17th Annual Project Playhouse® Premieres at Fashion Island®

IRVINE, Calif. (September 2, 2008) – Children’s fantasies come to life at HomeAid Orange County’s 17th Annual Project Playhouse®, presented by Bank of America, at Fashion Island® in Newport Beach on Saturday, September 6. Saturday’s Open House is the only day, Anaheim Ducks Hockey Hideaway, Beachside Cabana, Wahoo’s Xtreme Sports Shack, The Caribbean Surf Shack and four other playhouses will be open for the public to actually step inside to view up close the incredible furnishings and details of these exquisite cottages. 

When the gates open at 11:00 a.m. guests will be able to visit, first time playhouse builder, W Custom Homes’ ECO-friendly playhouse titled The Wee Green Playhouse. Their contemporary design features energy efficient windows that block out 90 percent of the UV rays and allow for natural light and ventilation to flood the playhouse. Or visitors can step into Shea Homes’ TradePartners® Mystic Lodge to imagine how our American pioneers lived. The exceptions are this log cabin is equipped with a ceiling fan, granite counters and a flat screen television.

A must see for the little girl who loves to entertain is the Americana Del Mar built by University of California, Irvine Facilities Management Team. The Corona del Mar style beach cottage has a kitchen, a loft and a fully functioning outdoor shower to make sure guests don’t get sand on the hardwood floors.

All USC Trojans and future little Trojans will want to go inside Lyon’s Little Greek House built by William Lyon Homes. The Southern charm of this miniature Fraternity house embraces a camaraderie atmosphere with dueling flat screen televisions and a DVD/video gaming system.

Project Playhouse debuted in 1992 and has become HomeAid Orange County’s signature fundraiser. The unique event has raised more than $5 million to help the nearly 20 year old non-profit organization fulfill its mission to build dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. For 17 years, dedicated homebuilders, trades, architects and designers have donated their talents and resources to create these whimsical playhouses.

A $20 donation per person, (children age three and under are free) will give guests entrance into the wondrous villages to explore the playhouses and receive goodies at each door they enter. After Saturday’s Open House, the playhouses will continue to be on display until October 11. On the weekends, for a $5 donation per person, visitors can view the house interiors through playhouse Dutch doors. The five week long event culminates in the live public auction at Fashion Island on Saturday, October 11.

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About HomeAid Orange County
HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the mission to build dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. Founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between service providers, community volunteers, builders and specialty contractors. With two projects currently in development, to date the organization has completed 43 housing developments that serve victims of domestic violence, pregnant homeless women, abused and abandoned children, homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS and homeless families.