Sold – Sold – Sold !!!
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) teamed up with exceptional builders to craft unique and exciting playhouses that delight and inspire the little ones in our lives. These extravagant, detailed, high-quality playhouses were talk of the neighborhood – and were up for bid on Saturday, June 18th at Rebuilding Hope: The RTMC Playhouse Project. At RTMC’s 3rd annual event, more than 100 guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while supporting Rebuilding Together and the community investment made to preserve affordable housing, prevent homelessness and provide hope for some of our county’s most vulnerable residents.
While walking the Plaza at The Shops at Wisconsin Place, guests previewed all 7 playhouses on display, 3 of which had already been pre-sold!
Co-emcees for the night, Dawn Gontkovic and Councilmember Craig Rice, provided opening remarks and kept the crowd entertained before the playhouse bidding began. RTMC’s Executive Director, Christina Johnson, was presented with a check from Whole Foods’s Carrie Coonan which represented their purchase of two playhouses. One of those playhouses, which is Pepco’s “MiniShed” , is a green house built with sustainable materials, featuring a solar powered roof, allowing for rainwater harvesting and boasting elevated planter beds. Whole Foods has agreed to generously donate this playhouse to a STEM school within the Montgomery County Public School system. Whole Foods will donate the other playhouse, Mother Earth’s cabin, to local nonprofit CentroNia.
Special thanks were delivered to Whole Foods Market and TW Perry, who were both presenting sponsors for this year’s event. Special recognition was given to Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of the Town of Somerset by Family Services, Inc.’s Scott Birdsong. FSI recognized Mr. Slavin for his generous donation of a playhouse two years ago and has since been placed at an FSI childcare facilities in Montgomery County.
When Auctioneer Lia Kvatum brought the gavel down for the final winning bid, 4 uniquely designed and custom-built children’s playhouses were auctioned off and another successful playhouse project came to an end, raising more than $70,000 for RTMC’s great work in the community!
Rebuilding Together would like to thank all of its long-time Playhouse Project sponsors, all of its new sponsors and all of the in-kind partners that helped make this event a huge success!