Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Prize From the CASA Parade of Playhouses


Butscher Construction Company built this recreation of the house from Pixar's "Up."
Butscher Construction Company built this recreation of the house from Pixar’s “Up.” It would look great in the Kollers’ backyard.

If you haven’t bought a raffle ticket for Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses at NorthPark Center, you have until 3 p.m. on Sunday to remedy the situation.

The Parade of Playhouses is an annual fundraiser for Dallas CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Generous corporations and sponsors build and donate the playhouses, which are raffled to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help abused children have safe, permanent homes.

Raffle tickets are $5 apiece, but $20 will get you five of them. My family and I used to spread our raffle tickets among five different houses, but for the past couple of years we’ve been playing the odds, i.e. setting our sights on one house in particular — such as this Texas Rangers model two years ago — and then putting all of our proverbial eggs in that basket. It hasn’t worked out for us so far, but this year we have our fingers crossed that we’re going to win a miniature version of the house from Pixar’s Up. So if you could place all of your raffle tickets in a different house’s box, my sons and I would really appreciate it.

What’s that? You’ve never seen Up? Well, grab some tissues before you watch this pivotal four-minute segment from early in the film.