110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 7, 2013 - 2:17:45pm
A fundraiser and a special fund have been set up to build a skate park in Orange City to honor Colin Anderson, the 12-year-old who was hit and killed by a vehicle in February as he tried to cross U.S. Highway 17-92 on his skateboard.
The fundraiser — featuring music with a silent auction — is scheduled 2-6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Cafe´ Da Vinci, 112 W. Georgia Ave. in DeLand. Jam sessions with local are artists are on the ticket. A $5 donation to benefit "Colin's Dream Park Fund" is requested.
Colin's mother, Cassandra Sprague, and other family members want to have a place to skateboard that is safe. They are working with Community Foundation of East Central Florida to build "Colin's Dream Park," foundation President Nita Schmellick said.
Community Foundation of East Central Florida is accepting donations to help the family see their vision become a reality. All donations are tax deductible.
If you prefer to mail a check, anyone can make a donation directly to Colin’s Dream Fund, by mailing a check to CFECF, a 501(c)3 organization, with a note for “Colin’s Dream Fund” to P.O. Box 523, DeLand, Fl 32721-0523, or make a donation online at the foundations website at www.cfecf.org. For more information, call 386-734-4075.
State Farm Insurance announced it plans to make a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant for park construction during the fundraiser. The project garnered 46,968 Facebook votes during a State Farm promotion to earn the grant.
The skate park will provide a free and safe place for area children to enjoy skateboarding.
"With everything from ramps to rails, the children of this community will have a freedom Colin never got to enjoy. Yet, with Colin's giving spirit, nothing would make him happier than knowing that in some way he might have been the provider of so much joy," Cassandra Sprague said.
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