|Rain or Shine, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, The Homeless Families Foundation and KaBOOM! To Build New Community Playground at Dowd Education Center|
Bianca Ryan, reigning America's Got Talent Champion, Along With Over 200 Volunteers Team Up for One Day Project
ST. LOUIS (June 15, 2007) – On June 20, more than 200 beary special volunteers from Build-A-Bear Workshop®, The Homeless Families Foundation and organizers from KaBOOM! will break out tools to construct a new state-of-the-art community playground. The play space will be built at The Homeless Families Foundation Dowd Education Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Rain or shine, the pawsome playground will be constructed in one day. Volunteers will begin at 8:30 a.m. and by 2:30 p.m. the new playground will be completed! The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 3 p.m., led by Bianca Ryan, reigning America's Got Talent Champion, to commemorate completion of the new play area and a dream come true!
The playground will have colorful slides, rock walls, swings and much more for the children in the community who currently do not have a place to play. The playground was designed based on input from the children of The Homeless Families Foundation. In April during a special Design Day, they put crayon to paper to draw their dream playgrounds for KaBOOM! planners.
As part of its 10th birthday cele-bear-ation, Build-A-Bear Workshop® is providing both financial and volunteer resources for this playground build. Build-A-Bear Workshop will build 10 playgrounds in 10 cities including: Columbus, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Houston, Toronto, Boston, Denver, Salt Lake City, Dallas and St. Louis.
“In celebration of our 10th birthday this year, we wanted to enhance our giving efforts in a special way by providing something special to the children and the communities in which we are located,” said Maxine Clark, founder and chief executive bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop. “What better way to do that than to give them a place to play, dream and be creative!”
To help build these furbulous playgrounds, Build-A-Bear Workshop partnered with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization whose vision is to create a great place to play within walking distance of every child in North America.
"KaBOOM! is thrilled to be partnering with Build-A-Bear Workshop on these 10 unique projects that will give thousands of children across North America a great place to play within walking distance," said Darell Hammond, CEO and co-founder, KaBOOM!.
Together KaBOOM! and Build-A-Bear Workshop chose a community partner in each of 10 cities that lacked the resources to build a playground on their own.
“In 2006, HFF served 463 homeless children,” said Casey Clark, HFF Trustee. “Now, thanks to Build-A-Bear Workshop and KaBOOM! we will be able to provide a fun and safe outdoor environment for HFF homeless children, homeless children from other local shelters and at risk children.”
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