Although it was all work on March 31, there was plenty of play to match as 200 smiling volunteers gathered at Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix to help build a new playground with national nonprofit organization KaBOOM!. Funding partner Fairytale Brownies closed its bakery doors for the day so team members could help build a “dream playground” designed by the school’s students in January.
Inspiration to build the playground sprang from the longtime friendship between Fairytale co-founders David Kravetz and Eileen Spitalny, who met on the kindergarten playground in 1971.
“David and I are living our childhood dream,” Eileen said. “Every child deserves a chance to dream, and I believe it all begins on the playground.”
Eileen and David’s dream came true in 1992 when Fairytale Brownies was born with the mission to help make the world a sweeter place. Fairytale Brownies has been a proud partner of KaBOOM! since 2001, the national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive, assisting in efforts to raise over $242,000 for the organization to date. March’s build marks the second playground that Fairytale Brownies has built through its KaBOOM! partnership, raising 100% of the funds for each project.
“We wanted to mark our 25th anniversary by giving back more than ever and give the gift of play to the community where David and I grew up,” Eileen said.
In support of KaBOOM!, Fairytale Brownies hosted a fundraising initiative during the bakery’s annual Open House event in October 2016. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefitted Fairytale Brownies’ playground build fund. Additionally, a donation option for online purchases helped Fairytale Brownies raise nearly $98,000 for the Arizona Autism Charter School playground project, surpassing the fundraising goal of $95,000.
On build day, volunteers mixed 210 bags of concrete, moved 135 cubic yards of mulch, constructed a playground with eight different play parts, painted four murals, and built four planter benches, two adult picnic tables with play tops, two PVC soccer goals and a cornhole set. The project was completed after just five and a half hours of cheerful, spirited teamwork.
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