Junior League of Raleigh Awards $8,500 to Sassafras All Children’s Playground

Raleigh | March 16, 2015 – To honor its 85 years of service to the Raleigh/Wake Community and highlight its commitment to promising youth, the Junior League of Raleigh is making a gift in the amount of $8,500 to the Sassafras All Children’s Playground.

Sassafras All Children’s Playground will benefit all children in the broader Triangle community and will constitute a dream come true for children with physical limitations and their caregivers. Sassafras will be a large-scale, destination playground that will provide all children, no matter what their abilities, the chance to play, imagine, and soar.

“Frankie Lemmon Foundation is honored to be a part of this private public partnership with the City or Raleigh and so many strong community partners. We are especially grateful to the Junior League of Raleigh for their significant contribution to the space. Their 85th Anniversary gift will make a difference in the lives of children and their families for decades to come.” Traci Cortez, Director of Annual Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Frankie Lemmon Foundation.

“Congratulations to the amazing women of The Junior League of Raleigh who are celebrating 85 years of community service, by acknowledging the rights of all children to have the opportunity to build a lifetime of memories, through the world of play. We have joined together to be a voice for those children by building upon a rich legacy of advocacy that started over 20 years ago as the “All Children’s Playground” at Laurel Hills park. Thank you for your support” Dionne Lester, Board Member, Frankie Lemmon Foundation.

The Junior League of Raleigh joins other Triangle-area businesses, community partners, the City of Raleigh and the Frankie Lemmon Foundation in making Sassafras possible. Specifically, the JLR’s gift will support the installation of four molded bucket swing seats and swing frames.

Construction on Sassafras begins this fall. The park is expected to open in the spring of 2016.

About the Junior League of Raleigh

The Junior League of Raleigh is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, volunteerism. Now in its 85th year, the Junior League of Raleigh boasts nearly 1,700 women supporting community organizations around Wake County.