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May Movement Challenge

[Image caption: Flyer with the words Virtual Movement Challenge on top and dates May 10-17th on bottom. There are four images in circles: a Black female and male running together, a white older male in a wheelchair doing exercises with an elastic band, two Black children in shorts and a Black male in jeans playing chase, and the back of white woman's body sitting in lotus position. The logo for Pivot Physical Therapy is below the images on the the left and the logo for Bennett's Village is below the images on the right.]

Bennett’s Village is partnering with @PivotPhysicalTherapy to put on a virtual all-abilities Movement Challenge! The event will be a weeklong celebration where we invite our participants to move, exercise, and play their way for a chance to win prizes from our wonderful partners in the Charlottesville community. All proceeds from the Movement Challenge will go directly to Bennett’s Village…

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Bennett’s Village receives 501(c)(3) status

501(c)(3) in purple letters

Big news! Bennett’s Village has received its own 501(c)(3) status. We’re so grateful to The Arc of the Piedmont for their fiscal sponsorship for the first few years of our organization. And now, as our dreams to build a place where ALL can play have grown, so has our need to be our own legal entity. What does this…

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Imagining a World where ALL Can Play

Lego Ben in his wheelchair is being held next to the Future Home of Bennett's Village sign. Lego Ben has brown, wavy hair, a huge smile, and a red shirt.

Rosser Wayland, Bennett’s Instructional Assistant at Johnson Elementary School, imagined a Lego world where all could play. To mark the anniversary of Bennett’s passing, Bennett’s mom Kara took Lego Ben and his playground to the future home of Bennett’s Village, where he could swing underneath the Bennett’s Village sign. Video Caption: A Lego inclusive playground with merry-go-round and wheelchair…

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2020 Donors

2020 Wall of Heroes Patron ($1000+) Laurel and Gene McClurken Anonymous Children’s Assistive Technology Services (CATS) WJ Game Charitable Fund Friend ($500+) Random Row Gayle Cooper Partner ($250+) Diane Rozycki Alan Donaldson Lois and Paul Shepherd Extra Special Thanks to our In-Kind Heroes Logo Design: Tim Jones and David Robinson/Birch Studio Administration: Lin Hill Editor: Heidi Ernst Jones Fundraising partners…

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2020 Roundup

Dear Friends of Bennett’s Village, What a year 2020 has been. Full of uncertainty, new ways of living and working, and much of our routines upended. But it has also been a time of appreciation—for our families, for outdoor spaces, for new ways of connecting. As many of you may remember, we had hoped to have a big celebration…

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October 2020 update

It’s an exciting time for Bennett’s Village! Bennett’s Village A Place for All to MOVE Challenge was a success! We had almost 80 participants and raised over $3,500. Cosmo the Sheepdog joined us and brought smiles to everyone at the park. We moved through our future home and took photos in front of the “big sign.” Most of all,…

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BENNETT’S VILLAGE ANNOUNCES FIRST RUN/WALK/ROLL/DANCE MOVE CHALLENGE

Bennett's Village Move challenge event logo with yellow sun in the background

FUNDRAISING EVENT INVITES ALL TO SUPPORT AREA’S FIRST MULTI-GENERATIONAL, ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND BY SAFELY MAKING WAY THROUGH ONE-MILE COURSE AROUND ITS FUTURE HOME AT PEN PARK OR TO PARTICIPATE VIRTUALLY Two-Week Challenge to Take Place from September 19 Through October 3 andWill Welcome Individuals as Well as Teams to Participate CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – September 14, 2020 – This Fall, Bennett’s Village…

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June 2020 update

small Bennett's Village logo, children playing

Dear Friends of Bennett’s Village, Bennett’s Birthday fundraiser Thank you, thank you! Thanks to all of you, we raised $5,311.72 from the Bennett’s Birthday fundraiser. What an amazing success! Although his birthday can be a difficult reminder of how much we miss him, you all turned it into a celebration of Bennett’s dream of having a place in Charlottesville…

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