HomeAid Houston’s 2016 Project Playhouse was a game-changer this year as the event raised $80,496.00 for Houston's mission - to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.
HomeAid, a Greater Houston Builders Association charity, builds transformational housing for Houston's homeless. HomeAid, the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation partnered with Houston builder, M/I Homes on this 10th annual fundraiser.
M/I Homes designed and constructed the playhouse with donated materials and labor from GHBA members. M/I's team created a video game style design they named Pixel Playhouse that featured air conditioning, tempered safety glass windows, a plasma TV, a treasure chest, a front porch, exterior torches and game seating. Pixel Playhouse also included a hand-created rug, tree and artwork that turned virtual reality into a reality for one lucky family.
Jay McManus, president of the Houston Division of M/I Homes, and his six year old son, Jake McManus, drew the winning name at a recent Astros vs. the Angels game at Minute Maid Park. The winning name was GHBA member, Kimberley Cooke with Strategic Operations Benefit Concepts, Inc. Cooke had been trying to win a playhouse for the past several years.
"M/I Homes was honored and excited to participate in Project Playhouse this year," said Jay McManus, division president. "What better way to raise money to end homelessness? This is a tremendous opportunity for M/I Homes in Houston to give back to the community and involve our employees by doing what we do best - build homes!"
A Pixel Playhouse key presentation to the winner will be held on the field July 27 prior to the Astros vs. the Yankees game.
The M/I Homes Project Playhouse team included David Gipe, vice president of operations; Keith Blum, vice president of purchasing; Bobby R. McNeese, sales manager; Chasity St. Andre, escrow officer; James Lee, construction superintendent; Hanan Foteh, senior administrator; Jean Pearcy, sales administrator; Linda Lynch, senior administrator; Steve Madrid, construction superintendent and Stephanie Wright, sales manager.
"HomeAid thanks the incredible team at M/I Homes for their commitment to Project Playhouse and to the dozens of volunteers who worked at the Astros games raising awareness about homelessness in Houston," said Cindy Hinson, president of HomeAid Houston. "Companies like M/I Homes are helping to improve the lives of so many less fortunate through their hard work and a dedication to the cause."
In the last 13 years, HomeAid Houston has completed 36 projects, adding more than $10 million in real estate to Houston's homeless community, which translates to more than 400 beds for homeless men, women and children. For more information visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.