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California Triathalon Benefitting Bennett’s Village

California Triathlon is hosting a race on September 4th 2022 at Fry’s Spring Beach Club and has named Bennett’s Village as a partner! Make a donation to Bennett’s Village when you sign up for an event or by following this link https://charlottesville.californiatriathlon.org/Race/Donate/VA/Charlottesville/2021CalTriFrysSpring.  This event will feature seven options for participation (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 400 yard Swim…

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Art Contest

Are you ready for a fun art contest?! We want to know, what does inclusive play look like to you? You have until March 25th to work on and submit your paintings and drawings — we’ll share all the designs, leave the voting up to you, and the winning designs will have a spot on a Bennett’s Village shirt,…

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February 2022 e-newsletter

Friends of Bennett’s Village, We have lots of exciting news to share. There are several upcoming events that need your participation. We hope you’ll join us. Public input meetings for Bennett’s Village In spring 2019, when we first presented the dream of Bennett’s Village to the Charlottesville City Council, we relied on community members like you to share your…

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Bennett’s Village Party in the Park!

You’re invited for a celebration of Bennett’s Village! When? Sunday, September 19th from 1:00-5:00PM Where? Pen Park Join us for the BIG REVEAL of our award-winning playground concept plan! Take a tour of the future home of the Treehouse (Phase 1)! Party with us at Pen Park, the future home of Bennett’s Village! Enjoy crafts, food, music, and family…

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May Movement Challenge-2021

[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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