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Jingle Build-Off 2023: Wrapped Up In a Bow


Jingle Build-Off 2023 Playhouse Pros award winning Spiderman and Friends themed playhouse built by Garney Construction

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter’s Jingle Build-Off 2023 was a jolly success!

The fifth annual playhouse build competition, Jingle Build-Off, was held on Saturday, December 2nd and was the largest Habitat Lake-Sumter playhouse build to date.  This year, Jingle Build-Off teams created 24 individually designed playhouses gifted to children from Lake and Sumter Counties. Winning by a single vote, Garney Construction was crowned with the title of “Playhouse Pros” for the best playhouse for 2023 with their Spiderman and Friends themed playhouse.

Together, these 24 teams’ dedication to Jingle Build Off 2023 raised $60,942 towards new home construction for Lake and Sumter County!

Teams of every kind build the playhouses with us each year – corporate groups, faith congregations, youth and school groups, members of community organizations and groups of friends too. Each playhouse takes  3-4 hours to build and paint with the help of 8-10 volunteers on each team. The wood for each playhouse was pre-cut by volunteers and brought to the event site where it was built and decorated with the children’s dream themes creatively applied to the design.  This year’s competition entries were exceptional, with a beautiful tiny home, a space ship complete with control panels, a yellow schoolhouse with a ringing bell, a cafe and a coffee shop, a few imaginative mermaid and superhero themes, and even an ice cream party train! 

The playhouses were displayed in the heart of the Tavares Christmas Celebration in Town Square on the parade route and lined the pathway to Santa’s throne for the Tavares Holiday Celebration. Recipient families were selected through referrals from local schools and community members, and the families received their playhouses just in time for the holidays.

Community members were invited to view and vote for the playhouses online at www.HabitatLS.org with all of the proceeds going to support affordable housing in Lake and Sumter Counties. Online voting for Best Playhouse occurred for one week, with local employee owned GARNEY CONSTRUCTION announced as the winner of the “Playhouse Pros” title on December 12th, with 1,449 votes for their Spiderman and friends themed playhouse.  Congratulations to Garney Construction for their contributions to affordable housing in Lake and Sumter County.

This playhouse build not only provides special playhouses to 24 different families during the holiday season but raised funds towards building REAL affordable Habitat homes in Lake and Sumter Counties throughout the coming year!

Together this event encourages community engagement for affordable housing and empowers these kids to dream big when it comes to their futures!