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HomeAid O.C.'s Project Playhouse raises $338,000

McCarthy Building Cos., CHOC Children's opportunity drawing creation draws in $11,228.

By Caitlin AdamsPublished: October 01, 2010 01:30 PM

Courtesy of McCarthy Building Cos.
HomeAid Orange County's 19th annual Project Playhouse fundraiser garnered $338,000 during its run at the Irvine Spectrum Center. And Newport Beach-based McCarthy Building Cos. and CHOC Children's opportunity drawing playhouse raised a total of $11,228 to support the nonprofit.

The creation – dubbed Tween the House and the Pool – was the only playhouse that could be won by purchasing $2 raffle tickets. A total of 5,614 tickets were sold.

Six other playhouses, contributed by various building teams and organizations, were sold during a live auction event on Sept. 10. The funds will help HomeAid build or renovate housing developments for homeless individuals.

“Historically, Project Playhouse builder teams were residential homebuilders,” said Gina Scott, director of development for HomeAid O.C. “McCarthy Building Cos. was one of our first commercial builders, and they have done an exceptional job of adapting their talents and resources to create innovative playhouses that are popular with children and adults.”

It’s the second time that McCarthy and CHOC Children’s have teamed up for the annual fundraiser. This year’s playhouse – which was inspired by the hospital's new Patient Care Tower that McCarthy is currently building – was designed and constructed as a backyard Hampton-style pool house, with two walls incorporating glass accordion Nanawall systems that fold open to allow air to circulate. The 80-square-foot playhouse is fully wired, and includes color-changing LED lighting, a 32-inch flatscreen TV, an Apple media player, a stereo sound system and wiring for computers.

HomeAid also recognized the playhouse with a first-place Grand Award and Secret Garden honor for the best landscape design.

“HomeAid Orange County was proud to partner again with CHOC Children’s and McCarthy Building Cos. by offering the public a chance to win a beautiful Project Playhouse,” said Scott. “The opportunity playhouse brings awareness to both organizations missions, and how together we bring hope and inspiration to the Orange County community.”

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