Thousands of Houston Astros fans shared the special moment when the Rangel family received the key to this year's Project Playhouse on the ball field at Minute Maid Park. The Toy Box Playhouse was built by Satterfield & Pontikes and designed by Newberry Architecture. The key presentation was held prior to the Astros vs. the Angels' game on July 7.
This is the 13th 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. Claudia Tax, design associate I with Newberry drew the winning ticket.
Newberry's design included 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 was also a loft above with a play-net that can be accessed by a built in ladder or the "rock climbing wall". The exterior featured a slide that is accessible from the interior loft. The Toy Box Playhouse also included air conditioning and interior/exterior decor that enhances the amenities.
"This year's playhouse was the answer to every kid's dream," said Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid. "Once they open the front door, they are blown away by the creativity and whimsical design, amenities and decor that captures their imagination. HomeAid was honored to work with Satterfield & Pontikes, Newberry Architecture, and the Astros Foundation on this year's fundraiser."
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 among others.
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.
Joining Mr. Pontikes in presenting the key were Diane Eberly, Newberry Architecture; John Williams, president of the GHBA; Kendall McDermott, Allpoints Surveying; Patrick Mayhan, HomeAid president and Carol Brady, HomeAid executive director.
"The key presentation was the perfect celebration of a successful Project Playhouse," said Carole Brady. "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, Satterfield & Pontikes and Newberry Architecture!"
For more information on HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.