Hundreds of leaders from the development community will trade their suits for hard hats, and their smartphones for work gloves and a wheelbarrow tomorrow morning for the annual Valley Partnership Community Project at Mesa’s Sunshine Acres. The association raised more than $150,000 in services and equipment to redevelop the organization’s large family park.
Leaders from the real estate and development community and their colleagues and families will be on hand working from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 5 on the Sunshine Acres park redevelopment. Mesa Mayor John Giles and Councilman David Luna will be on site at 8:30 a.m. for opening remarks and to kick off the day-long project.
Situated on 125 acres in Mesa, the Sunshine Acres campus is anchored by a large park for the families in the community. Valley Partnership will be redeveloping this park, adding a Gaga Ball court,exercise and play equipment, and more.
The Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Road, provides a place for children who are separated from their parents and helps them establish long-term relationships with stable parental figures, preparing them for success in adult life. They were selected from more than 20 applications for the annual community project where leaders from the development and real estate industries provide development expertise and volunteers to complete a major project for a nonprofit.
“We have an amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all the children who find themselves at Sunshine Acres,” said Kim Kleski, community project committee co-chair and senior landscape architect with Olsson Associates. “A unique and fun outdoor amenity area will provide space for relaxing, playing, and connecting with their Sunshine Acres family.
One of Valley Partnership’s cornerstones is community service. Each year, it selects a non-profit organization that can benefit from the skills, efforts and supplies provided by its partners to renovate and enhance facilities for children and those in need. Over the past 27 years, Valley Partnership has contributed more than $4 million to the community through these projects.
“Valley Partnership’s annual community projects brings together hundreds of our members, across all sectors of the development community, to reinvest in the nonprofits that support those who are most vulnerable in our community,” said Cheryl Lombard, chief executive officer and president of Valley Partnership.
“We are fortunate to have community leaders who step up, raise dollars, offer their building and design expertise, and create a legacy with organizations like Sunshine Acres that will create opportunities for children for years to come,” Lombard said.