The electric buzz at the July 7 Astros game at Minute Maid Park became a fevered pitch, as the drawing for the winner of HomeAid Houston's Project Playhouse took place during the 6th inning on the Concourse level at Section 150. A crowd of excited Houston Astros' fans gathered hoping to be the name called from thousands of others who had purchased one or more tickets for an opportunity to win the "Toy Box Playhouse" built by Satterfield & Pontikes (S&P), and designed by Newberry Architecture. The winning ticket was pulled by Claudia Tax, design associate I with Newberry.
The Rangel family of Houston will be bringing the Toy Box Playhouse home for their children and their friends to enjoy in their own backyard.
HomeAid Houston’s 2019 Project Playhouse was a World Series performance this year as the event raised nearly $100,000 for Houston's mission -'to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach'. HomeAid and the team of S&P and Newberry partnered with the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation on this 13th year fundraiser.
Newberry's design includes a number of play areas such as a "rock climbing wall", a TV and desk area with a mini fridge, a painting and chalkboard station, and a Minute Maid “juice bar” area for kids to “sell” juices. There is also a loft above with a play-net that can be accessed by a built in ladder or the "rock climbing wall". The exterior features a slide that is accessible from the interior loft. The Toy Box Playhouse also includes air conditioning and interior/exterior decor that enhances the amenities.
“Satterfield and Pontikes Construction was honored and excited to take part in HomeAid Houston’s annual Project Playhouse fundraiser,” said George Pontikes, president of the company. “Partnering with HomeAid in their efforts to help construct housing for homeless care providers, allows us to give back to our community and contribute to a cause that helps build a brighter future for those less fortunate. We were as excited as everyone else to learn who had won it. Congratulations to the Rangel family!"
Numerous vendors and suppliers came together to donate materials and services to help in the construction. These companies included R.B. Hash, Chavez Carpentry, Gonzales Electric, Trifection, The Sherwin-Williams Co., Bamex Painting, Greco Structures, Marvin Windows and Doors, and Mirror Gallery.
The Toy Box Playhouse team included from S&P : Nic Flannery, Alex Pontikes, Adam Butler, Robert Pleasants, Dan Bihn, and Jim Muska. From Newberry were Ken Newberry, Hana Abuelaish, Diane Eberly, Claudia Tax, Marshall Stewart, Brooke Brodlowicz, Aleks Ramiz, Gabriela Espinosa, Erick Morales, and Michelle Fuentes.