Indiana's orthopedic industry initiative and the town of Winona Lake have announced results of a crowdfunding campaign to purchase new equipment for a universally-accessible playground. Officials say the effort attracted more than $10,000 through crowdfunding, local events and a donation from the Orthopedics Capital Foundation. December 17, 2014
WARSAW, Ind. – OrthoWorx and Winona Lake Limitless Park (WLLP)
Committee recently joined forces on a campaign to purchase equipment for the park.
Over $10,000 was raised during the campaign through the online crowd funding
campaign, local events and a contribution from Orthopedics Capital Foundation. In
addition to the total funds raised, there has been a significant increase in community
awareness about the park, as there were over 1,000,000 potential impressions created
from campaign communications and events. “We are most pleased with helping to
increase awareness of Limitless Park. We noticed a definite increase in awareness of
the park as the campaign progressed. This will serve the committee well as it continues
to raise funds,” states Sheryl Conley, OrthoWorx President and CEO.
During the campaign, in-kind support from about 30 businesses and organizations was
valued at more than $14,000 to support campaign events and perks. “This includes
OrthoWorx staff hours to power the campaign. We appreciate OrthoWorx member Grace
College providing an intern dedicated to the campaign and OrthoWorx member
Kosciusko County Community Foundation providing a matching grant of $2,000 for a
mixer/silent auction event,” says Conley.
Limitless Park is a valuable asset in the community and located on the community's trail
system. “Connecting our broader offerings in the community is valuable. It helps to
improve the quality of life for current and future residents of this region,” comments
WLLP Committee is continuing fund raising for Limitless Park. “Funds raised through this
recent campaign will be used for the universally accessible playground fund, with the
ultimate goal being to purchase the NEOS 360,” states Erin Porter, WLLP Committee
Chair. “We appreciate OrthoWorx support with this recent campaign. It's advanced us
closer to where we want to be. We also would like to thank all that have donated to
Limitless Park,” states Porter. For those interested in making contributions to the park,
visit www.winonalake.net/limitlesspark.htm. Simply click “Town Hall” for the drop-down
menu, select “Pay Online” then select “Limitless Parks.”
Formed in 2009 with initial funding from the Lilly Endowment, OrthoWorx (www.orthoworxindiana.com) is a community-based initiative that works strategically and
collaboratively with the orthopedic industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the
Warsaw region continues to reap the social and economic benefits that derive from its
position as The Orthopedic Capital of the World.
About Winona Lake Limitless Park
The Town of Winona Lake, Winona Lake Parks Department and residents with a special
interest in Americans with Disabilities are working together to bring a splash pad and
limitless playground to Winona Lake Park. This will be a space for children of all abilities
to play together, will help address childhood obesity by encouraging physical activity, will
offer free entertainment for families in Kosciusko County and surrounding communities,
will help promote tourism to Warsaw, Winona Lake and Kosciusko County and will
enhance the community’s desirability for recruiting talent to the area.