Danville Express

Newsfront - June 22, 2007

Playhouses yield $40,000 for Habitat

Four of the five playhouses that have been on display at Alamo Plaza were snatched up last weekend by socially conscious bidders. The Habitat for Humanity East Bay auction raised $40,000 and drew a gathering of about 100 on Saturday at a fundraiser for affordable housing.

"The houses looked great, the presentation was wonderful, and the turnout was pretty good. Any amount of money we can raise for Habitat is a blessing," said Alamo volunteer Kaylan Riley.

Volunteers said they hoped to raise more money, as this year's auction totaled half as much as previous years. All houses went to individual bidders, as opposed to schools or company purchases and a minimum bid was set.

"There is room for improvement," Riley said, adding they are thinking about ways to make the event work better in the future. Making people aware of the cause is a first step, she said. Results may have been related to people being busy with graduation and Father's Day events, volunteers said.

To purchase the fifth playhouse, a cube-like house with multi-colored panels, contact Maureen Saylor at Habitat for Humanity at (510) 251-6304.


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