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Dallas CASA’s beloved Parade of Playhouses is bursting the real estate bubble this year, thanks to friends new and old.

KDC, a leading national real estate development and investment company with a penchant for good deeds, connected with Dallas CASA earlier this year about a new partnership that would make Parade of Playhouses more impactful.

A prior partnership with Dallas 24 Hour Club showed KDC the value of collaboration with others in the real estate community. More than 100 local companies joined KDC to provide financial support and services as KDC built a new facility for homeless men and women seeking a new life away from drugs and alcohol.

KDC wanted to bring the spirit of collaboration to a new nonprofit and saw the chance to make a difference with Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses. They stepped up to serve as parade grand marshal and brought many of their real estate friends along.

“Building big is what we usually do, but these little playhouses and the hopes they represent really captured our hearts and imaginations,” said Steve Van Amburgh, chief executive officer of KDC. “We hope working together with Dallas CASA will mean more children can have the safe, permanent homes they deserve. Values are the heart and soul of any great organization. KDC really admires what CASA is doing to help families and kids here in our city. That is why we’re jumping in to help and raise awareness and dollars for CASA. We are really excited to be a small part.”

Last year Dallas CASA’s 1,400 trained and supervised community volunteers advocated for 3,332 abused and neglected children living in protective care. For many children, their CASA volunteer was their only constant during a frightening and confusing time.

Presented by Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest Volvo, Parade of Playhouses is in its 24th year at NorthPark Center. With imaginative playhouses on display in the halls of NorthPark, the 17-day event is a key awareness opportunity for Dallas CASA. Playhouses are donated by generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals who hand-design and build each creation. Raffle tickets to win a house are sold online and at ticket tables throughout NorthPark Center.

KDC reached out to builders they work with and brought seven new houses to Parade of Playhouses, bringing the tentative number of houses for the 2019 event to 17.

KDC’s professional role is built-to-suit office facilities for companies looking to attract and retain top talent around the country. Notable KDC projects include Toyota Motor North America Headquarters in Plano and State Farm Cityline in Richardson, and the firm is currently finishing Pioneer Natural Resources’ new headquarters in Las Colinas.

This is the final weekend for Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center! Raffle drawing at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, July 28 in NorthPark's NorthCourt. All proceeds from sponsorships and raffle ticket sales benefit the abused children served by Dallas CASA.

Architects and builders include: Adolfson & Peterson Construction; Alliance Architects; Architecture Demarest; Austin Commercial, LP; Baker Triangle; The Beck Group; Butscher Construction; Coats Homes; Corgan; Crest Cadillac / Crest INFINITI / Crest Volvo; Gensler; HKS; Jeff and Jordan Kindig; Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.; LRO Residential; O’Brien Architects; Omniplan; Ridgemont Commercial Construction; Rogers O’Brien Construction; Sendero Consulting; Sleepy Hollow Homes; TDIndustries, Inc.; University of Oklahoma School of Architecture

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