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Playhouse raffle proceeds will benefit local charities through Windermere Foundation

COURTESY PHOTO - Grant Baker and Carl Exner built a playhouse not only to fit the theme of Windermere's parade float, but as incentive for others to give back. Windermere Sandy Real Estate sells hundreds of houses every year.

But this year, the group decided why put their business on hold during the Sandy Mountain Festival?

In an effort to give their part of the parade a homey feeling, Realtors Grant Baker and Carl Exner built a playhouse as the centerpiece of their float.

But the play structure isn't just for show — it's also a mechanism of altruism. Raffle tickets are on sale, and will be sold throughout the festival, from Windermere, 38720 Proctor Blvd., Suite No. 101, for a chance to win the little house and rehome it in your yard.

Proceeds from the playhouse will go into the Windermere Foundation to be distributed on a case-by-case basis to local nonprofit groups.

"This is a new idea," Baker noted. "We're trying to draw awareness to housing needs and also do something (for the community)."

In the past, Windermere has made a tradition of hosting community service days during which the staff cleanup sections of the highway they are responsible for through the Adopt-a-Road program. The company has also donated to the Sandy swimming pool, the Sandy Community Action Center, backpacks for kids, community services and sponsored families in need at Christmas time.

Raffle tickets are $1 each, $5 for six or $10 for 12 tickets.

"Windermere Sandy Real Estate brokers donate a portion of their commission to the Windermere Foundation," added Sandy Windermere Principal Broker and Owner Therese Fleischman. "The foundation is governed in Seattle but all the monies donated come back to the local community. It specifically helps children and families. Windermere loves to support the local community as a way of giving back and to thank the community for supporting us.

"We love living and working in the Sandy community and love helping new residents find homes where they can be part of this wonderful community."

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