What you see here is the playhouse I really wanted from the CASA Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center. Unfortunately, I didn’t win it. Nor did I win any of the other five I submitted raffle tickets for. New strategy for 2012: Decide which house I want, then drop all six raffle tickets into one box, thereby increasing my chances.
Here’s the good news: Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates spokeswoman Katy Seitzler reports that the 2011 Parade of Playhouses raised $188,000, a huge increase over last year’s haul of $142,000. That increased total includes the winning bid of $8,500 for a nautically themed playhouse, the only one in the parade that was put up for auction.