Browyn Owens, 11, of Walker, got a big surprise last week when she found a fancy, custom-made playhouse in her backyard.
The playhouse, valued at $22,000, was the grand prize in Capital Area CASA Association’s annual Casas for CASA fundraiser.
The fundraiser raised nearly $93,000 during the raffle, held July 25 through Aug. 16, a news release said.
Amy Owens, Browyn’s mother, was the winner of the 2015 playhouse, and lives in Walker with husband, Raymond. They are also the parents of Brenna, 20, and Bailee, 18.
“I couldn’t believe it when (CASA) called, because I just bought the tickets. It was unbelievable. I was sitting at the table shaking I was so excited,” Amy Owens said.
After eyeing CASA playhouses year after year, Browyn had always hoped to win. So when Owens got the call, she and her husband decided to surprise their daughter.
“We did everything we could to keep her from seeing it until it was all set up,” Owens said.
While Browyn was at school, Faulk and Meek General Contractors delivered and assembled the playhouse in the family’s backyard.
“When I got home … I walked outside, and I saw the playhouse. I was super excited,” Browyn said.
Capital Area CASA Association is a nonprofit that recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected youths in East Baton Rouge Parish in need of safe, permanent homes through its court appointed special advocates program.