Columbia Play Project raises $79,500 in May to support community play programs

Columbia Play Project recently announced that through the generosity of our community, the organization raised $79,500 in May.

These funds will significantly enhance the efforts to create play opportunities for children and families in Southwest Washington

VANCOUVER – Columbia Play Project officials recently announced that through the generosity of our community, the organization raised $79,500 in May. These funds will significantly enhance the efforts to create innovative and inclusive play experiences for children and families in Southwest Washington.

The successful fundraising effort was highlighted by the Spring Into Play Luncheon, an event that brought together supporters dedicated to the cause of enriching the lives of children through play. The luncheon featured Dr. Jana Mohr Lone, author of Seen and Not Heard and The Philosophical Child. Dr. Mohr Lone inspired the audience to listen more deeply to children and understand the deep and thoughtful ways in which children experience their world. 

Give Big Washington also contributed substantially to the fundraising success. Matching contributions from the Mason E. Nolan Charitable Fund and the Hansen Family Fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington significantly impacted a successful campaign. 

On May 4, Dennis’ Seven Dees Shop to Give Back program, contributed 7% of designated sales to Columbia Play Project.  Through these contributions, Dennis’ Seven Dees reflects its commitment to community engagement and support. 

Family Play Day, a much-anticipated community event that will occur on June 22 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., received significant sponsorships from Gramor Development and The Waterfront. Two organizations –  Educational Opportunities for Children and Families and the AC Hotel – also pledged to support Family Play Day, ensuring continued support for Columbia Play Project’s initiatives.

Columbia Play Project is especially honored to announce a $10,000 grant from Kind Hearts, Free Spirits Foundation. This grant will be pivotal in expanding programs and outreach efforts, with special focus on the Mobile Children’s Museum activities along Fourth Plain Blvd.  

Saving the largest for last, Kiewit provided a remarkable program sponsorship of $40,000. This substantial support underscores Kiewit’s dedication to fostering a vibrant, playful community for all children.

“Kiewit is proud to support Columbia Play Project’s efforts to create exploratory play opportunities throughout Clark County. There is no greater importance than investing in children and their development.   We’re glad to be part of an effort to provide children opportunities to develop their emotional and intellectual skills.  They will be our community’s future leaders and workers”, said, Jamie Wisenbaker, Kiewit Senior vice president

These contributions are a testament to the community’s belief in the mission of Columbia Play Project and its dedication to fostering creative, interactive, and inclusive play opportunities.

         “We are overwhelmed by the support we’ve received this past month,” said Jeanne Bennett, executive director of Columbia Play Project. “These funds will enable us to enhance our programs and reach even more children and families in the community. We are deeply grateful to all our donors and sponsors for their unwavering commitment to our mission.”

For more information about Columbia Play Project and how you can get involved, please visit or contact Jeanne Bennett at

About Columbia Play Project

Columbia Play Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families through play. The organization attempts to create engaging, innovative play experiences designed to stimulate creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

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