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Alliance Recreation Center Director Mara Anderson (left) receives a $2,500 check from Black Hills Energy representative Seth Hulquist.

The Alliance Rec Center is pleased to announce a donation of $2,500 by Black Hills Energy and $1,000 from Rotary Club of Alliance to springboard a fundraising campaign for ARC AfterSchool’s playground equipment project. The project, designed by Crouch Recreation, will cost approximately $42,000 and includes slides, climbing equipment, and swings for ages 2-12 years.

“The equipment will meet many needs in our community: children living east of Flack Ave will no longer have to cross a highway to access a playground; students of ARC AfterSchool, serving K-5 th grade students, will have twice as much opportunity to play during the school year, and ultimately, more kids in our community will have more access to the kind of play essential for physical, social, and emotional development,” says Mara Andersen, executive director of the ARC.

Black Hills Energy prioritizes charitable giving, placing a priority on community impact projects. “Being involved in a project like this is very important to the mission of Black Hills Energy.  Our family and safety come first, and this playground will give the children of this community a safe place to play,” notes Seth Hulquist, Service Tech and Ambassador for Black Hills Energy. Likewise, Rotary Club of Alliance supports projects with an emphasis of “Service above Self.” Together, the companies pledged their donations to springboard a campaign to provide more play for more kids.

The Alliance Rec Center encourages the community to donate to this project. “Every bit helps,” notes Andersen, “whether is $5 or $500, every donation helps the children in our community have ample opportunities to play which ultimately impacts long-term community health.” Giving opportunities are available online at www.AllianceRecCenter.com/GetInvolved or in person at the ARC or by mail to PO Box 602, Alliance, Nebraska 69301.

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