June 9, 2013 Colins Dream Park Memorial Fund will hold an auction/music festival and celebration this Sunday in Deland to announce winning a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. The special fundraiser and celebration to support Colins Dream Park will be held Sunday, June 9, from 2-6 pm, at Cafe Da Vincis in Deland.
Colins Dream Park sponsored by the Colin Anderson Skatepark Memorial Fund in Orange City near Orlando earned a total of 46,968 Facebook votes to place in the top 40 State Farm Neighborhood Assist causes and win a $25,000 grant. The grant will help create Colins Dream Park CDP - a free, safe, low maintenance and fun skate park for Orange City kids in memory of Colin, who was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle while street skating with a friend.
We are thrilled to have received so many votes, and winning this State Farm grant will go a long way in creating a place where anyone from our community can come and skate without restrictions and without limitations, said Casandra Sprague, coordinator of the Colin Anderson Skatepark Memorial Fund. With everything from ramps to rails, the children of this community will have a freedom Colin never got to enjoy. Yet, with Colins giving spirit, nothing would make him happier than knowing that in some way he might have been the provider of so much joy.
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Colins Dream Park was one of 3,000 cause submissions received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that relies on non-profit organizations to create solutions to community issues identified by Facebook users. Of the 3,000 submissions at least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created. From April 4 through April 22, the Facebook community was encouraged to vote for their favorite cause. Nearly 100,000 people took to Facebook during the nearly three week period.
The strong support Colins Dream Park received shows such an inspiring level of commitment and engagement within our communities, said Julie Smith, State Farm Community Specialist for Florida. We look forward to watching Colins Dream Park help make our Central Florida neighborhoods safer and stronger with the help of State Farm Neighborhood Assist.
|Julie Smith, State Farm Community Contact|
|Michal Brower, State Farm Media Contact|
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