Custom playhouse built for Jane, age 6, through local collaboration was presented during a safe, special reveal
Louisville, KY— June 31, 2020 — Through a unique collaboration between local businesses and non-profits, one lucky Kosair Kid ®, Jane Secrest, received a dream therapeutic playhouse, custom-built and designed for her needs. The playhouse was revealed last week to the family and virtually to the public this morning on the Kosair Charities Facebook page (view video and photos). Tom Waller Signature Homes led the project, constructed at the recipients’ home, on behalf of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA).
For 10 years, the BIA has collaborated with Kosair Charities, River City Bank and numerous BIA members to create playhouses which serve as a therapy-aid to improve and enhance quality of life for a Kosair Kid.
The Playhouse Project would not be possible without the support of the building community “Alongside our builder, Tom Waller of Tom Waller Signature Homes, we are excited to once again partner with Kosair Charities and River City Bank to provide a safe and fun place for this child to play and dream,” said Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.
Several BIA members have donated the building supplies and labor to build this year’s playhouse (see list below). Builder, Tom Waller said, “We as a community are so fortunate to have so many people that can step up and give their time and energy to make these things possible. It’s pretty amazing.”
About the 2020 Recipient:
Jane Secrest: Jane, 6, was adopted from China by the Secrest Family when she was three. Born with abnormally arranged organs, Jane endured multiple surgeries, attended countless therapy sessions, and received funds from the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program. Jane’s family recently learned there were no further interventions and she is now on home hospice care. “The playhouse will serve as incredible motivation for Jane to engage in play, both alone and with her siblings and peers,” said Kasie, Jane’s mom. “This is important for Jane’s health as she often doesn’t feel motivated to play due to her physical limitations, and can become quite disengaged.”
Special thanks to the follow Contributors:
Tom Waller Signature Homes
Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
River City Bank
PC Building Materials
Gonzalez Brothers Framing
Karista Hanna, Set the Stage
Phillip Osbourne Concrete
Alex Gonzalez Roofing
Scott Riggles Trim
Jones Landscaping + Design
Allstate Ready Mix
Louisville Spray Foam
Elder Heating and Air
MEDIA NOTE: Download video and photos. To schedule a time to interview the Secrest family, Juva Barber (BIA), Tom Waller (Tom Waller Signature Homes), Keith Inman (Kosair Charities), or David Hobbs (River City Bank) please notify Stephanie Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Organizations
Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.
Building Industry Charitable Foundation represents the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. The BICF mission is to use the talents, resources, and abilities of members of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville to improve the quality of life of special needs children and adults in the community. For more information, visit BICFLouisville.org.
More photos available upon request.