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PlayHouse project raffle raises funds, awareness

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s PlayHouse Project includes 4 custom-made houses

Changing Children's Worlds Foundation of Geneva is raffling off four playhouses and two dog houses as a fundraiser. One of the houses is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, complete with a wheelchair ramp.
Changing Children's Worlds Foundation of Geneva is raffling off four playhouses and two dog houses as a fundraiser. One of the houses is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, complete with a wheelchair ramp.

GENEVA – One of the four custom-made playhouses that will be raffled off for Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation’s PlayHouse Project will be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

This playhouse will include a wide doorway with a detachable wheelchair ramp, a foldable table inside, a transom window to increase lighting and visibility, cubbies at different heights and an outside chalkboard.  

Four playhouses and two dog houses will be showcased at the Northern Illinois Homebuilders Association Cavalcade of Homes at Ashwood Park in Naperville. Playhouses will be on display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day from Saturday through Aug. 17, when raffle drawings will be held for two playhouses, one of them the ADA-compliant, and one of the dog houses.

Changing Children’s Worlds president Kimberly Svevo-Cianci said the houses will be delivered to winners during the week. 

“The houses weigh 1,200 to 1,500 pounds, with real roof shingles,” Svevo-Cianci said. “The houses have been constructed by real home builders, so they are mini-houses built to last forever.”

The houses also will be exhibited from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Batavia Block Party by the Batavia RiverWalk on Island Avenue, and also at noon Aug. 31 at Roots Aurora at River Edge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora.

The playhouses will be exhibited from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Kane County Flea Market, 525 Randall Road, St Charles.

The raffle drawing for the remaining two playhouses and one dog house will be at the Golf and Jazz Evening fundraiser, Sept. 28, at Cantigny Golf Course, 27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton. Winners need not be present.

Raffle tickets are one for $5, three for $10, seven for $20, and 20 tickets for $50. They will be available at the Cavalcade of Homes, at Changing Children’s World, 411 Stevens St., Geneva, or through the CCWF website

“This whole playhouse project has two goals,” Svevo-Cianci said. “We want to raise money to work with teen parents or incarcerated parents and children with special needs. These programs are not easily funded.”

The second goal is a public awareness and public service campaign to promote empathy-based parents and family relationships, she said.

“Through our playhouse project, we have been able to bring awareness to our empathy-based programs to 5,000 people, and by September, it will be 10,000 people,” Svevo-Cianci said.  

The key benefactor from the PlayHouse Project raffle sales is Family Focus Aurora for its Parents Too Soon program, which includes a new initiative for teen dads.

“Our original goal was $20,000,” Svevo-Cianci said. “We’ve sold about 1,500 tickets and raised $5,000 to $5,500 so far.”

Svevo Cianci said many who buy tickets don’t want a playhouse – so the tickets indicate that if you win, the house can be donated to Family Focus Aurora or other group.

“If they win and want to give it to a church or a school, we will completely support them to donate it to an organization,” Svevo-Cianci said.

All the custom-built playhouses are donated by members of the Northern Illinois Home Builders Association.

Playhouse sponsors include John Hall Homes in St. Charles, St. Charles American Legion Post 342, MidWest Remodeling in Sycamore, St. Charles VFW Post 5036, YES Fleet and Equipment in Lisle, St. Charles Closets, Coleman Home Solutions in Aurora, J.C. Licht Epco in Geneva, Cannavino Construction in Plainfield, Grahams Chocolate in Geneva, Jobs for Dyslexics in LaGrange Park, Allen + Pepa Architects in Aurora, Kane County Flea Market and the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles.

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