Thousands of Houston Astros fans shared the special moment when the Hamilton family received the key to this year's Project Playhouse on the ball field at Minute Maid Park. Lacy and Chad Hamilton and their two young boys were the winner of The Playhouse of Inspiration built by Ashton Woods Homes. The key presentation was held prior to the Astros vs. the Oakland A's game on July 10.
This is the 12lth anniversary of HomeAid's Project Playhouse, a fundraiser that builds hope and homes for Houston's homeless community. Project Playhouse raised nearly $100,000 for HomeAid's mission, to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Gregory Janik, vice president of operations for Ashton Woods, and who oversaw the playhouse construction, drew the winning ticket.
Ashton Woods' design captured the charm and classic look of schools from earlier times that helped build memories for generations. It included a school bell, a built-on "swing set", operable windows, air conditioning, and interior furnishings that inspire children of all ages to hang out and play together for hours.
Paul Sims, Ashton Woods division president along with Gregory Janik, George Sanchez, product development manager; Kendra Lewis marketing manager and Amy Ross, design studio manager represented the Ashton Woods team throughout construction.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this fundraiser for HomeAid Houston," said Paul Sims, division president of 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.”
Among the dozens of sponsors who made this playhouse a success were two HomeAid board member extraordinaires who went above and beyond the call of duty by selling hundreds of tickets on their own time. Cindy Hinson with Lennar/Village Builders sold 455 tickets ($2275) and Lisa Clark with Ryko Development sold a whopping 1670 tickets ($8350).
Paul Sims, Gregory Janik, Dekendrick Vidito, Amy Ross and Kendra Lewis with Ashton Woods and Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid Houston presented the key to the Hamilton family.
"The key presentation was the perfect celebration of a successful Project Playhouse," said Bette. "It brought the entire Playhouse team together to honor the builders, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who made this a World Series success. A huge thank you to the Astros, the Astros Foundation and Ashton Woods Homes!"