Bennett's Village

$77,641 of $1.6M goal

Raised by 576 people in 14 months
Created March 2, 2018
On February 28, 2018, Rare Disease Day, the world lost a bright light.  

Bennett Charles McClurken-Gibney had SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). He spent most of his life overcoming obstacles and raising awareness for how inaccessible the world is.  

One of his greatest joys was to go to the ARC park in Richmond,  a playground that allows kids of all abilities to play together.  Help us build an all abilities playground for all ages in Charlotteville.  Let this be his legacy, so his light will continue to touch  others. 

The ARC of  the Piedmont  has set up a special account for Bennett's Village and will be handling disbursement of funds for the all abilities playground. Kara McClurken,  Bennett's mom,  will  serve as the intermediary between the gofundme account and The Arc of the Piedmont.

If you would prefer to send a check, you may write a check to The Arc of the Piedmont, with “FBO Bennett’s Village” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:
Arc of the Piedmont, Attn: Bennett’s Village, 509 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
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Dear Friends,
We couldn't be more excited that the City of Charlottesville has agreed to move into partnership with Bennett's Village. We are working on a Memorandum of Agreement and we have identified a location for our all-abilities playground: PEN PARK!

There is so much more to do and funds to raise before we can make this dream a reality, but we are so grateful for all you have done and continue to do to support us. If you don't already do so, feel free to check out our website at www.bennettsvillage.org, follow us on Facebook, and sign up to be on our email list/volunteer at http://bennettsvillage.org/volunteer/
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Bennett's Village is delighted to announce that the first organizational meeting of Bennett’s Village will take place on Tuesday, May 29th at Homewood Suites (2036 India Road) from 6-7:30 pm in the Albemarle Room. All individuals and organizations interested in partnering with us are invited to this kid-friendly meeting. If you cannot attend but would like to volunteer or donate to the cause, please contact fill out a volunteer form ( https://goo.gl/forms/xAGMkj87TnclUbn53). Let's get to work!

Bennett working hard in gym class
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Bennett's Village is delighted to announce its partnership with The Arc of the Piedmont, who will serve as our fiduciary home and help us as we work towards building a multi-generational all abilities playground in Charlottesville.
The Arc of the Piedmont
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Do you live in Charlottesville or the surrounding areas? How would an all abilities playground benefit you and your family? We're gathering information to make the case as we meet with officials, reporters, fundraising experts, and look for grants to help make this playground a reality. This is a community effort--we need to hear from you! You can send messages directly to Bennettsvillage@gmail.com.
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$77,641 of $1.6M goal

Raised by 576 people in 14 months
Created March 2, 2018
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