SOURCE: HomeAid Orange County

HomeAid Orange County

August 10, 2011 15:20 ET

General William Lyon to Be Honored at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Project Playhouse® on November 11th, 2011

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - General William Lyon will be honored at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Project Playhouse®, a spectacular evening of fine dining, a concert by Super Diamond and a spirited live auction of whimsical playhouses when HomeAid Orange County hosts this special gala on November 11th at the Balboa Bay Club. Lyon, one of Southern California's most distinguished industry leaders and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of William Lyon Homes will be recognized for his enduring commitment to helping Orange County's homeless. Mark your social calendar for this event when prominent individuals from non-profit, corporate and private sectors join together for a much-anticipated fundraiser that will benefit HomeAid Orange County's mission to build dignified housing for the homeless. Tickets will be limited and prospective guests are invited to visit for more details on what is destined to be a very memorable evening.

"The special tribute to General Lyon will be one of the evening's highlights. For the past two decades, his incredible generosity and compassion have been a cornerstone of Project Playhouse's success and we are delighted to honor him in this fashion at the Anniversary Celebration," said Scott Larson, Executive Director of HomeAid OC. "General Lyon's involvement and leadership have been an inspiration for our entire organization and we cannot thank him enough for his tremendous support on so many different levels. Every year since Project Playhouse was founded, William Lyon Homes has generously contributed a beautiful playhouse and we are incredibly grateful for this important legacy. Their playhouses have raised more than $300,000, funds that directly benefit the mission of HomeAid OC and a very worthy cause."

William Lyon has enjoyed an illustrious civic, business and military career; his combined companies have produced more than 100,000 residential units spanning a history of more than 50 years. Major General Lyon was Chief of the Air Force Reserve from 1975 to 1979 and was nominated to the Senate for confirmation by President Gerald R. Ford. During his distinguished military career of more than 35 years, he flew combat missions in Korea and served during World War II. Lyon is a prominent social leader in Orange County who is affiliated with numerous political, business, community and charity organizations.

The Anniversary Celebration of Project Playhouse will be a premier charity event for Orange County residents who understand the importance of raising funds to help change lives and inspire hope to those who need it most. This festive evening of dining and entertainment will bring together an impressive list of attendees who are dedicated to the cause of HomeAid Orange County and whose participation among friends and colleagues will pay tribute to decades of fantasy playhouses and a joint commitment to helping the homeless in Orange County. This loyalty and devotion have paid off; since its debut nearly two decades ago, Project Playhouse has captivated millions of visitors, raised a total of $5.8 million and enlisted more than 10,000 volunteers to further the important cause of HomeAid OC.

The season of celebration and hope officially kicks off on October 8th, 2011 when the Playhouse Village takes center stage at the Irvine Spectrum Center®. The signature fundraising event benefits the efforts of HomeAid OC, and visitors can view an array of fantasy playhouses that will be on display for a five-week run. The culmination of Project Playhouse will be the spirited live auction during the 20th Anniversary Celebration.

HomeAid Orange County is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, with a mission to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless men, women and children can rebuild their lives.

Since 1989, HomeAid OC has raised millions of dollars and created partnerships between residential builders and county service providers to achieve a common goal. The result -- 47 housing developments and 1,000 beds, providing 4.2 million bed nights over the last 22 years and 386,535 bed nights in 2010 serving victims of domestic violence, abused children and homeless families. The total project value of HomeAid OC is an estimated $57,643,176 and three new developments are currently in progress with an estimated value of $9,020,260. The mission continues and HomeAid remains committed to changing lives and inspiring hope in those who need it most. For more information, please visit