CASA Parade of Playhouses Features Top Talent, Benefits Abused and Neglected Kids | CandysDirt.com

We love houses of all shapes and sizes. Today, we are appreciating some very special houses that help abused and neglected children in North Texas. 

The 23rd Annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses will take place June 29 to July 15 at NorthPark Center. Local architects, builders, organizations, corporations, and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses. They raise funds so Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help vulnerable children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

“For most children, these wonderfully creative playhouses represent fun, imagination, and dreams —but for the more than 4,300 children who lived in protective care in 2017, these houses are more than they dare dream about,” said Kathleen LaValle, executive director and president of Dallas CASA. “Child victims of abuse and neglect simply want safe homes, warm beds and families to love them [and we dream] of the day when all children feel safe and when those who don’t have a caring advocate willing to be their voice.”

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Les Owens of LRO Residential | Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses | CandysDirt.com

Kid Cottage by Les Owens of LRO Residential, built for the 2016 Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. This is his eighth year participating in the event.

Dallas homebuilder Les Owens of LRO Residential puts the same details into the children’s playhouses he builds for the Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses as he does the multimillion dollar custom homes he builds in the city’s most tony neighborhoods, like Preston Hollow, Bluffview, and Highland Park.

Want a playhouse with a copper roof? Wired for electrical? With real hardwood floors? Totally do-able. 

“We use the same materials in our playhouses as the big homes we build,” Owens said. “It allows us to be really detailed and maintain the same construction quality for a tiny house that we would for any house we build — we look forward to this every year.”

The 22nd annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses runs July 7 to 23 at NorthPark Center. The event features custom-designed and built playhouses available to win by raffle, with all proceeds benefiting the children served by Dallas CASA. As the group’s largest annual awareness event, Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses brings attention to the plight of the abused and neglected children served by the agency’s volunteer advocates.

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Urban Laughterpiece by Classic Urban Homes

One of the best things about having grandchildren is counting the ways you can spoil them and still benefit the community. That’s why I need to get myself over to NorthPark Mall to browse the 21st Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses. I’d better run: the 17-day event ends on Sunday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. when winning tickets will be drawn.

This annual event and raffle serves as a fundraiser for Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates, a terrific organization of volunteers who act as a voice for abused or neglected children in court. Generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to those children have safe, permanent homes where they can thrive.

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Kid Cottage by LRO Residential

On July 31, 15 lucky raffle winners will score one of the precious mini homes designed and donated by local those generous orgs. (more…)