Little houses bring big donations for CASA

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 am

Five playhouses recently netted almost $10,000 for Sarpy County CASA.

The monthlong Little CASA Su CASA fundraiser wrapped up Sept. 29 with a gala at Build Omaha’s Street of Dreams to support the Sarpy County Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

Four playhouses were sold through an online auction, while the fifth was raffled off at the gala. The playhouses were displayed at Shadow Lake Towne Center and then along the Street of Dreams along with landscaping from Sun Valley Landscaping.

Advocates from CASA work on a one-on-one basis with children who are victims of abuse and neglect. They are appointed by the Sarpy County Juvenile Court to get to know the children, talk to parents and family members, attend court hearings, work with attorneys, meet with case managers and therapists, review records and visit schools to meet with teachers.

“We are so thankful to the architects, designers and builders who make this event possible for us,” Sarpy County CASA Executive Director Georgie Scurfield said in a press release. “With over 100 kids on a waiting list for trained CASA volunteers, their efforts are truly appreciated.”

The efforts of the design and build teams that donated the playhouses were recognized during the gala.

Sarpy County CASA gave the Most Valuable Playhouse Award to Nathan Homes and Lee Douglas Design, the design and build team that created the castle playhouse that was raffled during the gala.

The Omaha chapter of the Design Build Institute of America gave a tie for the Best Build Award to JE Dunn and Altus for their nature observatory playhouse and E&A Engineering for its tiki playhouse.

The Best Design Award went to Leo A Daly and Kiewit Construction for their joint hospital playhouse. The purchaser of the AOI sports arena playhouse, built by Meyer & Associates Architects and AOI Construction, gave the playhouse to the Lydia House.

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