Home Aid’s Project Playhouse is now in its 17th year. Home Aid is a great charity founded in 1989 by the Orange County chapter. They build houses for homeless families, so they can rebuild their lives.
Project Playhouse normally includes a house that is all Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (I didn’t pick the name and, in my opinion, it’s horrible that the MLB allowed them to change their name, but that is their official title). They’ve had some great designs over the years and if you look at the website you can see pictures of the houses from previous years.
This year, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had a house that was all Anaheim Ducks instead of the usual Angels. Due to the time commitment involved in creating these amazing little houses, when the Anaheim Ducks won the Cup last season, it was too late for a house to be created that year.
I’m not a Ducks fan, as anyone who has read my stuff on HockeyBuzz or listened to The Hockey Chicks knows. However, seeing a play house this amazing completely dedicated to the Anaheim Ducks was really great as a hockey fan.
When the Ducks won the Cup, a couple blocks from the Honda Center one could barely tell. Though the Ducks and other non-traditional market teams (like the Kings) have a dedicated fan base, it is rare to see signs of hockey outside of the immediate area surrounding the arenas (and sometimes you wouldn’t even know there’s hockey going on from a block away). I think all hockey fans can appreciate the way this house was put together – especially when you see the back yard setup, complete with mini roller rink and net.
If you live in the area, I encourage you to get to Fashion Island before the Project Playhouse auction. You can see the houses until October 11, so check it out. You can only go inside the first day every year, which is why I try to get there that day, but you can still see the amazing craftsmanship and donate to a worthy cause by visiting before October 11th.