For more than ten years, families come together with Foresters
Financial to focus on giving kids the play they need
ATLANTA, Georgia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Atlanta-DeKalb community was revitalized today thanks to a new
playground built at Gresham Park. In less than eight hours, more than
200 volunteers from Foresters FinancialTM, Gresham Park Youth
Sports Association, DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs
and non-profit KaBOOM! created the new play space, which will serve more
than 1,000 children and their families in the local community for years
“We believe in enriching lives and building strong communities – that’s
our purpose,” said Tony Garcia, President and CEO, Foresters Financial.
“Playgrounds are important because they provide a public space where
children can play safely, families can spend quality time and the
community can come together. An investment in a playground is an
investment in community, and we are happy to provide the Atlanta
community with a place that families can enjoy for years to come.”
The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by
neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in January when
community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters
Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the
final playground design.
Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, helps
families reach their financial goals, protect themselves and make a
lasting difference in their communities. Since 2006, Foresters has
invested more than $13 million with KaBOOM! to build more than 140
playgrounds across the US and Canada by the end of 2017. Over their
15-year lifespan, these playgrounds will help to strengthen the
community and provide more than 5 million children and their families
with an opportunity to spend quality time together.
“We appreciate Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! for giving us this
opportunity to create a new playground in this community,” said Marvin
Billups, Jr., Interim Director, DeKalb Recreation, Parks and Cultural
Affairs. “This helps us continue our commitment to create a healthier
DeKalb County by providing new playtime opportunities for the whole
Green spaces and safe play structures where children and families can
enjoy and spend time together are sparse in many high density
communities. Playing outdoors is an important part of every child’s
healthy development and the creation of this new playground will allow
thousands of children to play safely and be active in their community.
Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner.
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the
balance and active play they need to thrive.
About Gresham Park Youth Sports Association
Gresham Park Youth Sports Association continues to be an outstanding
educational and athletic organization that provides a high quality
experience to all youth through football, cheerleading and flag football.
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs
County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs manages
approximately 6,770 acres of parkland and open space. The department
works to create signature parks and recreational facilities that will
enhance the image of DeKalb County and its park system and increase its
desirability as a place to live, work and play. Learn about other news
and activities at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks
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About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an
international financial services provider with more than three million
clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom,
and total funds under management of $34 billion.1 With a
history of more than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings,
retirement and investment solutions that help families achieve their
financial goals, protect their families and improve their communities.
For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The
Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don
Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.
Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for
distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are
offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries,
including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer.
Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through
Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance
products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New
York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory
products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services,
LLC, a registered investment adviser.
1 in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2015
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to
bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids,
particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM!
has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700
playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5
million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires
communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national
discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and
communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit kaboom.org
or join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom
Gresham Park Youth Sports Association:
County Parks and Recreation:
Dawn Cribb, 404-371-6295
Jennifer Peckett, 416-429-3000 ext. 4340