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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.

About Fairytale Brownies

Fairytale Brownies is a mail order brownie company whose mission has been to spread joy and simplify gift giving since 1992. Every batch is baked by hand using a 55-year-old secret family recipe. The treats are all natural, and baked with the finest ingredients. Each brownie, cookie and bar is individually wrapped and certified kosher for dairy. Fairytale Brownies gifts are shipped worldwide.

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