Burning Bright

Ignite presents donation to Kimberly’s Center for vital new project.

Ignite recently took one more step towards its vision of creating a safe and loving Ocala and Marion County community by raising $40,000 for Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. Proceeds from a silent auction and jewelry raffle at the 2020 Ignite Luncheon are helping to transform the plans of a climbing wall, swings and slides into a reality for the Kimberly’s Center outdoor therapeutic play area.

During the March 12th luncheon, volunteers offered heartfelt testimonials as well as presentations on the history of both Ignite and Kimberly’s Center. With the total project cost of $200,000 for the new play area, Ignite is excited to donate a fifth of the expense.

“We are so grateful that we were able to have our event before everyone went into lockdown and are delighted to raise $40,000,” says Jeanne Henningsen, founder of Ignite and a certified professional coach. “These funds are proudly raised to provide a safe space for children while they are receiving services.”

Kimberly’s Center plans to complete construction on the project this fall.

“The play area will supply a much-needed outdoor space for our children to begin to heal from abuse and neglect while engaging in therapeutic play in nature,” notes Dawn Westgate, executive director of Kimberly’s Center.

Prior to this year’s fundraiser, proceeds from the luncheon were reserved for the Ocala Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center. But the volunteer organization has now opened the pool of potential beneficiaries to other local nonprofits who shares their mission to create a safe and loving community. Ignite is accepting submissions from nonprofit agencies through August 31st.

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