On Saturday, March 23, nearly 150 fifth-graders from across the Delaware Valley competed in the sixteenth annual Build A House…Build A Dream contest for kids presented by Fox & Roach/Trident Charities and Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. This was a record number of attendees for the annual fundraising event and a wonderful turnout from the community. In this competition, students worked individually or in pairs to build their own three-dimensional, model dream home. Contestants then brought their models for display and judging at Church Farm School on March 23. Judges and spectators remarked at the extraordinary level of detail and ingenuity seen in this year’s houses, which included a house built with books, houses built in the trees, and houses built with green technology!

Congratulations to our winners!
1st place: Giana and Sofie from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary
2nd place: Sophia and Ceri from Garnet Valley Elementary
3rd place: Lila from Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary

The goal of Build A House…Build A Dream is to create awareness of the need for affordable housing throughout the Delaware Valley. The contest also raised over $20,000 to benefit Habitat home building programs for low-income families in Chester County. Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County has served 151 hard-working families and continues to build 2-6 houses a year.

We would like to thank Fox & Roach/Trident Charities for their continued support of the fundraising event and also Bill Henley, meteorologist at NBC10 Philadelphia, for emceeing the event. A BIG thank you to all the participants and their families for participating in this year’s event. You truly set the bar high for next year’s students! We’d also like to thank all the volunteers that came out to help setup, help students, judge homes and clean up after the event. We truly appreciate your time spent with Habitat for Humanity.

Another big thank you to all our corporate sponsors including Univest, Bentley Systems, PAX Partners of Raymond James, Bryn Mawr Trust, St. Gobain, RKL, The Martin Architectural Group, Giant, and Bernadon. Thank you to Church Farm School for hosting the event and NBC10 Philadelphia and YMCA of Greater Brandywine for being our event partners. Additionally, we had food, drink and raffle items donated by the following companies. A huge thank you to them as well! Downingtown BJ’s Wholesale Club, West Chester Philly Pretzel, Herrs Food Inc., Turkey Hill, Wawa, The Home Depot, Color Me Mine, Crayola, Currie Hair, Skin and Nails, Dave & Busters, Delaware Natural History Museum, Fellini Cafe, Oasis Family Fun Center, Palace Bowling, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Soul, Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Rock Gym, Picaboo, Reading Fightin Phils, Treehouse World, Tyler Arboretum and Walt Disney World.