At strategic places in Richmond and Berea, some dream playhouses are on display.

They are part of efforts by the home builders and Realtors of Madison County, along with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, to fight domestic violence and child abuse.

In the process, sponsors hope to fulfill the dream of a grand playhouse for some local children.

Home builders, Realtors and other businesses have built or sponsored seven “dream” playhouses with bases that measure 6x12 feet. They will be auctioned off at the chamber’s “Pops in the Park” event Aug. 19 at White Hall State Historic Site.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Partners in Prevention, a local agency that seeks to prevent domestic violence.

The playhouses are on display at several locations across the county. They can be seen and inspected in front of the Madison County Courthouse, Richmond First United Methodist Church, Jack Burford Chevrolet, Kroger and UBS bookstore in Richmond and Peoples Bank on Glades Road and Reynold’s Insurance on Chestnut Street in Berea.

“Each playhouse has its own unique design,” said Carolyn Reynolds Bogie of Reynolds Insurance, who represents the Madison County Home Builders Association.

“The playhouse on display in front of UBS on Lancaster Road in Richmond is built to look like a castle.”

“We’re calling this program ‘Dream a Little Dream’ for several reasons,” said Barbara Bentley of Partners in Prevention.

“Our dream is for every family to have safe, violence-free homes,” she said. Children also dream of having their own playhouse, and this program will help make that dream come true, too.

“All too often, violence isn’t something that’s restricted to streets of big cities,” Bentley said. “It can happen at home in the form of spouse or child abuse.”

The person responsible for this violence is usually a loved one such as a parent, guardian, sibling or spouse. In addition to physical injury, the victim is left feeling confused, betrayed, angry and, most of all, helpless, Bentley said.

Partners in Prevention is a community-based organization dedicated to preventing domestic violence and helping its victims.

“Partners in Prevention is very grateful to the Home Builders Association, the Madison County Board of Realtors, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and all sponsoring businesses for helping with the Dream and Little Dream program,” she said. “We look forward to the results of our playhouse auction.”

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

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