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Mid Missouri Donates $20,532 to Playground

Mid Missouri Credit Union (Fort Leonard Wood) has donated more than $20,500 to the new “Little Heroes” military themed, all-access playground to be built in Waynesville.

“Mid Missouri Credit Union and their donation of $20,000 to the Little Heroes Playground provided a great jump start to fundraising,” says Luge Hardman, mayor for the City of Waynesville.

Credit union employees raised $532 of the money at OktoberFest in Downtown Waynesville. They sold hot dogs and sodas at a booth during the event. The Mid Missouri Credit Union’s Board of Directors approved an additional $20,000 to sponsor a piece of equipment, Croaker the Frog, which will sit at the playground’s entrance. The donation was presented to the City of Waynesville at its city council meeting on December 18.

“On behalf of the Waynesville Park Board, we are extremely grateful for the generous donation of $20,000 given by the Mid Missouri Credit Union," says Jesse De Graftenreed, chairman of Waynesville Park Board. "MMCU has always been a great organization to help better our community. MMCU leads the way again by sponsoring Croaker the Frog with their donation."

The playground is set to begin construction in 2016 by Unlimited Play. Unlimited Play is an award winning, non-profit organization that builds universally accessible playgrounds to promote health and wellness while transforming communities by providing the freedom of play for all children and families.

Unlimited Play was founded in 2003 by Natalie and Todd Blakemore. The nonprofit was inspired by the Blakemores' son, Zachary, who was unable to play on standard playgrounds. Their mission was to build the community’s first universally accessible playground in Lake St. Louis. After opening what soon became a destination playground, the need for more playgrounds like Zachary’s quickly became apparent. 

Caption: Mid Missouri's Board of Directors presents a $20,000 check to Little Heroes Playground.