CLEVELAND, July 10 /PRNewswire/ – Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) received a brand new playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters(TM), BBC and non-profit KaBOOM! The new playground will serve more than 700 children and their families in the Cleveland community for years to come.
“Foresters is more than a life insurance provider,” said Bruce Burak, National Sales Manager with Foresters. “Foresters also invests in its members and in communities where they live, such as Cleveland. Foresters believes in creating opportunities for families to spend healthy time together, like the BBC playground we all built here together.”
Foresters, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, is funding 20 playground builds across North America in 2010.By investing $1.5 million in these projects, Foresters is partnering with KaBOOM! to build playgrounds that will eventually serve more than 150,000 children and their families.
The playground at BBC will provide more than 700 children and their families in the Cleveland community with a great place to play. In less than eight hours, the child-designed playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from Foresters, BBC and the surrounding community. In addition, children and families spent the day playing games and participating in arts and crafts activities. Playgrounds are an ideal place for families to get to know other families and build strong communities.
“We are excited that this play ground will complement all of the wonderful redevelopment that has taken place in this neighborhood”, said BBC’s Joy Johnson.
Thanks to the work of Foresters, BBC and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 3,040 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a climbing wall, a triple slide, and a suspension bridge.
About Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
The mission of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for residents of the Central, Garden Valley, and Kinsman neighborhoods of Cleveland by initiating and cultivating housing, retail, employment, and recreation opportunities through effective partnerships with residents, community groups, government, corporations and institutions.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the company is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,700 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, Foresters(TM) champions the well-being of families through quality life insurance, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than 675,000 members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada‡ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.
Foresters(TM) is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.
‡ Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Independent Order of Foresters