Need new ideas for raising money for your inclusive playground? Follow the lead of Brodie’s Place

Brodie's Place
Brodie's Place

A group of people in Milford, CT are raising money for a Boundless Playground which will be called Brodie’s Place.  They are raising the money without any tax payer dollars.  At this point they have raised  $300,000, with only another $150,000 to go.  How did they do it?  With a lot a creativity and hard work.  Here are their fundraising events they are advertising during  the month of May.  They are different and fun.  Notice how they have found other groups to plan events for them.


Young Composers of the Milford Recreation Dept proudly presents a benefit concert at a local restaurant. Proceeds of the event will be given to Bodie’s Place, Inc. Chidren’s activities and specialty menu items will be available. There will be silent auction and they are taking the opportunity to tell more people about the Bodie Brick paver program.


Hosted by the Republican Women of Milford

Cost: $50 per person

Each cropper will receive: 4 feet of cropping space, great lighting and a wonderful view. Continental breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, dessert, coffee, water, soda and tea will be served. Free prize drawings: restaurants, gift certificates, wine gifts, nail salons, scrapbooking supplies and many other exciting gifts. Chair massage available as well as many other offerings.


Bodie’s Place has been selected as the non-profit organization to receive the proceeds of the 2010 Milford Downtown Association Wine Trail on September 25th. It’ll be a fun night for the “grown-ups”! A great “date” idea!


Can you hoop? Can your children hoop? Can Dad hoop?  Don’t miss this fun event for the entire family. Get your hoola-hoops and start practicing.. Fun, prizes and lots of activities for your family.. this summer! The proceed of the event will be donated to our playground!

Other groups that have held fundraisers for the playground include:

>> Glennon Kauke – Spring 2008 Tag Sale
>> Ven Gopal – Lemonade Stand
>> 2008-09 Mathewson PTA – Texas Roadhouse Night
>> 2008-09 East Shore Middle School – Dance Event
>> The Bilco Company – Jean Day
>> Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities – Youth Group – 50/50 Raffle
>> Concerned Citizens for People with Disabilities – 2008 Lamplight Stroll
>> St. Ann’s School – 2009 Mission Day and Dress Down Day
>> St. Ann’s School – Mrs. Timmeny First and Second Grade Class
>> Hayden & Kim Hulme, Jack & Jennifer Ardrey– Bottle and Can Drive
>> J.J Pendersen– Door to door fund raising
>> Mary Taylor Church/Red Hot Mamas – Soup Sales
>> East Shore Best Buddies – Potluck dinner
>> Stratford United Methodist Church – Mission Donations
>> Kathy Kutcha – Crop for the Community Scrapbooking Event
>> Sherri Franszman and Michele Farrelly– Pampered Chef Party, May 2009
>> Laura Brennan – Avon Fundraiser, Spring 2009
>> Jill Aronin and Amy Bugge – 2009 Mathewson Kickball Event
>> Samantha Genest – 2009 Meadowside Carnival Event
>> Laura Meireles – Spring Tag Sale 2009
>> Holly Bonessi, Milford 2009 National Lou Gehrig Little League – “Clarkson Field” Collection Jar
>> Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church – Vacation Bible School Mission Project
>> Kaylun Bettencourt – Donations in lieu of Birthday gifts
>> Gina, Lia and Jayden Bonfietti, and Molly Mercaldo – 2009 Election Day Bake Sale
>> Kids from Tulip Tree – singing Christmas carols in the neighborhood to spread cheer and raise money for Bodie’s Place
>> JFK School – 2009 Holiday Fair
>> Mary Taylor United Methodist Church Sunday School Holiday Fair
>> Taunton Press Employee Giving Campaign thru United Way of Western CT
>> West River Health Care Center – Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
>> J.J. Pendersen – Snow Shoveling Proceeds from 2/10/10
>> Meadowside School – Ongoing Capri Sun & Nestle Recycling Program

Brodie’s Place planning committee has also figured out how people who are donating to United Way can designate their donation to the playground.  They are also selling bricks and have started a memorial bench program.  They are encouraging families and children to fill mason jars with coins to help in the effort.

See an amazing list of people who are supporting Brodie’s Place and how nicely the committee is recognizing them.  If you are interesting in helping Brodie’s Place reach their goal, you can contact them at

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