Attic Angel Funds Custom Playground with a Purpose
A unique sensory playground with a purpose recently opened to help homeless children and others challenged by trauma, thanks to the efforts of Attic Angel Association. The philanthropic organization’s 130th birthday in 2019 was a chance for Madison’s Attic Angels to raise money for a gift to the greater community.
The Angels, as the members of the Association are called, hosted a community-wide birthday party in 2019 (called Life is a Playground!) that honored playfulness for all ages. Concurrently, they conducted a year-long fundraiser to build a special playground that meets a specific need for the mental health and development of young children.
They raised nearly $75,000 – an amount above and beyond their regular efforts that yield community gifts and grants each year. The recipient of the gift is The Playing Field early learning center in Madison, whose high-quality educational model integrates children of advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds in a way that “levels the playing field” to give all children the start they deserve. The custom-built play equipment helps children regulate their emotions and overcome the effects of life trauma.
Attic Angel member Barbara Berven and her husband, Norm, cut the ribbon to unveil the sensory play path at a grand opening celebration. The couple had provided a major matching gift that helped attract hundreds of other donors to the project.
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