Contact: Deanna Roux
Marketing & Communications Officer
Team Jessica, Inc.
Belchertown, MA 01007
BEVERIDGE FAMILY FOUNDATION, INC. AWARDS TEAM JESSICA, INC. $40,000
BELCHERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 29, 2013 – Team Jessica, Inc. is excited to announce it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc. of Needham, Mass. Team Jessica will use these funds to support the building of Jessica’s Boundless Playground (JBP), an effort that has been ongoing for the past three years.
JBP will be the only 100% all-inclusive playground in the area. It is designed to be a multi-generational activity structure that engages people of all ages and abilities. JBP will also allow wounded veterans in long-term rehab to experience the healing power and simple joy of playing with their own children.
The playground will cost upwards of $400,000 to build. Team Jessica has hosted several fundraising events over the past few years and the effort has raised $167,555, including two Community Preservation Act grants from the Town of Belchertown. The Beveridge Family Foundation grant will bring the fundraising total to $207,555.
“After earning our 501(c)(3) nonprofit status last year, our grant writer Patti Thornton was able to earnestly pursue substantial grants,” said Team Jessica Vice President Marlene Beech. “Having a member on our team who is an expert grant writer is invaluable.”
Team Jessica President, and mother of the playground’s namesake, Vicky Martins Auffrey recalls the moment she received the letter in the mail. “It was like the college letters last year. Did he get into the school or didn’t he?” Mrs. Martins Auffrey, who has a freshman in college this year, shared. “I hesitantly opened it and saw the words ‘it’s our pleasure’ and then saw $40,000! I just burst into tears.”
The Beveridge Family Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. “We are pleased to support Jessica’s Boundless Playground. While we receive many requests for playgrounds in all the communities we serve, this project has the strong support of the town, school system, and community. Above all, the commitment of the project leaders resulted in a wonderful design that will be enjoyed by children, seniors, and their families.” said Ward Caswell, President of the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc.
“This grant is key to propelling our efforts,” added Deanna Roux, Marketing & Communications Officer for Team Jessica. “Hopefully other generous grantors like the Beveridge Family Foundation will see we’re a worthy cause on the cusp of fulfilling our goal. We just need a few more grants like this and we will be able to turn our attention to the community build this summer.”
In addition to fundraising events and grants, Team Jessica’s nonprofit status will allow its participation in Valley Gives Day this December. Valley Gives is a one-of-a-kind celebration of generosity for western Massachusetts. On 12.12.13 residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties will join together for 24 hours in special events and online campaigns with the goal of getting thousands of Valley residents to make gifts to their favorite charities.
Stay up to date on this effort by visiting Team Jessica online at www.teamjessicaonline.com, www.facebook.com/teamjessicainc and www.twitter.com/teamjessicainc.
About the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc.: The mission of the Beveridge Family Foundation is to preserve and enhance the quality of life by embracing and perpetuating Frank Stanley Beveridge’s philanthropic vision through grant making initiatives in support of programs in youth development, health, education, religion, art and environment primarily in Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts.
About Team Jessica, Inc.: Team Jessica, Inc. supports and enhances awareness of people with disabilities in the surrounding communities of Western Massachusetts by supporting initiatives that will improve the lives of people with special needs. To learn more, please visit us online at www.teamjessicaonline.com, www.facebook.com/teamjessicainc and www.twitter.com/teamjessicainc.