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Williamson County CASA holds raffle for mini-home

For many of the youth involved with Williamson County CASA (WCCASA), a safe and permanent home is a luxury. But each day, the non-profit organization takes small steps to change that.

WCCASA advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system, and utilizes its 70-plus volunteer force to ensure that each receives a stable family to return to each night. This summer, the organization is raffling off a 200-square-foot mini-home—equipped with amenities like electricity and air condition—in a two-fold plan to both secure funding to further its mission and to bring the plight of child abuse to the forefront of public attention.

Since July 1, the 2013 CASA Playhouse, presented by Twice Daily, has sat in front of Dotson’s and across from Puckett’s Boat House on East Main Street in downtown Franklin; a constant reminder of WCCASA for the more than 18,000 people that drive by the two restaurants each day. For $20, the public can place their name in a hat to win the one-of-a-kind building, valued at $17,000. With the ticket purchase, individuals also receive a coupon for one free coffee or fountain drink of any size at any Twice Daily or Daily’s. In addition, Coyne Oral Surgery is a supporting sponsor for the benefit. 

“This extraordinary playhouse presents significant imagery to remind us that ultimately we want every child in a safe and permanent home,” said Danielle McMorran, director of development and public relations. “This past year, 73 dedicated CASA volunteers worked tirelessly to serve 313 abused and neglected children and the funds we raise from this raffle will help us to continue with our mission.”

Tickets for the raffle may be purchased online at or through the Williamson County CASA office by calling 615-591-2699, ext. 2 or emailing Tickets will also be sold at both Puckett’s Boathouse and Dotson's restaurant, as well as the Williamson County Fair (Aug. 2-10) and at the Playhouse display, each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Playhouse was professionally designed by Walter Kiskaddon at Kiskaddon + architects, plc and built by Rob Johnson at Johnson Custom Homes, LLC.  It includes full wiring for lights, sockets and air conditioner, and a loft space. In addition, the structure has a removable slide, Dutch door, working sealed windows, custom painting and stain, chalkboard wall, tongue and groove flooring, insulated bead board wall, and composite roof. 

McMorran said the playhouse ceiling height is conducive to adults, allowing for multiple uses such as a potting shed or art studio.

Building and Design Sponsors include: Johnson Custom Homes, LLC, Kiskaddon + architects, PLC, Alex and Kris Marks, Outdoor Classic Structures, LLC, Silver Spoon Concierge, LP Building Products, Builders First Source, Roofing Supply Group of Nashville, LLC, Sherwin Williams, Erickson Interiors, Edison Garcia, Dale, Inc., M & M Construction, David & Jessica Vitek, CertainTeed, Hammer Electric, Fisher & Arnold, Inc, Central Woodwork, Edge, Discount School Supply. The organization extends a special thanks to Johnny and Tyler Ring with Tenn. Contractors for moving the structure. 

The winner will receive free delivery up to 5 miles from location, to be placed on pre-approved area. All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales provide crucial funding to WCCASA.  The drawing will be held Sept. 6 and the winner will be notified immediately. 

For sponsorship opportunities, email McMorran at
For information, visit

Posted on: 7/24/2013


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