KaBOOM! Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross (Bree Hodge) Pitches In to Help Build New Playground in La Verne

July 9, 2010
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Marcia Cross, who plays Bree Hodge on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" pitched in to help build a new playground for the LeRoy Haynes Center of La Verne.

Marcia Cross, who plays Bree Hodge on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," pitched in to help build a new playground for the LeRoy Haynes Center of La Verne.

On Friday, July 9, La Verne once again demonstrated why it was named¬†one of the¬†nation‚Äôs “Top 10 Communities for Families‚ÄĚ by Family Circle magazine this week as hundreds of volunteers, including actress Marcia Cross (Bree Hodge on ABC’s¬†“Desperate Housewives”), teamed up¬†with the nonprofit organization KaBOOM!, Mott’s, NFL Play 60¬†and Stater Bros. Charities to help build a brand new playground for children in need at the LeRoy Haynes Center in La Verne.

In the spring, a request went forth in the community seeking about 150 volunteers to help assemble and construct the playground in one day. About three times that number showed up.

‚ÄúThe volunteers didn‚Äôt have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools; they just had to be enthusiastic, energetic, team players, willing to work and have lots of fun,‚ÄĚ said Dan Maydeck, President and CEO of the LeRoy Haynes Center, a nonprofit center dedicated to helping children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Leading the volunteer construction teams were team captains like John Paddock, owner of La Verne-based Paddock Construction, who attended a 45-minute Prep Day workshop two days previously.

After painting, Cross started pouring cement to help secure the playground's foundation.

After painting, Cross started pouring cement to help secure the playground's foundation.

They were also following the blueprints laid out by KaBOOM!, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to ‚Äúsaving play‚ÄĚ in the United States. Since 1995, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,700 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports field and ice rinks across North America.

Supporting KaBOOM!’s national mission, including the playground construction project in La Verne, are Motts, a brand of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, the nation’s leading producer of branded apple sauce and apple juice; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which works to promote journalistic excellence; and NFL PLAY 60, a national youth health and fitness campaign focused on increasing the health and wellness of young fans by tackling obesity with an hour of active play a day.

Locally, Stater Bros. Charities, provided food and nourishment throughout the day and donated six charcoal grills to the LeRoy Haynes Center. Keeping everyone alert on the job was coffee purveyor Don Francisco’s, which served both hot coffee and refreshing ice lattes.

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The completed LeRoy Haynes project was No. 1,795 for KaBOOM. Take a bow, La Verne!

The completed LeRoy Haynes project was No. 1,795 for KaBOOM. Take a bow, La Verne!

Filed July 9, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

One Response to “KaBOOM! Desperate Housewives’ Marcia Cross (Bree Hodge) Pitches In to Help Build New Playground in La Verne”

  1. Peter Bennett once again captures the essence of what LaVerne is all about. Over 360 volunteers showed up to build this playground for the kids at LeRoy Haynes Center. The entire project was completed in six hours.!!

    This is a special community and Peter works overtime to cover every aspect of what is happening in our town. I have to ask his wife Colleen, does he ever rest!!

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