UNION COUNTY — The effort raise to funds for the construction of the all-inclusive “ALLstar Park” at the Timken Sports Complex continues July 9 with the “Music and Miracles Community Fun Day” at the Union County Fairgrounds.
On May 24, in a ceremony attended by local government officials, representatives of local institutions and the business community, Miracle League families and other supporters, the Miracle League of Union County broke ground for the “ALLstar Park.” The park, which will be located next to the MLUC ball field at the Timken Sports Complex, will be designed to provide play and recreation for everyone including children and adults with disabilities or diseases like multiple sclerosis, older adults with physical challenges, injured veterans, and children with Autism.
The construction of the park is projected to cost $350,000 and is being financed with donated funds and funds raised by the MLUC in cooperation with other local organizations. The MLUC kicked off its fundraising efforts in February by staging a fashion show in cooperation with the Union Civitan Club and the Belk store. The donations to the effort include a $75,000 grant from the Timken Foundation, a $10,000 donation from the Union Rotary Club, and donations from private individuals like a $3,000 donation the MLUC received in January. The MLUC is in the process of trying to raise funds to match the grant from the Timken Foundation which will donate another $75,000 if the matching funds are raised by the end of July.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, MLUC friend Barbara Rippy presented MLUC Executive Director Amy Austin with a check for $5,000 and called for the eight gold-painted shovels used to break ground to be auctioned off at $100 apiece. In the ensuing auction that evening the shovels were sold raising $1,700 thanks to one individual who purchased a shovel for $1,000.
The MLUC efforts to raise funds for the playground’s construction to match the Timken Foundation grant and receive another $75,000 from the foundation will continue July 7 at the Fairgrounds during the Music and Miracles Community Fun Day.
Sponsored by WBCU Radio in support of the MLUC, the event will get under way at 3 p.m. and feature the following:
• Community Talent Show
• Guitar Raffle
• Silent Auction
• Door Prizes
• Dunking Booth
The entertainment for the event will be held at the following times:
• 3-4 p.m. — The Childers
• 4-5 p.m. — Josh Lydia
• 5-7 p.m. — Community Talent Show
• 7 p.m. — Quest
Persons wanting to perform in the Community Talent Show may pick up their entry forms at WBCU Radio Station on Main Street in downtown Union or at the Miracle League of Union County Office at the Non-Profit Partnership Center inside the Union County Health Department on Thomas Street. The entry fee is $10 and must be paid on or before July 1. Prizes and judges are still to be determined. For more information ask the MLUC on Facebook.
The leaflet advertising the event states that “profits will benefit Allstar Park, the Miracle League of Union County’s All Inclusive Playground Project.” It urges the public to “become a star in your Union County community!”
To contribute to the MLUC’s efforts to raise the matching funds for the Timken Foundation grant call 864-466-7879, contact an MLUC board member, or visit The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page or website at www.themiracleleagueofunioncounty.org.
This is an artist’s rendition of what the all-inclusive “ALLstar Park” will look like when completed. The park will be located next to the Miracle League of Union County ball field at the Timken Sports Complex. It will be designed so as to enable children and adults regardless of their condition to be able to play. A “Music and Miracles Community Fun Day” will be held July 9 at the Union County Fairgrounds to raise funds for the construction of the park.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.