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Foresters, KaBOOM! & Volunteers Revitalize La Habra Community With New Playground

Playground to enhance family well-being

LA HABRA, CA, June 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - A dream is now a reality for children in La Habra as their drawings were turned into a new playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at Portola Park with the help of more than 200 volunteers from Foresters TM, the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, the La Habra Family Resource Center and the City of La Habra and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will serve more than 350,000 children and their families in the community for years to come.

"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together," said Mark Rush, Foresters National Sales Manager, US Sales and Marketing. "A playground is an important piece for the revitalization of a community. Not only does it provide a first step towards keeping children healthy, but it's a safe, central location for the entire neighborhood to get together."

Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in April when local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the final playground design.

This is the second playground built in the City of La Habra thanks to the coordinated efforts of Foresters and the community, who together helped erect the playground at Corona Park in 2009.

Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with almost 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada. Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than 2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.

"We're so grateful for the opportunity to partner once again with such great agencies and organizations as Foresters, KaBOOM! and the City of La Habra," said Michael Villaire, Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement. "This is our second playground build with these partners, and this was just as fun and rewarding as the last one. The Institute for Healthcare Advancement and its La Habra Family Resource Center have a long and rich tradition of service to the La Habra Community; this is one more effort of which we're proud to be a part."

"The impact that these projects have on our community is immeasurable," said David De Leon, Recreation Manager for the City of La Habra. "We are able to take areas of the community that have little or no presence of children, and create a vibrant and positive playground experience for the surrounding families."

Thanks to the work of Foresters, the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, the La Habra Family Resource Center,  the City of La Habra and KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 4,236 square-foot playground to call home that includes features such as a Rockblocks Climbing Wall, a Rumble Seat Slide and a Superdome climber.

A passionate advocate for family well-being, Foresters recently launched the Tech Timeout™ challenge, which encourages families to take a pledge to turn off all electronic devices for an hour a day for one week.  For more details, visit techtimeout.com.

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