In total, the City raised $14,680 for 15 local nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, The Lord’s Place, Inc., and Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, among others.
West Palm Beach, Fla. (July 27, 2018) –
The City of West Palm Beach’s annual “Summer in Paradise
” (S.I.P.) campaign went out with celebration and cheer at the most recent Clematis by Night as guests at the waterfront event bid on the summer-long art installation, the “Fairy Tale Playhouses.” In partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the playhouses aimed to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing while also being a source of summer fun for young children. The child-sized homes, painted by local artists and depicting popular fairy tales from all over the globe, made their debut on June 7 and were sent off with much fanfare, as each playhouse was auctioned off in support of a pre-assigned charity. In addition, corresponding mailboxes were also auctioned. In total, the City raised $14,680 for 15 local nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, The Lord’s Place, Inc., and Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, among others.
“We are so pleased with the success of Summer in Paradise this year,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “This campaign has brought awareness to the importance of affordable housing in our community. It has also provided an opportunity to spotlight and support the great work of our local nonprofit partners and local artists, who came together for this inspiring installation.”
In addition to the action-packed auction, the “Jack and the Beanstalk” playhouse by artist Frank Navarrete was named the favorite playhouse, as voted by visitors. During the display of the installation, visitors had a chance to support a playhouse of their choosing by putting chips inside the playhouse’s corresponding decorated mailboxes. In the end, “Jack and the Beanstalk” won with more than 1,000 votes. To top it all off, attendees took a final “sip” of the other free and fun Summer in Paradise activities, including “StoryVille,” where children made their own fairy tale, and “FlaminGo Croquet,” complete with flamingo mallets and oversized “Mad Hatter Teacups,” which were once car tires that were upcycled into cup and saucer sets.
“Through the building, display and auction of the playhouses we put unity in community and spread a tremendous amount of good will – and good fortune,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “The live auction during the Summer in Paradise finale was surely exciting – and supported 15 great local causes.”
This year’s summer fun also extended beyond the shore, as fans of the “Fairy Tale Playhouses” got their additional fill by visiting two more child-sized homes. The “Thumbelina” house, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Frankie Cihi, was sponsored by Related Companies and delighted small shoppers while on display on the square at CityPlace. At the end of the summer, it will be donated to Quantum House. For more information, please visit: cityplace.com/community
Visitors who went to the Palm Beach Outlets during the summer had a chance to win their own playhouse by registering to participate in the drawing of the Go Coastal Playhouse painted by artist Melissa Rinaldi on display there. The drawing took place the day after the live auction on Friday, July 27.
For more information about “Summer in Paradise,” and other City of West Palm Beach events, visit wpb.org/events
, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch.
In addition to Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, participating nonprofits included: Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches, Inc., Autism Speaks, Children Seen and Heard, Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Police Athletic League of West Palm Beach, Take Heed Theater Company, Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County, The Arc of Palm Beach County, The Lord’s Place, Inc., United Way of Palm Beach County, Urban Youth Impact, and Vita Nova, Inc.
Local artists included: Steve Brouse, Marcos Conde, Sylvain Copon, Jason Fleurant, Freddy Hennevelt, William Joyner, Jr., Batia Lowenberg, Grace McGann, Craig McInnis, Erick Marquez, Mayling Pao, Melissa Mastrangelo, Frank Navarrete, Missy Pierce, and Renata Rodrigues.
SIP Fairy Tales included:
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, North America; The Boy and the Dragon, Canada; The Frog Princess, Poland; Rapunzel, Germany; Cinderella, Germany; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Germany; Ugly Duckling, Netherlands; Jack and the Beanstalk, UK; The Three Little Pigs, UK; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Asia; The Adventures of the Little Peachling (or Momotaro), Japan; Anansi, and the Turtle: Jamaican Folk Tales, Jamaica; The Little Mermaid, Denmark; Beauty and the Beast, France; and Pinocchio, Italy.
To see how they were paired, visit: www.wpb.org/Departments/Waterfront/Community-Events/Summer-in-Paradise
Discover the Palm Beaches, The Palm Beach Post, Palm Beach Daily News, Hilton West Palm Beach, WPBF News 25, 97.9 WRMF, SUNNY 107.9, 103.1 WIRK, X 102.3, Beatz 96.3, News Talk 850 WFTL & 640 The Hurricane Sports Radio, Chick-fil-A Palm/Treasure Coast, West Palm Beach Marriott, Jet Ride, Jimmy Johns, The Town of Palm Beach, Rhythm and Hues, Related Companies, All Kids Entertainment, and WPB Magazine.
About the City of West Palm Beach’s Summer in Paradise:
“Summer in Paradise” is a partnership between the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation a Division of Community Events, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Arts & Entertainment District, Visit Palm Beach, Palm Beach Outlets, SkyBike, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Magic Garden to showcase West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment, shopping, dining and overall fun. “Summer in Paradise” collectively includes two months of events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach from June 7 – July 26.