses Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson were front and center.

Here is a feel-good field report about one of the lucky winners:

Angela and Jim Thompson and winners friend and winner*

Angela and Jim Thompson and winner’s friend and winner*

“A father with his daughter and her friend were just ‘killing time’ before a movie Sunday afternoon and were enjoying looking at the playhouses. He felt Dallas CASA was such a good cause he bought the girls a stack of raffle tickets. So the girls picked their favorites and were present for the drawing, then won the Lantern House by Bob Borson! They were all very surprised and excited – made it fun for us to have a winner present.”

Bob Borson (File photo)

Bob Borson (File photo)

The lesson learned: it just takes one raffle ticket to win the prize and to support a great nonprofit!

* Photo provided 
by Dallas CASA

Dallas CASA’s Parade Of Playhouses Patron Party Celebrates With Teddy Bears, Adorable Kids And Mini-Mansions

As NorthPark stores were closing on Sunday, August 2, and the clean-up crew at Legos was mopping up, Build-A-Bear Workshop was just starting to party with guests of all ages.

More than 100 longtime Dallas CASA supporters proudly celebrated the launch of 19th Annual Parade of Playhouses presented by ORIX that is on display until Sunday, August 17. At the end of the run, a raffle will be held to find homes for the playhouses. The only ones missing seemed to be Honorary Co-Chairs Angela and Jim Thompson, who were out of town. But never fear. They will be at the drawing.

Dunia Borge and Kathleen LaValle

Dunia Borge and Kathleen LaValle

And while the Playhouse patrons may have enjoyed adult beverages and camaraderie, it was really a kids-for-all ages occasion. Dunia Borgia in her white chef’s jacket and hair pulled back doled out fresh pistachio ice cream with caramelized pistachios. Teddy bears were being brought to life with stuffing and fluffing as their new families watched in awe. Some even were lucky enough to get new ensembles as they were bundled in teddy bear carriers or stuffed in strollers.

Cole Parrish and Trevor Parrish

Cole Parrish and Trevor Parrish

Big brother Trevor Parrish was helping little brother Cole Parrish to pick out a bear. After all it was Cole’s birthday. . . When asked if Garrett Browning was going to get a bear, Mom Elizabeth Browning laughed, “Of course!”. . . Even big girls like Megan Redfern got a stuffed buddy. Hugging her new BFF, she was asked if she had named the bear? Without hesitation, she said, “Pop. for Parade of Playhouses.”

Linda Schwartz and Ron Flanary

Linda Swartz and Ron Flanary

Receiving thank you’s was Ron Flanary of Glazer’s. Not only did Glazer’s provide the wine, Ron had been responsible for the gratis delivery of the playhouses.

Payton Fancher, Dan Fancher, Stone Fancher, Andi Fancher, Grant Fancher and Bob Borson

Payton Fancher, Dan Fancher, Stone Fancher, Andi Fancher, Grant Fancher and Bob Borson

Another group being congratulated were the builders and designers of the mini-mansions including AMX Corporation with Southwest Displays, Austin Commercial with Life of an Architect, Backyard Mansions, Bob Borson with Buford Hawthorne, Butscher Construction Co., LRO Residential, Erin Nicole Parisi of The ArtMongers, parmadesign, Texas A&M University College of Architecture and Tri-Tex Construction with Life of an Architect.

CASA’s new Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle reported, “Our goal is to expand our services. We want to double the number of children served by 2016, and serve all abused/neglected children in our area by 2019.” At this time Dallas CASA has 700 volunteers, but they need more. They also have a $37M fundraising campaign underway with the additional goal of raising awareness of Dallas CASA.

Playhouse

Playhouse

Kathleen also explained that the Parade of Playhouses is a great opportunity to raise that awareness. It seems that when people buy a raffle ticket, they say, “What is Dallas CASA?”

Playhouse

Playhouse

This year they added Dallas CASA aprons for raffle-ticket sellers. Next year they’re looking forward to retaining a “text” service so people can vote for their favorite playhouse by text and donate at the same time.

Kevin Parma and Seth Parma

Kevin Parma and Seth Parma

Over to the side, Seth Parma displayed the true goal of CASA — a child loving and being loved thanks to a caring adult. In this case it was his dad, Kevin Parma, who had built one of the playhouses. Thanks to people like Kevin and his wife Sherry, children who are not as fortunate as Seth and his sister Lorelai have Dallas CASA in their lives.

Playhouse

Playhouse

With the weekend’s temperature hitting the three-digit mark, it’s a perfect time to check out the playhouses in the air-conditioned surroundings of NorthPark and/or to buy a raffle ticket ($5 each, or 5 for $20). The drawing is Sunday, August 17, at 4 p.m. in NorthPark’s NorthCourt (first floor entrance near AMC). According to Dallas CASA Chief Development Officer Cynthia Calabrese, 75% of the money raised from the Parade comes from the sale of the raffle tickets.

For more photos from the patron party, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

19th Annual Parade Of Playhouses Commences Friday At NorthPark

With August temps testing outdoor venues, the indoor 19th annual Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark is ripe for checking out. Starting this Friday, the 19th annual Dallas CASA fundraiser presented by the ORIX Foundation will have 11 custom-made children’s playhouses parading in place until Sunday, August 17.

Past Parade of Playhouses (File photo)

Past Parade of Playhouses (File photo)

This year’s lineup includes “a pint-sized hollow tree house with a roof-top deck, perfect for backyard adventures; a rustic, charming Texas Hill Country cabin; a hook-and-ladder firehouse with a special spot for Sparky, the firehouse dog; and an adorable playhouse modeled after the Victorian cottage in the movie UP, reading for high-flying excitement.”

While the viewing is free, the fundraising is achieved through sponsorships and a raffle of the mini-homes. Tickets at $5 per or five for $20. You can get them at the ticket table at NorthPark or online.

According to brand new Dallas CARA Executive Director/President Kathleen LaValle, “Parade of Playhouses is a reminder that all children deserve to be protected and loved. Funds are raised through event sponsorships and raffle ticket sales. Visitors have the opportunity to win dream playhouses so that abused children can have the safe homes they dream of.”

This year’s sponsors include:

  • Jim and Angela Thompson (File photo)

    Jim and Angela Thompson (File photo)

    Honorary Co-Chairs: Jim and Angela Thompson Foundation

  • Presenting Sponsor: ORIX Foundation
  • Castle Sponsors: NorthPark Center and Sewell
  • Mansion Sponsors: CEC Electrical Inc.; Kappa Alpha Theta – Dallas Alumnae Chapter; Methodist Dallas Medical Center; and Ricoh USA
  • Chateau Sponsors: Bob Borson with Buford Homes and Glazer’s
  • Villa Sponsors: Guardian Exteriors; People Newspapers; and TDIndustries

Playhouse builders who also deserve a pat on the back include: AMX Corporation with Southwest Displays; Austin Commercial with Life of an Architect; Backyard Mansions; Bob Borson with Buford Hawthorne; Butscher Construction Co.; LRO Residential; Erin Nicole Parisi of The ArtMongers; Parma Design; Texas A&M University College of Architecture; Tri-Tex Construction with Life of an Architect.

NorthPark Center Was The Place To Be Sunday For Tax-Free Weekend Wind Down And CASA Parade Of Playhouses’ Closing

Tax-Free Weekend was still going in high octane Sunday night at NorthPark. The lineup of cars made the opening day of the area’s first In n’ Out look downright puny. And once you got into the parking lot, there was nothing but a sea of parked cars and none were budging.

That was great news for retailers and the lucky shoppers who arrived earlier in the day. But, alas, not for the poor souls who thought they could just pop over to NP for the closing festivities of the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses presented by the ORIX Foundation.  

Was it an accidental perfect storm having Tax-Free Weekend and CASA closing? Nope. According to CASA’s Katy Seitzler, “We schedule the final weekend for tax-free on purpose since we know a ton of people will be at the mall.”

Unlike last year, when the traffic jam wasn’t as overwhelming, NP was, as Katy put it, “slammed.”

Angela Thompson and ticket drawer

Ah, but that slamming didn’t prevent the raffle drawings for the adorable playhouses. Jim and Angela Thompson Foundation’s co-founder Angela Thompson had munchkins draw raffle tickets from the bins.

Oh, did you notice the gal seated in the background between Angela and the youngster in the above photo?

Sewell Classic Showroom

That’s Elizabeth Daane, who is ORIX USA General Counsel and head of the ORIX Foundation. This amazing woman, who suffered a lifechanging accident in 2010, hasn’t let her dedication to CASA and children’s organizations change one iota. Sunday she  brought her husband Mike and two sons to check out the winning tickets.

Among those winners were Patrick Phelan and Bryan Martin, who took home the Sewell “Classic Showroom.” No car was included, darn it.

Maritime Lighthouse

And who won the auction of the Maritime Lighthouse? That’s still a mystery. Seems Heritage Auction was coordinating that part of the activities and at post time was still trying to confirm the auction winner.

Photos provided by Dallas CASA

Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses Presented By ORIX Is Warming Up For Launch At NorthPark On Friday, August 3

ORIX Parade of Playhouses (File photo)

Each year you think the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses has just reached the limit in cuteness. This year the event including 19 houses will be presented by the ORIX Foundation at NorthPark Center from Friday, August 3 through Sunday, August 19.

You don’t even have to have a child in your life to get one! All you have to do is be part of the march against child abuse in Dallas.

“Parade of Playhouses gives children who come to NorthPark the chance to win a fabulous playhouse,” said Beverly Levy, Dallas CASA President and Executive Director. “At the same time, it gives abused and neglected children the best chance of having the safe and loving homes they’ve dreamed of.”

Raffle ticket box (File photo)

For a mere $5, you can get a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of 18 mini-mansions including “a maritime lighthouse, an urban chicken coop which will come with an art piece by a local artist, an airplane hangar and even a baseball dugout complete with memorabilia graciously contributed by the Texas Rangers organization.”

Or, if you want to splurge, you can get five raffle tickets for $20.

What about the 19th playhouse? It’s going to be auctioned off.

Actually the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Back-to-school shopping at NorthPark will be underway and the CASA folks will have tables set up for ticket purchases. What? You’re out of town until Labor Day? Not to worry. You can also buy raffle tickets or bid on #20 online.

Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on August 19 at NorthPark. You don’t have to be present to win, but you never like to miss a good party.

Now, let’s give a big old pat on the back to the following groups and folks:

Playhouse Builders —   Southwest Airlines, Winstead PC with Erin Parisi, Guardian Exteriors, Dallas CASA Children’s Council, Veranda Fine Homes, Les Owens, Bogdan Tomalevski and Tarek Abdel Ghaffar, Peter Christensen, Butscher Construction, Ambit Energy, Bob Borson and Buford Builders, Scott Taylor and Howard Gorman, Sewell Automotive Companies with Spring Valley Construction Company, Scott Armstrong, Whitney Ford, Jonathan Powell and Lily Barboza and Audrey Maxwell.

Sponsors— ($30,000) ORIX Foundation, ($20,000) Bernbaum Magadini Architects, ($10,000) Kimberly-Clark, ($1,000) Guardian Exteriors and TD Industries, ($500) Thompson & Knight and (Media sponsors) KVIL 103.7 Lite FM and People Newspapers.

Let’s Post Playhouse Photos

Some folks have asked to see the goods at NorthPark. No, not the clothes, cosmetics and computers. Rather, they wanted to see some of the mini-houses that are a part of the Parade of Playhouses this year.

Your wish is our marching orders to get over to NorthPark and get photos like the Fire Truck Playhouse (pictured) and a few others that we have after the “jump” — [Read more…]

Let The 2010 Parade Of Playhouses March On At NorthPark

It’s way too hot to be outside. Thank heaven, Dallas CASA‘s 2010 ORIX Parade of Playhouses starts today at NorthPark! Not only is NP totally air conditioned, there are 17 amazingly creative playhouses to eyeball.

Included in the lineup are a fire truck, a caboose, a florist’s shop and a school house.They’ll be on display through August 22 when they’ll be raffled off during the closing ceremony at 4 p.m. with proceeds going to CASA. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Interested in getting a raffle ticket. Simple! There will be tables set up at NorthPark and you can get them online.

Just imagine winning one and presenting it to a youngster for a birthday, Christmas or Hanukkah.

This year’s parade is the result of a lot of good people and organizations like — [Read more…]