Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
12:06 pm EDT
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Businesses, teams sought to build playhouses for children’s holiday gifts

Calling local businesses and teams to sign up to build and customize wood playhouses as a special holiday gift to children during the second annual Jingle Build-Off, a fun, team-building competition, hosted by Habitat of Humanity of Lake-Sumter.

The 2019 event was the inaugural Jingle Build-Off with First National Bank of Mount Dora winning bragging rights as the overall winner. Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty won for constructing the most creative playhouse; Florida School Nutrition Association Lake County Chapter earned the Team Spirit award; and Lowe’s won the First to Finish award. Also participating in the first build-off were BP Smith Construction, Lake County Eagles Aerie No. 4273, Data Graphics, and VoluntEARS.

“We have five spots available for the 2020 Jingle Build-Off,” says Lacie Himes, associate development director for Habitat, who notes the playhouses can be built by a team of up to 10 participants.

All of the building supplies, instructions, coaching, tools, paint, and paint supplies will be provided by Habitat. The cost for the team build is $2,500 with up to 10 participants or $1,500 for a youth build of a playhouse built by one to two adults, and up to eight youths.

Local businesses can also participate as presenting and signature sponsors of the Jingle Build-Off.

Teams can do offsite building of their playhouses at a location, date, and place of their team’s choice, or they may participate at the onsite building on Dec. 5 at The Square, 122 E. Main St., Tavares.

Families selected to receive a playhouse will be chosen through local schools and community members throughout Lake and Sumter counties. The playhouses will be designed to fit each child’s interests or special accessibility modifications, such as a wheelchair access.

After the playhouses are built, they will be on display in downtown Tavares as part of the city’s Christmas Celebration. The public will be able to view them online for one week as part of Habitat’s Virtual Christmas Village, which runs Dec. 5-8. Online voting will determine the winner of the Community Choice award for the public’s favorite playhouse and also the top winner of the Jingle Build Playhouse Pro’s award.

Winners of the 2020 Jingle Build-Off will be announced Dec. 9.

To learn more about the Jingle Build-Off, call Lacie Himes at 352.483.0434, extension 146 or via email: