Local Contractor and Anonymous Donor Make Huge Contributions to the Pirate Playground Project

22 Sep

8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. recently eclipsed the halfway point of our fundraising effort to build Pirate Playground.  “We have received a number of donations in recent weeks which have taken us to a new level” says Aaron Morgan, President of 8 Flags Playscapes, Inc.  “The closer we get to our goal, the easier it is to raise the funds necessary for the construction of Pirate playground”.

Clayton Buchannan, owner of Buchanan Builders, Inc., donated his services valued at $25,000 which is the largest single contribution to date.  Mr. Buchanan stated, “I support this project because this is good for the community and good for the kids.”  Mr. Buchannan will serve as the General Contractor for the Pirate Playground Project. 

Pirate Playground also received a pledge in the amount of $14,000 from an anonymous donor which is intended to cover concrete expenses and will be used for curbing, sidewalk, and surfacing. 

The combination of these donations and an earlier donation of site prep by John E. Myers has moved the project into a new phase. Plans are now underway to start construction in late fall.

Additionally, 8 Flags Playscapes received commitments for several $1000 “Dreams” after a presentation by Ingrid Harding at the Nassau Medical Society banquet.  Ingrid, who has a daughter with Rett Syndrome, spoke to the group about the importance of this playground to her family.  During the presentation, Ingrid emphasized, “For hundreds of kids in this county, their only dream is that their wheelchair will roll up to it (the playground), or the swing will be wide enough to keep them safe and they will not fall out.”  You can hear Ingrid’s recent talk regarding the importance of the playground at  www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWr9kqmv9lg .

The Pirate Playground Project is proud to recognize support from many local and national organizations including:  The City of Fernandina Beach , Wolfson Children’s Hospital,  the NFL,  the Jacksonville Jaguars,  the Heal Foundation, Gillette and Associates, Fidelity Information Systems, Rayonier, and many individuals throughout the country and the local community.

“This Project is an opportunity to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Pirate Playground will be a place for all children to play, regardless of ability,” says Aaron.  Opportunities for in-kind support still exist.  There is a need for organizational sponsorship of cement, building materials, and fencing. Additionally, 8 Flags Playscapes is in need of monetary donations.  $1000 donors are recognized by having a pennant placed on the Dream Pole located in front of Atlantic Recreation Center and also in a permanent place once the playground is built.  8 Flags Playscapes, Inc. is a registered 501(C)(3). Donations to the project are tax deductible.  For more information, call or e-mail Aaron at 904-335-7253 and 8flagsplayscapes@gmail.com.

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