Several recent donations helped push the Foundation over the $1 million mark, including — Marietta-based The Georgia Ballet’s DanceAbility program, the Morning Fitness program at Lewis Elementary School in Kennesaw, the Vaughan Elementary School playground in Powder Springs, the East Cobb Park playground, City of Acworth playground, the PTA Safe Play Area at Shiloh Elementary in Snellville, the Henry County Parks and Recreation Special Olympics, North Metro Miracle League’s Camp Collinswood and Wheelchairs 4 Kids.
Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick, president of the Foundation and co-president of Resurgens Orthopedics, says the entire board and all of the Foundation’s supporters view this work as essential and something that directly impacts the future of Atlanta’s children.
A portion of the funds raised has come from Resurgens’ own employees, who are also passionate about the work the foundation does. The employee donations — excluding physician donations — have amounted to $55,000 raised through individual office initiated fundraising efforts such as bake sales, sports bracket competitions and “jeans days.”
The Foundation believes outdoor, physical play is vital to every child’s healthy development, and that all children, regardless of ability, should have access to stimulating and challenging play spaces. To this end, the Foundation’s goal is to help construct one all-abilities playground each year. These playgrounds are specially designed for children — and parents — with physical or mental disabilities, as well as non-affected children.
Since 2001, the Foundation has funded 17 all-abilities playgrounds across the Atlanta area with a few more planned for the next year.