HomeAid Playhouse Arrives at Minute Maid Park
June 18, 2018


HomeAid Houston's 12th annual Project Playhouse has become a legendary fundraising event at Minute Maid Park.  Thanks to the Houston Astros and the Astros Foundation for their partnership, Project Playhouse has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for HomeAid's mission, "to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach".  Another key partner in the success of Project Playhouse is the builder captain.  This year Ashton Woods, led by Paul Sims, division president, designed and built the playhouse that they named the School House of Inspiration. 


The team also includes Gregory Janik, area construction manager & Project Lead; George Sanchez, product development manager; Kendra Lewis, marketing manager and Amy Ross, design studio manager.


The School House of Inspiration is now on display during the Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays games through June 27th for fans to check out and to have the opportunity to win.  The drawing will be held on the 27th.


The design captures the charm and classic look of schools from earlier times that helped build memories for generations.  It includes a school bell, operable windows, air conditioning, a built-on "swing set", a flat screen TV and DVD combo, a chalk board and interior furnishings that inspire children of all ages to hang out and play for hours.  Visit You Tube channel https://youtu.be/e07B2tCRMFs  to hear more.


"Project Playhouse has been one of HomeAid's hallmark fundraising efforts," said Bill Dalton, president of HomeAid Houston. "The level of enthusiasm and dedication by the Ashton Woods team has inspired a remarkable number of sponsors and new fans of the project.  We are looking forward to the next 10 days working with them and the many volunteers who will man the playhouse at the Astros games."


Funds raised for Project Playhouse also come from generous sponsors, with many having sponsored every year.  Included in the line-up are: HALL OF FAME:  Champion Energy Company, RoofTec and Toll Brothers and GRAND SLAM sponsors are: Absolute Drywall Service, APEX Foundation, Friendswood Development Company, James Hardie Building Products, Towne Lake and VARC Solution.  There are dozens of additional sponsors who share HomeAid's vision to add 600 beds and $12 million in housing and improvements to Houston's homeless community by 2020.


“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this fundraiser for HomeAid Houston," said Paul Sims, Ashton Woods.  "It gives us a unique opportunity to combine our love for design and homebuilding with an opportunity to give back. Our team jumped at the opportunity to donate our time and skills to those who need it most. Our hope is that the School House of Inspiration by Ashton Woods lives up to its name and inspires everyone who works on it, sees it, and plays in it to believe in themselves and believe in the power of helping others.”