Sutter Children's Center big donor to playground

05/11/2013 12:00 AM

05/12/2013 3:01 PM

The mystery donor who gave $50,000 to help rebuild the fire-ravaged McKinley Park playground was revealed Friday.

The Sutter Children's Center, Sacramento, is the donor that stepped up to help build the children's playground. The identity of the big donor to the Rebuild McKinley fund was withheld until a news conference 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 news release.

Even before Sutter's donation, $200,000 had been collected in fundraising events and from 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 playground, which was damaged by arson last July. About 30 volunteer skilled laborers will be at the site this weekend for "pre-build" work.

Call The Bee's Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079. Follow him on Twitter @Lindelofnews.

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