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Swinging into the final phase

SHEFFIELD — The deadline for making donations to Sheffield’s Veteran’s Park Playground Project is approaching rapidly. All donations have to be received by the end of next January when the project closes.

There are a lot of ways to help donate before the January deadline arrives.

The project will have a telethon Oct. 17 at the Sheffield Community Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Callers will contact local residents to ask for a pledge. Callers will accept donations of any size, but those who offer $100 can get a memorial brick with their name on it.

A Trivia Night for the Playground Project is planned for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church Hall in Sheffield. The team registration fee is $100.

A raffle of gift baskets donated by local businesses with proceeds going toward the playground will be held during the Celebrate Sheffield.

Donations can also be made at the Sheffield Banking Center until the deadline date.

The project has received a lot pledges, but many still haven’t been fulfilled. Whatever total money the project receives will be used to purchase equipment next February. The plan is to install the playground equipment in the summer of 2014. The village has offered to help install the equipment.

Through various fundraisers over the past 18 months, the project has raised $30,000.

“We still need another $15,000 to purchase and install all of the planned equipment,” project volunteer Connie Hahne said.

The Veteran’s Park Playground Project is the work of 10 local mothers and grandmothers, who saw the need to improve the park’s equipment. The project was initiated because much of the park’s current wooden equipment is old, falling apart and not serviceable.

Hahne said she is proud of the community and of her fellow volunteers.

“Their helpfulness is proof that our community can get the job done when we work together,” she said.

The project team and the children of Sheffield are grateful for the individuals and business who have already donated.

“Team members hope to see Sheffield’s children playing on the best that can be provided this summer,” Hahne said.

Connie Hahne may be contacted at 815-713-7695 for more information.

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