Cottages for CASA, a playhouse fundraiser that generates public awareness and funding to support the work of the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in a 10-parish region, has received help from local designers, builders, painters and community members to see the project through fruition.

Two playhouses were built this year, including the Double Decker, which was designed by the architectural design firm Holly & Smith. It was built through partnerships with Farm Bureau Insurance, Alack Refrigeration and Amar Oil Co., a news release from Child Advocacy Services said.

Supplies for the playhouse were donated by Gabriel Building Supply, and it’s on display at Hammond Square Mall.

The second playhouse, designed by Scairono and Martinez Architects, will be called Climb Aboard and was built by Fakouri Construction with supplies provided by Stine Lumber. It can be seen at Stine Lumber in Walker.

Community members can still get involved by buying or selling raffle tickets for the upcoming drawing.

“All children deserve a safe and permanent home,” said Ginger Cangelosi, community outreach director for Child Advocacy Services. “Anyone can help provide voice for children in our community. We appreciate the support of community volunteers and financial contributions of local business owners and individuals. This project would be impossible without their involvement.”

The drawing will be for a chance to win one of three prizes: the Climb Aboard playhouse, the Double Decker playhouse and a seven-night beach stay. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased by calling Cangelosi at (985) 902-9583 or online at The raffle will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at Hammond Square Mall.

Cottages for CASA generates public awareness and funding for Child Advocacy Services to provide services through its mission to give voice, healing and security to children. Training to become a court-appointed special advocate is ongoing; call (800) 798-1575 for information.