Story by Kristina Hoti
The non-profit organization Warwick Playground Dreams held a Moonlit Masquerade Adult Prom on Sat., May 19 at the Hickory Hill Golf Club. The fundraiser offered attendees a fun night out in an “adult prom” setting, complete with dinner, open bar, dancing, professional “prom photos,” by Melissa Marino Portrait Artistry, and a “selfie” photo booth. An election was even held for “Prom Queen” and “Prom King.”
There was a silent auction with contributions from Melissa Marino Portrait Artistry, Windsor Limo, iheart Radio, Tuckfelt and Zammitti PLLC., Applewood Winery, Clearview Vineyard, Pennings Cidery, Warwick Valley Winery, local artist Carly Foster, Forever Jewelers, Christy’s Jewels, Mike Cordero State Farm Agent, and the Friedman/Wassermann family.
Warwick Playground Dreams (WPD) is comprised of a committee of volunteers from the Town of Warwick. The organization’s goal is to refurbish and enhance the children’s play area in Stanley-Deming Park. The group’s plans include a collaboration with both the Village of Warwick and with Play by Design, a group of playground designers and Certified Playground Safety Inspectors, who produce custom-designed play structures for children of all ages. WPD’s concept is to create a community-designed and community-built ADA-accessible playground that inspires both imagination and physical fitness.
“We want to create a playground that will reflect Warwick back to itself – its love for all of its children, its history and culture, and its sense of community pride. We were hoping to create an event that would be more accessible and a festive evening for friends to come together and celebrate,” said WPD President Hannelore Chambers, who was also one of the organizers of the event.
WPD Vice-President Megan Cárdenas said, “[The] masquerade was a joyous night out for adults, and a success. We thank all who attended for coming and supporting Warwick Playground Dreams. We want to thank [our silent auction sponsors] for your continued support and belief in our project.”
WPD offers many ways for residents to help sponsor their efforts, including volunteering and contributing at fundraising events, and sponsorship opportunities such as engraved pickets and brick pavers, which will be a lasting part of the playground’s projected landscape.
The second phase of WPD’s fundraising process is approaching, as a build week for the playground has been set for April 22 to April 28, 2019. Large donors, grants committees, and component sponsorships are in place, and there has been tremendous enthusiasm over the recent release of 3D renderings for the playground’s design. WPD will call on members of the community to join in the efforts to build the playground next April.
Warwick resident and Playground Dreams volunteer, Carly Foster, moved to Warwick one year ago from the state of Florida with her husband, George, and their two girls, Adira, 5, and Alora, 1. A climate adaptation and community/infrastructure resilience planner, Foster shared her artistic talents and donated a set of four hand-painted wine glasses for the silent auction.
“Warwick Playground Dreams is one of the things that makes us know we picked the right community,” said Foster. “Not only are they trying to build a better playground for kids, but they are helping the community have so much fun while doing it!”
Her mother-and-father-in-law, Sue and George Foster, were in Town visiting from Tallahassee, FL, and they joined in the celebration as well.
For more information and to learn about opportunities to volunteer and/or contribute, visit Warwick Playground Dreams online at www.warwickplaygrounddreams.org or Facebook.com/WarwickPlaygroundDreams.