The Jordan Fund Grants $50,000 to Inspiration Playground
The Jordan Fund, founded by Major League Baseball All-Star first baseman John Olerud and his wife Kelly in 2003, are excited to partner with the Rotary Club of Bellevue on their vision of an all inclusive playground. They believe the downtown park will provide a great opportunity for children of all abilities to spend quality time with their families. The Jordan Fund is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant for the Inspiration Playground project.
The Jordan Fund’s mission is to provide support to special needs children and their families. John and Kelly have experienced first hand what an enormous task it is to care for a child with special needs, and what a huge burden it can place on families.
Their daughter Jordan was born in August 2000 with a rare chromosome disorder. Life has not been easy for Jordan, who has been a frequent visitor to local hospitals since she was born. John and Kelly are so grateful for their firm foundation of family and friends, and for the financial means to help care for Jordan. As a result, John and Kelly wanted to reach out to help other families of children with special needs and decided to create the Jordan Fund.
The Rotary Club of Bellevue is in charge of coordinating the $4.3 million Inspiration Playground capital campaign. The Rotary Club of Bellevue has partnered with the City of Bellevue to help fund and build a truly inclusive outdoor play environment and sensory garden at the Bellevue Downtown Park.
The fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Bellevue have resulted in approximately $1,876,000 to date in gifts and pledges. The immediate goal is to raise an additional $500,000 so construction can begin in the fall of 2015. Another $2.1 million will complete the full project build-out.
The Jordan Fund has joined other generous private contributors to this project, including: City of Bellevue, Drugstore.com, Fred Danz Foundation, Nintendo, Puget Sound Energy, Rotary Wishing Well Foundation, Sterling Reality Organization, Inc., The Fortin Group, Microsoft Corporation, and Wallace Properties, Inc.
We have an opportunity for the entire community to come together to build a destination play space. With your support, the Inspiration Playground will provide a welcoming place for active and inclusive outdoor fun — a place of PLAY FOR ALL.
To get involved or to make a contribution, please visit www.inspirationplayground.org.Click here to download Press Release.