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Junior Service League gives large donation to Mary's Magical Place

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Junior Service League members present a check to representatives of Mary's Magical Place. Pictured are Brandon Rogers, Caitlyn Jones, Brittany Rodgers, Cara Wade, Jen Motz, Mary Kathryn Oliver, Grant McAuley, Rachel McAuley, Cassie Venable, Carrie Venable Winters, Amy Lowery, Kristen Hollmeyer, Tommy McAuley, Griffin McAuley, Jessi Hughes, Carol Ernst, Jennifer Finlin, Katie Venable, Suzanne Holt, Jake Holt, Jeff Brown and Joe James. RICK MURRAY

The Junior Service League of Hendersonville presented a check for $47,662 to Mary's Magical Place at Veterans Park on Nov. 22. This check represented the proceeds from ticket sales, auction sales and donations collected from the 2nd annual Mr. Sumner County Pageant, which was held on Nov. 5.

Once completed on a site in Veteran's Park, Mary's Magical Place will be an all-inclusive playground designed to meet the needs of all children. The playground will offer a variety of fun activities that will be accessible by all children, regardless of their needs.

According to Katie Venable, President of the Junior Service League, the organization selected Mary's Magical Place to be the sole recipient of the pageant proceeds because "the mission of the Junior Service League of Hendersonville is to positively impact the community around us. When we learned about Mary's Magical Place, we knew that it would be a perfect match."

To date, the organizers of Mary's Magical Place have raised over $207,000 of their goal of $500,000.

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