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Custom Dream Playhouse Gifted to Four Kosair Kids

Custom playhouse built for four kids through local collaboration were presented during this culminating Playhouse Reveal event

Through a unique collaboration between local businesses and non-profits, four Kosair Kids ® received custom-built dream playhouses. In its 9th consecutive year, this year two sets of siblings – Anistyn and Easton and Lola and Oliver – received playhouses on March 21 which were designed, built and decorated especially for their needs. The children are involved in every step of the process.

The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) teams with Youth Build Louisville, Kosair Charities, and many local businesses and builders each year to create playhouses which serve as a therapy-aide for continued strength and improve and enhance their quality of life.

“Alongside our builders, Eldridge Company and Miranda Construction, we are excited to once again be partnering with Kosair Charities, River City Bank and YouthBuild Louisville to provide a safe and fun place for these children to play and dream,” said Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville.

About the 2019 Recipients

The Rosenbaum Family

Lola and Oliver Rosenbaum: Both Lola (8) and Oliver (6) have Down syndrome. Oliver is dual-diagnosed with moderate to severe Non-Verbal Autism. The Rosenbaum’s feel that a playhouse will help promote Lola and Oliver’s physical, cognitive, learning, visual, low muscle tone, and hearing experiences all while playing. In addition to traditional therapy, the playhouse will provide continued therapy play in the comfort of home. The children are served by Down Syndrome of Louisville and Visually Impaired Preschool Services.

The Hurst Family

Anistyn and Easton Hurst: Anistyn (7) and Easton (5) were both born with cystic fibrosis. This disease is caused by a defective gene that creates a buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. A playhouse would encourage active outdoor play, with the movement helping prevent the build-up of mucous in their lungs and avoids persistent coughs. The playhouse will be themed as a superhero lair and assist in their lifelong battle against cystic fibrosis.

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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 operates under the Executive Committee of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville with the mission 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.

YouthBuild Louisville’s mission is to capitalize on the positive energy of young adults by helping them rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family. To learn more about YouthBuild Louisville, visit youthbuildlouisville.org.

Media Photo Opportunity this Thursday: December 14 – Sneak Peek of Kosair Kids® Playhouses

Building Industry Charitable Foundation, YouthBuild Louisville, River City Bank & Kosair Charities® Are Building Dream Playhouses for Two Deserving Kosair Kids®

WHAT: The Building Industry Charitable Foundation of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, in partnership with Kosair Charities, YouthBuild Louisville, and River City Bank will present the dream playhouses built for two very deserving Kosair Kids® during the “Revealing of the Playhouses” event upcoming March 22, 2018.

The construction of the dream houses began earlier this fall, and this Thursday the children selected will be able to preview the progress of their new dream playhouses for the first time. This is a wonderful opportunity for the media to interview the families and see the construction of the playhouses. 

WHEN:       Thursday, December 14 starting at 4:30 p.m.

WHO:       Playhouse Builders:  Scott Welch (Welch Builders, Inc.) and Tommy McKechnie  (Stonehenge Construction, LLC)       Interior Designers:  Lisa Lynn Designs & Lisa Steinbock (Steinbock Interiors, LLC)
Sponsors: River City Bank, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, Kosair Charities, and YouthBuild Louisville
Playhouse recipient: Ellie Kate Cook and her family
Playhouse recipient: Lucas Tucker and his family

WHERE:     YouthBuild, 800 South Preston Street Louisville, KY 40203

WHY:          The playhouses are designed, built and decorated especially for each recipient, and the children are involved in every step of the process. Registered builders and remodelers of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville (BIA) teamed up with local businesses to create playhouses that will not only enhance the child’s life, but will also serve as a therapy-aide for continued strength and improvement to their quality of life.

The playhouses are a perfect project for the foundation because it allows members of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville to use their talents and expertise to not only build something special for a deserving child and family, but also share their skills with the students of YouthBuild Louisville by mentoring the young people involved in the trades program.

The 2018 recipients are:

Ellie Kate Cook

Six-year-old Ellie Kate loves the color pink, princesses, farmhouses, barns, and horses. She was adopted from China at the age of 20EllieIMG_7831 months. Originally deaf, but with the help of cochlear implants, Ellie Kate has been able to hear for the past 3 years, but she is still behind. She began kindergarten this past year and while she struggles to keep up with her peers, she is making tremendous strides. Ellie Kate’s wonderful family includes two brothers ages 10 and 14, and her mom and dad are currently in the process of adopting another little girl with a hearing loss.  Her playhouse will expand her language capabilities, social, and play skills and will also benefit her new sibling with hearing loss.

Lucas Tucker

Diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth, seven-year-old Lucas has a larger than life personality. He loves meeting new people, stuffed animals, learning about new things, Michael Jackson and shoes, for which he has given a name to everyLucasIMG_7988 pair in his household. Lucas’s loving family includes two brothers ages 10 and 15. He has low muscle tone, cognitive and speech delay, and his new playhouse will assist him in the life skills he requires, muscle tone, social skills, and very importantly, his independence.

 

About the Building Industry Charitable Foundation: The Building Industry Charitable Foundation was granted 501(c)3 status in 2009. It operates under the Executive Committee of the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville with the mission 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. The Building Industry Charitable Foundation developed the playhouse project as a way to showcase the talents of the Association’s Registered Builder and Registered Remodeler members while providing a meaningful experience to local children and young adults through its partnerships with Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville.  For more information, visit BICFLouisville.org.

 

About YouthBuild Louisville: YouthBuild Louisville’s mission is to capitalize on the positive energy of young adults by helping them rebuild their communities and their own lives with a commitment to work, education, responsibility and family. YouthBuild aids unemployed and undereducated young people, ages 16-24, in building affordable housing for homeless and low-income families in their own communities. They split their time between the construction site and the classroom, where they earn their GED or high school diploma, learn to be community leaders and prepare for jobs or college. To learn more about YouthBuild Louisville, visit youthbuildlouisville.org.

 

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. Kosair Charities supports over 100 pediatric agencies in our community by donating funding for research, clinical services, health education and care every year. For more information please visit https://kosair.org or call 502.637.7696. Follow Kosair Charities on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.