Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Marshall Meadows


Housing and Community Services: Brenda Juarez, 210-821-4300, brendaj@hcscorp.com Foresters: Maria Ganogiannis, 800-461-8431, ext. 4096,  mganogiannis@foresters.com KaBOOM!: Bruno Tager, 301-919-4482, btager@kaboom.org



Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Marshall Meadows Photo/Interview Opportunities Available


WHAT:        More than 200 volunteers from Foresters™, Housing and Community Services, Inc. (@HCS501c3), organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the San Antonio community will join forces on September 13, to give kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Marshall Meadows. The design is based on children’s drawings created from a special design event in June.


WHEN:        Saturday, September 13

8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Times approximate)

Foresters Family Fun Zone (arts & crafts, games & more for children and families)

Kick-off ceremony and volunteer deployment Best viewing of playground construction Final construction phase

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate playground


WHERE:      Champion Homes at Marshall Meadows Apartments

1803 Marshall Cross

San Antonio, TX 78214



A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Housing and Community Services, Inc. emphasizes the importance of an active lifestyle. This new play space will help resident youth get the play they need to thrive.

Foresters, an international financial services provider, is proud to help create a lasting neighborhood legacy that promotes healthy play and well-being for the whole family. Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $10 million with KaBOOM! to build almost 120 playgrounds across the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2015. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 3 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together and enhance family well-being.

KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.


VISUALS:   Before and after shots

Volunteers assembling, carrying, and installing brightly colored playground equipment

Volunteers moving 37,260 square feet of safety surfacing by hand

Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the playground


Housing and Community Services, Inc.

Housing and Community Services, Inc. (HCS) provides safe, high quality, affordable housing with support services to those in need. Formed in 1993 in San Antonio, Texas to address the depleted availability of quality, affordable housing for low to lower-income individuals and families, including seniors and persons with special

needs. HCS founders also shared a common interest to restore through its communities the opportunity for success in many areas of life. HCS commitment to enriching and preserving the quality of life extends beyond the provision of a secure home environment. Each property’s Services Manager coordinates and facilitates a number of supportive programs designed to: promote economic independence; provide access to social service resources; offer community-wide activities and many other services. For more information visit our website at www.hcscorp.org.



For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider, has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members and the communities where they live.   A fraternal benefit society, Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit foresters.com,  facebook.com/foresters and techtimeout.com.

Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.



KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold new goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the

16 million American children living in poverty, get the balanced and active play they need to thrive. KaBOOM!

has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play, inspires, empowers and leads play advocates, and educates and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act or follow the conversation on why #playmatters at twitter.com/kaboom or facebook.com/kaboom.

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