A Tiny Gesture
A few years back on trip to Nantucket my wife and I came across a raffle to raise money for a local charity. One of the contractors on the island had built a little playhouse and donated it to raise money for a good cause. I thought to myself, my team could build a cute little house like that out of left over materials I was storing in my shop, and so we did!!!
In 2018 we built this tiny play house and raffled it off to raise money for the Myrtle H. Stevens Elementary School PTO in Rocky Hill, CT. At the time my daughter was in her final year there, my son had already moved on to the middle school, and I had been an alumni for a number of years that will have to remain unsaid.
As I said before the majority of the materials to build it were found collecting dust in my warehouse, with a few additional shingles and sticks donated by Country Lumber of Cheshire, CT. The labor to build it was almost entirely donated by Greg Byrnie of Byrnie Builders in Cromwell, CT and Rob Lee of Lee Builders, also of Cromwell. Painting was donated by Robert Gogoj of Robert G. Painting in Vernon, The building was moved to the winners home by Jeff Torello (a Stevens school alumni) of Torello Brothers Landscaping in Rocky Hill, and the professional photography (along with the actors!!!) was provided by Janine Fazzina Boudo (a Stevens alumni as well) of Bella Blue Photography.
Of course, not to be left out, I also roped my wife into this and made her responsible for all of the permitting and legalities surrounding holding a raffle in Connecticut, as well as creating the tickets, marketing the raffle, and staging the tiny house! Oh, and she pretty much single handedly sold all of the tickets.
All in all we sold 169 raffle tickets for $20 each, raising $3380.00. We had some expenses, for permitting, advertising, and misc. supplies, totaling a little over $500.00. So in the end we were able to raise $2871.13 for the Stevens PTO to be used toward the purchase of new playground equipment at the school. It was definitely a fun project, and who knows in another year or two we'll probably have enough miscellaneous stuff in our warehouse to build another one!!!!
- Location: Myrtle H. Stevens School, Rocky Hill, CT
- Status: Donated Spring 2018
- Style: Tiny House
- Architect: Nick Uccello, Uccello Development
- Interior Design: Nick Uccello, Uccello Development
- Square Footage: 48
- Bedrooms: 0.5
- Bathrooms: Small Pail
- Acreage: Postage Stamp