Community - June 15, 2011

Playhouses raise $500,000 for Rebuilding Together

by Caitlin Moyles

Stanford Shopping Center set the stage for 15 custom-made playhouses, ranging in themes from a classic firehouse to Dr. Seuss. The playhouses helped raise $500,000 for Rebuilding Together Peninsula at the 10th Dreams Happen gala and playhouse auction, which was hosted at the shopping center on June 4.

Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit dedicated to rehabilitating homes and facilities for low-income families.

This year, Dreams Happen drew 350 attendees, said spokesperson Kate Comfort Harr. The highest winning bid was $60,000 for an outpost-themed playhouse designed by Arcanum Architects and built by Behrens-Curry Homes.

The live auction was held in the shopping center's main pavilion with NBC 11's Diane Dwyer as emcee, she said. Guests also partook of an indoor cocktail and dinner hour catered by Stanford Shopping Center restaurants.

Dreams Happen has raised about $3 million for Rebuilding Together Peninsula since its inception in 1993, Ms. Harr said. A 30-person committee, consisting mostly of members of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, organized the event. Michelle Kirsch and Lisa Pedersen co-chaired the event.

Visit for more information about Dreams Happen.


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