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Ribbon cut on new playground at All Children's Hospital

After five months of planning, fundraising and building, the $300,000 therapeutic playground at All Children's Hospital officially opened Wednesday Aug. 29. The ribbon cutting was held by the League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU), CUNA, the National Journal and the Republican National Committee. Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, attended the ribbon cutting, toured the playground and spoke. Ms. Romney said that therapy has been a part of her life as she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 49. Just like in her speech during the Republican National Convention, Ms. Romney talked about how a playground can be a joyous place for kids and their families.

The Southeastern Credit Union Foundation (SECUF) took the lead in fundraising for the project. The $300,000 was raised from credit unions in Alabama and Florida, their staff, state leagues from across the country and system partners. Following the ribbon cutting, one of the patients proclaimed the playground is open. For the next 30 minutes various kids from All Children's Hospital tried out the new equipment. LSCU President/CEO Patrick La Pine said the culmination of the project was rewarding.

"This playground is just one example of the work credit unions do in their community. To see the project go from an idea five months ago to the ribbon cutting today was amazing. Seeing the kids on the equipment shows how much this playground is needed and will be used," said La Pine.

If your credit union would like to know more about the project or how you can contribute, contact SECUF Director Leonard Parkhurst or visit the SECUF website.

See more pictures of the ribbon cutting ceremony on the LSCU Action Center Facebook page.