The mystery donor who gave $50,000 to help rebuild the fire-ravaged McKinley Park playground was revealed Friday.
The donor stepping up in a big way to help build the children's playground is the Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento. The identity of the big donor to the Rebuild McKinley fund was withheld until a press conference on Friday at the site.
"Sutter Children's Center is proud to help rebuild a playground where children can have fun outdoors and enjoy an active lifestyle," said Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento in a press release.
Even before Sutter's donation, $200,000 had been raised from fundraising events and through the generosity of businesses, civic groups and individuals. That cash will supplement insurance proceeds and city park funds.
In addition, about $400,000 in volunteer labor is expected June 4-9, for the rebuilding of the playground at 601 Alhambra Blvd. Additional donations of cash, equipment and material are valued at $200,000.
The donations will help rebuild the entire playground, which was badly damaged by an arson fire last July. About 30 volunteer skilled laborers will be at the site this weekend for "pre-build" work.
"The city and the community are very grateful to Sutter for stepping up in such a big way," said Councilman Steve Cohn.