Anticipation reached new heights at the drawing for HomeAid Houston's 11th annual Project Playhouse on July 19 during the Astros vs. the Mariners game at Minute Maid Park. Ticket purchasers were eager to learn who would win HomeAid's 2017 Project Playhouse that was constructed by sister companies, Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes. Jonathan White, Taylor Morrison Houston division president and Michael Pomerleau, Taylor Morrison senior superintendent who led playhouse construction, drew the winning ticket. Lori Buckner with Myrtle Cruz, Inc. will be bringing the playhouse home for her five year old son, Drew.
“I was so surprised and excited when I heard we had won the playhouse," said Buckner. "Drew will be so happy to have such a special place where he can play. It is also remarkable to know that HomeAid Houston’s Project Playhouse is helping the homeless of Houston, and that is something else that makes winning this incredible playhouse so amazing.”
HomeAid Houston’s 2017 Project Playhouse was a World Series performance this year as the event raised a total of $106,625 for Houston's mission - to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.
Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes designed and constructed this year's playhouse, named "The All American Playhouse", with donated materials and labor from GHBA members. Their team created a star spangled design that included the American flag incorporated onto its exterior, a front porch and Dutch style doors. The playhouse was fully loaded with amenities including air conditioning, a flat screen TV and gaming console, and child sized furniture and decor to match the theme.
“Constructing HomeAid Houston’s Project Playhouse has been a tremendous opportunity for the Taylor Morrison and Darling Homes team to help raise both awareness and valuable funds to help Houston’s homeless,” said White. “Our ‘All American Playhouse’ design captured the attention and imagination of both children and adults alike, inspiring record ticket sales, donations and contributions from our vendor and trades partners. Our employees were also inspired to commit their time to help HomeAid’s mission. We thank HomeAid, the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation for allowing us to be partners on such a unique and rewarding project, and a big congratulations to Lori Buckner and her son Drew!”
The Taylor Morrison/Darling Homes Project Playhouse team included: Michael Pomerleau, Jonathan White, Amy Haywood Rino, Bill Dalton, Franklin Gonzalez, Daniel Cogan, David Wood, Caroline Noel, Sarah Starr, Keeley Motton, Roger Hollingworth, Rainbow Hayden, Roo Popp, Tara Slusser, Katlynn Thomas, Liz Parsons, Sarah Amaya, Tim DeRouen, Noira Bolin, Danielle Woods, Lewis Walker, Joyce Anderson, Mirna Colindres and Raquel Connor.
HomeAid is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The agency was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 42 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community. Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.