HomeAid OC

July 14, 2011 19:48 ET

Save the Date for November 11th, 2011 for the Spectacular 20th Anniversary Celebration of Project Playhouse®

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 14, 2011) - Do not miss a spectacular evening of fine dining, a concert by Super Diamond and a spirited live auction of whimsical playhouses when HomeAid Orange County hosts the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Project Playhouse®. Mark your social calendar for November 11th, when prominent individuals from Southern California's non-profit, corporate and private sectors join together for this special gala. This highly anticipated fundraiser will benefit HomeAid Orange County's mission to build dignified housing for the homeless and will be held at the Balboa Bay Club. 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 Anniversary Celebration 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.

"As we look forward to a milestone anniversary of Project Playhouse, I must express our gratitude to the county's leading builders, architectural designers and consultants who have consistently donated their time, expertise and materials to construct these state-of-the-art dream homes. One of our most influential benefactors has been General William Lyon and we are delighted to announce that the 20th Anniversary Celebration will include a special tribute honoring his ongoing dedication to this very worthy cause," said event co-chair John Racunas.

"Our mission continues and the invaluable contributions of the real estate industry, coupled with the enthusiasm of the millions of visitors who tour the playhouses each year, make it possible for HomeAid OC to reach our goal of providing the homeless with a safe place to live and we thank you for your continued generosity," concluded event co-chair Brandi Uehli.

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