ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 17 Before the sun set today, thechildren who call Devereux Florida home got a new and safe place to play.
The new playground, which was fully assembled from scratch in less thaneight hours, was built with the help of more than 250 volunteers from theCentral Florida Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge dealers; Chrysler LLC; TheChrysler Foundation; Chrysler Financial; Devereux Florida representatives;organizers from KaBOOM!; and residents of the local community.
"The Central Florida Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealers are very excited tohave the opportunity to provide a playspace for these very special children,"said Mike Smith, President, Orlando Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Director of theDealer Advertising Association. "The Orlando community has been good to all ofus for many years and it is great to be able to give back."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in August.Local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! andChrysler to design their "dream" playground. The children's drawings were usedto create the final playground design.
"This playground will serve not only as a place for our children to havefun, but also as a way for them to escape their daily stresses and just be akid again," said Steven Murphy, Devereux Florida Executive Director.
When one of the Devereux residents was asked what this new playgroundwould mean to her and the other children, she said, "When we have visitors,like our little brothers and sisters, we will be able to go to the playgroundand share a great time together."
The project is the 15th of 25 playgrounds scheduled to be built across thecountry this year by KaBOOM!, The Chrysler Foundation, and Chrysler, Jeep andDodge dealers. The playground is also one of more than 225 builds KaBOOM! willlead across the country this year in an effort to provide an enjoyable placeto play within walking distance of every child in America.
Established in 1987 in Viera, Devereux Florida is licensed by theDepartment of Children & Families and is accredited by the Joint Commission onAccreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Devereux Florida is the largestnon-profit provider of mental health, developmental disabilities and childwelfare services to children and families in Florida. Devereux Florida touchesthe lives of over 5,000 children on any given day and serves over 13,000families on an annual basis. Headquartered in Orlando, Devereux Florida servesthe entire state with locations in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard,Volusia, Duval, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Pinellas, Leon, Lee, Hillsborough,Broward and Dade Counties. Devereux Florida employs over 1,000 staff members,plus 100 contract professionals, to give specialized care and counseling tothose it serves. Devereux Florida is part of the national Devereux Foundation,established in 1912, which is one of the largest non-profit providers ofbehavioral health care in the nation.
The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation is the primary source of charitable grants made byChrysler LLC. The Foundation annually supports hundreds of charitableorganizations with an emphasis on community growth and enrichment, arts andculture, education, and youth development programs throughout the UnitedStates and, increasingly, the world. The Foundation's Good Neighbor, GoodCitizen(R) programs make a positive, lasting investment in local communitieswhere our employees, customers and neighbors live. Visitwww.thechryslerfoundation.com .
Chrysler Financial offers automotive financial products and services toboth dealers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles in the U.S.,Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. In addition to offering vehiclewholesale and retail financing to more than 3,500 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodgedealers, Chrysler Financial also provides fleet management and lines of creditto dealers. Currently, nearly three million drivers in the United States enjoythe benefits of leasing or financing with Chrysler Financial. ChryslerFinancial has an employee base of 4,000 and supports a global portfolio of $70billion. Visit corp.chryslerfinancial.com .
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization that envisions a great placeto play within walking distance of every child in America. Since 1995, KaBOOM!has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business andcommunity interests to construct more than 1,500 new playgrounds, skate parks,sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers avariety of resources, including an online community, regional and nationaltrainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play,which includes Playful City USA and the Playmaker Network -- a nationalnetwork of individual advocates for play. Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For moreinformation, visit http://kaboom.org .(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081017/CLF073-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081017/CLF073-b ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081017/CLF073-c )
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