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Children’s playhouses judged for charity at expo Tuesday

A playhouse from a previous LIBI expo

A playhouse from a previous LIBI expo Credit: Long Island Builders Institute

Some of Long Island’s big names in residential building and contracting are thinking small as they submit entries for the best children’s playhouse at the 26th annual Long Island Builders Institute House, Trade & Remodeling Expo Tuesday.

Four playhouses constructed by Long Island companies will be evaluated by a panel of children and guest celebrities, including New York Islanders hall of famer Clark Gillies, DIY Network’s Million Dollar Contractor host Stephen Fanuka and HGTV Design Star Tyler Wisler. Three will go to local children’s charities, and one will be raffled off.

“They have been laboring every day on this for the last three weeks,” Mitchell Pally, chief executive of the Long Island Builders Institute, said of the participating builders. “They’re designed to provide hours and hours of fun for our young people.”

The Engel Burman Group, Alure Home Improvements and Tritec Real Estate will each submit a playhouse. The fourth, built by J. Ratto Landscaping, All-Ways Elevator and Long Island Home Builders Care Inc., the charity arm of LIBI, will be raffled.

The local charities that will receive playhouses are the Clark Gillies Foundation, Brookville Center for Children’s Services and Port Jefferson’s Rocketship Park. Judging begins at 7 p.m.

The expo, which is free to the public, takes place Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Long Island, 598 Broadhollow Rd., in Melville. For more information, visit

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