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Thanks to those who supported Inclusive Playground

Dear Editor: Wabash’s Inclusive Playground committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our “$50K in 50 Days” Patronicity crowdfunding campaign.  Your donations during this time helped the Inclusive Playground earn a $50,000 match from the CreatINg Places program, a partnership between Patronicity and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.  We received so much support during this campaign and wanted to show our appreciation to everyone who helped make it happen.  Aside from making donations, we want to thank everyone who supported our efforts by attending our fundraisers and events, sharing our posts on social media, participating in our contests and generally helping us to keep the spirit of our campaign alive during those 50 days.

A special thanks to all of the businesses and organizations that hosted fundraisers during our “$50K in 50 Days” campaign including Harvey Hinklemeyers, Wellbrooke of Wabash, Culver’s, Modoc’s Market, Goodfellas Pizza, Charley Creek Inn, Knights of Columbus, The Noisemaker, The Access, Stella & Dot consultant Krissy Cunningham, Nerium consultant Natalie Unger and Thirty-One consultant Kari Johnson.  Thanks also to Chapman’s Wabash for allowing us to host our family game night at their taproom, Smokin’ For a Cause for providing the food for that event, and Servisoft Ecowater for providing water for that event.

Additionally, we would like to say thank you to our local elementary schools for holding “Pennies for Play” fundraisers. OJ Neighbours Elementary, Southwood Elementary, Metro North Elementary, Sharp Creek Elementary and St. Bernard Elementary all hosted the “Pennies for Play” competitions. Collectively the schools raised an astounding $12,000 from those fundraisers. Southwood Elementary also hosted a fundraiser event that helped boost their total funds collected to more than $6,400. The generosity of these kids and their families is truly amazing, and their efforts go to show that every penny counts. We also want to thank Northfield High School for donating the proceeds from their annual charity intramural basketball game and the Northfield Key Club for donating $1,000 to the campaign from fundraisers they held on our behalf. We are honored that these schools were willing to spend the time and effort to support our cause.

Finally, we would like to thank Patronicity and the IHCDA for this crowdfunding and matching opportunity that allowed us to finish out our fundraising and move towards the construction process that will make this dream of inclusive play a reality.

In starting this campaign, we were just hoping that the community would believe in this project and support us with $50,000 in donations so that we could get that $50,000 match. You all knocked it out of the park and your donations far exceeded our wildest expectations.  Donations were made both online through the Patronicity website and offline through the Community Foundation, the fiscal sponsor of the project. Our most recent funding report shows that our total raised from both online and offline donations was more than $89,000. The playground is now fully funded and construction should begin this spring. Should there be any remaining funds not used for construction, a maintenance fund will be created with those funds for future maintenance or repairs needed for this playground.

There are just not enough words of thanks to tell this community how grateful we are for your support. This playground will be your playground. We can’t wait to get it done for you to enjoy.

– Wabash’s Inclusive Playground committee