Cottages For Kids 2011 at Rosemary Beach Photos & Video
November 13, 2011 by Kurt Lischka
Cottages for Kids is a SoWal-sponsored, unique fundraising event that benefits Children's Volunteer Health Network, Inc., a faith based, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and under-insured children by facilitating free immediate access to medical, dental and mental health care.
With tremendous imagination and craftsmanship, builder's and architects come together to create, construct and decorate whimsical cottages that look like they have popped out from the pages of a fairytale to modern creations brimming with creativity.
Children's Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently held one if it's most popular annual events, Cottages for Kids, which raised over $13,000 to help local uninsured and underinsured children gain access to medical, dental and mental healthcare. Three cottages were brought from dream to reality by area builders, architects and designers then displayed on the beautiful lawns of Rosemary Beach on Highway 30-A throughout the month of November.
The builders included Velvet Sun Builders, Randy Wise Homes and Davis Dunn Construction. The event encourages builders to work with others in the community to create new ideas each year. The Freeport High School Key Club and Solar Energy Tech Class played a major role in building the Sea Plane, while Studio : A : Architecture and Andrea Plunk helped create the Popsicle Cottage which delivered popsicles to children throughout the event.
The Tadpole Cottage displayed bunk beds, fun kid's décor and entertained kids in two sections connected with a deck in front. Each builder team invested time, talent and some elbow grease to design, build and display their cottages. All materials were donated by the teams and area businesses.
Director, Zach Billingsley says, "This event exemplifies exactly what this community is about. Giving people from all walks of life coming together to share their talents to help create something that benefits those less fortunate. We had volunteers from age 15 to age 80, builder teams made up of high school students, and support from so many local businesses. Everyone had a great time, we received a lot of positive feedback and we're planning to grow the event in 2012."