UNION — Support for the construction of the Miracle League of Union County’s “ALL Star Park” at the Timken Sports Complex continues to grow with a donation from the youth department of a local church.
In a statement released Tuesday, Miracle League of Union County Executive Director Amy Austin announced that the MLUC had recently received a donation from the Jeter Chapel A.M.E. Church Youth Department. Austin said the church’s Youth Department had a “Super Bowl of Caring” event where the attendees were asked to donate $1 each to a good cause. She said that a total of 42 people attended the event, donating a total of $42 which was in turn donated to the MLUC for its “ALL Star Park” which is currently under construction.
“The Miracle League of Union County is very thankful to the youth of our community for supporting the ALL Inclusive Playground project so that everyone has an opportunity to play and make memories with their families and friends,” Austin said in thanking the Jeter Chapel A.M.E. Church Youth Department for their donation.
The ALL Star Park, which will be located next to the MLUC baseball field at the Timken Sports Complex, will be designed to provide play and recreation for everyone including children and adults with disabilities or diseases like multiple sclerosis, older adults with physical challenges, injured veterans, and children with Autism.
The donation from the Jeter Chapel A.M.E. Church Youth Department is the latest in a series of a donations from industries, businesses, churches, groups and individuals in support of the construction of the ALL Star Park. Donations have been made to and fundraising events held on behalf of the MLUC and its efforts to build the playground since the beginning of 2016. That support includes:
• A $75,000 grant from the Timken Foundation which came with the promise of another $75,000 grant if the MLUC was able to raise matching funds by the middle of 2016. The MLUC was able to raise that match through donations and fundraising events and has received the second grant.
• A $10,000 donation from the Union Rotary Club.
• A $5,000 donation from Barbara Rippy donated at the groundbreaking for the playground in May.
• A $1,000 donation from Jonesville Baptist Church.
In addition to the donations, there have also been fundraising events sponsored by the MLUC and other groups in support of efforts to raise the match for the Timken grant and the balance of the cost of the project.
• Music and Miracles Community Fun Day sponsored by WBCU in July which raised $4,500.
• Passion For Fashion fashion show sponsored by the MLUC in September which raised $934.
• The auctioning off of the gold-painted shovels used in the May groundbreaking ceremony. Suggested by Rippy, the auction of the shovels raised a total of $1,700.
All these funds, including the $42 donated by the Jeter Chapel A.M.E. Church Youth Department, are going towards paying for the construction of the playground which is projected to cost $350,000.
While construction of the playground recently got under way, Austin said that financial support from the community is still needed and being accepted to cover all remaining costs.
“The ALL Star Park is being constructed now and more funds will be needed for final touches,” Austin said.
Individuals, churches, church groups, civic groups, businesses, and industries interested in donating to the construction of the Miracle League of Union County’s ALL Inclusive Playground project are asked to please contact Amy Austin at 864-466-7879.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.