The RTMC Playhouse Auction and Reception- A Fabulous Event for a Worthy Cause
On May 29th, 2014, RTMC raised more than $90,000 through the Rebuilding Hope: RTMC Playhouse Project. These funds will support RTMC’s mission to provide free home repairs to low-income homeowners in Montgomery County.
At the event, the plaza at the Shops at Wisconsin Place was transformed into a playground for young and old, as friends and partners of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County, a local housing nonprofit, came out to bid on the bright and vibrant playhouses that have been gracing the plaza for the entire month of May. The reception tent was alive with the buzz of community leaders coming out to fund home repair and modifications for vulnerable families, the heart of Rebuilding Together’s work.
Hosted by Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of the Town of Somerset, and Emceed by Lesli Foster of WUSA Channel 9, the reception featured live entertainment, a variety of food stations, three bountiful raffle baskets, and the playhouse auction. The top seller, the Live/Move/Play Playhouse by The JBG Companies, features a loft, a transit car, and a storefront all combined into one double-decker playhouse, and was purchased to donate to an area nonprofit. Five other playhouses found homes with private citizens determined to help provide safe and healthy housing for families in need, while bringing home playful housing for their little ones.
Once the auction was over, the all guests were invited to raise their paddles with individual gifts to purchase a playhouse for The Arc Montgomery County, a nonprofit helping families affected by intellectual and development disabilities. The room raised more than $12,000 to purchase The Beach House Playhouse by Pelican Residential for The Arc Montgomery County.
If you missed the event but want to get in on the action, there is still one playhouse available, and it’s undeniably one of the best! The Pirate Ship, custom built by Merrick Design and Build, features three levels of play, working flagpole, and a ladder to keep out unwanted intruders, as well as hand-painted art along the flanks. It’s gorgeous, built to be sturdy for rough play, and inspires all generations, from Captain Hook to Captain Jack Sparrow. You can bring this ship home today, or purchase it for a local nonprofit in our area if you don’t need your own playhouse.
RTMC extends a big thank you to everyone who attended and all of our sponsors (see graphic below). We also would like to extend a special thanks to host Jeffrey Slavin, Mayor of Somerset and emcee Lesli Foster of WUSA Channel 9. And our bottomless gratitude goes to: The JBG Companies, Davis Construction, Studios Architecture, Orr Partners, D.G. Liu Contractor, Inc., Merrick Design and Build Inc, C. M. Conlan Contractors & Builders Inc., Pelican Residential, Top Notch Improvements, Rock Springs Residential, and Upton Architecture, who have committed to designing, building, and donating a creative playhouse to this cause.
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