(FRESNO, CA.) – The new Storyland / Playland board announces its first major donation, thanks to an anonymous donor who is giving $200,000 as a matching gift towards reopening the parks.
The gift carries a challenge for the community to also give $200,000, which would ensure the board has over half of the $850,000 needed to not only bring Storyland / Playland back to life, but create a sustainable future for the parks that the community can be proud of.
The matching fund-drive campaign kicks-off today, May 13, 2015, and will continue until the much needed funds have been raised. The board hopes to acquire the money as soon as possible to start investing 100% of it back into the park repair, rejuvenate and rebuild attractions, restrooms, landscaping and more.
“We’re extremely appreciative of this generous donation from one of our local community members,” said Scott Miller, chair Storyland / Playland, has been undeniable and our hope the community takes advantage of this amazing opportunity. We’ve made great strides towards our reopening efforts, but still have a long way to go and every dollar helps us get there that much faster.”
This matching fund-drive marks the second major effort to save Storyland / Playland. Just last month the Valley Yellow Pages donated the cover of its newest edition to encourage recipients to give by including a return envelope with each directory. Sin then, Storyland / Playland has received nearly $40,000.00 in donations.
“We couldn’t be happier to have helped kick-start the fundraising efforts for reopening Storyland / Playland,” said Sieg Fischer, chief executive officer of Valley Yellow Pages. It’s important that businesses, organizations and the entire community come together to help save the parks so we ensure they will be around for the kids and families to enjoy for the years to come.”
Thanks to the community’s support, improvements to the parks have already begun. A local vendor has been selected to begin repairs on the train and the landscaping enhancements are underway. The board is looking forward to its ongoing outreach efforts, continuing to improve both parks and ultimately, reopening one of the Valley’s most treasured attractions.
For more information and to donate, please visit www.savestoryland.com or call 559 486-0516