Children’s playhouse to be built and auctioned for charity by Crye-Leike

Nashville, Tenn. – With the holiday season upon us and parade fever in the air, ever wondered what happens with most parade floats after the parade? Most are torn down, left as only fading memories in the eyes of its spectators. A few others are stored away, refreshed and reused for next year’s parade. The Crye-Leike, Realtors’ float in the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce’s December 10, 2000 parade will be turning an old tradition into a novel idea.

The sales associates at Crye-Leike, Realtors in Hendersonville, Tenn. felt in order for them to participate in Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce’s parade that they should use their time and materials wisely. They have planned to auction their specially-designed and custom crafted float after the parade on December 16 at Crye-Leike’s Hendersonville branch office, located at 383 Johnny Cash Parkway.

To compliment the parade’s theme, Home for the Holidays, Crye-Leike sales associates chose to build a children’s Victorian playhouse, valued at over $ 1,000 in building materials.

The 8 ft. by 8 ft. playhouse will be constructed on Friday, December 8, 2000 from

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by sales associates of Crye-Leike, Realtors at New Hope Construction’s warehouse, located at 40-E Industrial Park Drive in Hendersonville.  On Saturday, December 9, Crye-Leike sales associates will decorate the float for the parade after the playhouse has been positioned on a flat bed truck, donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse.

“Proceeds from the auctioned playhouse will be donated to Crye-Leike of Hendersonville’s favorite charity, New Hope Construction,” said Jan Page, managing broker of Crye-Leike’s Hendersonville office. “Russell Meade, founder and president of New Hope Construction, is a sales associate of our office. We have came to know and respect his relentless mission of providing low income families with affordable housing.”

“New Hope Construction is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that provides low-cost preframed house packages to churches and other 501c(3) organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Partner’s Inc.,” said Meade.  ” We design our own plans and, with the help of volunteers, the preframed walls are constructed at our Hendersonville facility and then shipped to the building site. Thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, who is a major supplier and donor of building materials and equipment, New Hope Construction’s services now extend into Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.”

For every 10 house packages New Hope Construction sells, they donate the 11th house package. “We have very strict requirements and guidelines for the organization receiving the donated house package. The recipient family’s income must be at or below the poverty level and not able to qualify for housing through an existing program within their current state of residency,” Meade said.

The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce Parade will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m. The parade will begin at Drakes Creek Park, proceed to East Main and conclude at Executive Park Drive. Over 100 entries are expected and Crye-Leike, Realtors was their first entry, reports chamber officials.

Crye-Leike (, the largest real estate company in Tennessee and the Mid-South, has 19 branch offices in the Greater Nashville area within Davidson, Maury, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties, along with two Tennessee franchises in Monteagle (Grundy County) and Pickwick Dam (Hardin County). Independently owned and operated, Crye-Leike’s sales volume of $3.3 billion in 1999 ranked it No. 10 among the nation’s top 500 residential real estate brokerage firms, as reported in May 2000 by REAL Trends Magazine.

For details on the Crye-Leike Victorian playhouse auction, contact Jan Page at Crye-Leike, Realtors in Hendersonville at 615/824-8008 or Russel Meade at New Hope Construction at 615/822-0111.