While many non-profit organizations have endured a financial drain in the economic downturn, the Lily Pad SANE Center, a rape crisis and child advocacy center, has conversely been dealt an overwhelming sense of help and generosity from the Albany community. On Nov. 5, eight spectacular playhouses called Houses that Hope Built will be auctioned at the Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Lily Pad.
“Local contractors built and donated the playhouses for our live auction. In the beginning, I hoped for a few playhouses but contractors, organizations and businesses from around Georgia have come together for a great cause and have built eight playhouses,” said Caitlyn Cooper, chief development officer for the center. “The playhouses built by eight contractors and decorated by area civic clubs and organizations are truly amazing with their own personality and style. Over 300 volunteers have come together for the creation of these houses.”
The contractors picked a theme for each playhouse. Themes include a train depot, Southern plantation, cottage, cabin house, playhouse floating on a lily pad, and a UGA dawg-house.
“We decided to get involved in Houses that Hope Built because of the Lily Pad’s compassionate service to some of Southwest Georgia’s most fragile citizens — our women and children,” said Stephen Dew of Pellicano Construction Co.
The Lily Pad provides forensic exams and interviews for children and adult victims of sexual assault and abuse in 25 counties in Southwest Georgia and manages a 24-hour, seven-day crisis line. On average, the Lily Pad annually responds to 1,000 primary victims of sexual assault and child abuse.
“Our firm was more than willing to put in the hours to build a playhouse in the hope that our gesture would make southwest Georgia a safer place for our families,” Dew said.
At the Houses that Hope Built fund-raiser, a silent auction full of great prizes for all ages will start at p.m., and the live auction begins at 8 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the Hollywood Band. For tickets or information, call the Lily Pad at 435-0074.