Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as the voices in court for abused and neglected children living in protective care.
Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses Open at NorthPark Center July 12 to July 28
06/27/19 | Press Release
Dallas, June 25, 2019—Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses will run July 12 to 28 at NorthPark Center. Presented by Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest Volvo, the signature awareness event for Dallas CASA will feature 17 unique, custom-designed children’s playhouses on display and available to win by raffle.
Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who serve as the voices in court for abused and neglected children living in protective care. In 2018, Dallas CASA’s 1,420 sworn advocates served 3,332 children. Amidst an overwhelmed child welfare system, a CASA volunteer is often the only constant and consistent adult by a child’s side during a frightening and confusing time.
The houses, all custom-designed and built, are donated by local builders, architects and corporations and available to win by raffle on the last day of the 17-day event. All funds raised during the event benefit the children served by Dallas CASA.
“Child abuse isn’t something that happens somewhere else to someone else’s children,” LaValle said. “It happens every day in our city to our children, and our incredible volunteers stand up day after day for children. Our volunteers are in foster homes, doctor’s offices and courtrooms making sure children have the best chance to reach their full potentials. These 17 adorable houses represent what our volunteers dream of for the children they serve – safety, permanency, warmth and a place to call their forever home.”
KDC, a leading national real estate development and investment company, is serving as parade grand marshal this year, bringing new ideas and builders to the 24th annual event.
“Building big is what we do, but these little playhouses and the hopes they represent really captured our hearts and imaginations,” said Steve Van Amburgh, chief executive officer of KDC. “Values are the heart and soul of any great organization. KDC really admires what Dallas CASA is doing to help families and kids here in our city. This is why we’re jumping in to help raise awareness and funds for Dallas CASA. We’re excited to be a small part.”
Last year, more than 4,700 Dallas County children were living in the protective care of the state. Dallas CASA has been working diligently to expand capacity to meet the growing demand for child advocates in our community. Dallas CASA volunteers are assigned to all 10 Dallas courts that hear child welfare cases. Dallas CASA currently provides a trained advocate for nearly nine out of ten children in foster care. In the past five years, Dallas CASA has doubled the number of sworn child advocates, focusing on a goal of serving every child who needs an advocate.
Parade of Playhouses has been a signature community and fundraising event for Dallas CASA since 1996. This year’s collection of 17 houses includes a tiny food truck, a lunar landing module, an inclusive autism awareness house, and many others. Each house is unique and represents months of donated work designing, planning, building, finishing and transporting to NorthPark Center.
The playhouses will be awarded to lucky winners during a raffle drawing at 4 p.m. on Sunday July 28 at NorthPark Center. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at event ticket tables at NorthPark Center or online at dallascasa.org.
Parade of Playhouses would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors and builders:
Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest
Pioneer Natural Resources
Design Within Reach
Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas
Bank of America Black Professional Group
Playhouse Architects and Builders
Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Austin Commercial, LP
The Beck Group
Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Jeff and Jordan Kindig
MacArthur High School
Ridgemont Commercial Construction
Rogers O’Brien Construction
Skyline High School
Sleepy Hollow Homes
University of Oklahoma College of Architecture
About Dallas CASA
All children have the right to be safe. Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. For many of these children, their CASA volunteer is the only consistent, caring adult during a frightening, uncertain time. In 2018, Dallas CASA’s 1,420 volunteers advocated for 3,332 Dallas children. But at the end of the year, one out of five Dallas county children in foster care did not have a volunteer advocate. To learn more about advocating for abused children, call 214-827-8961 or visit dallascasa.org.