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Frederick Music Showcase benefiting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground!

Please join us for a night of live music to benefit Sophie & Madigan’s Playground! Frederick Rock School along with,Showtime Sound, The Frederick News Post, and Key 103, is hosting their 4th installment of the Frederick Music Showcase! This show is available on Facebook live on all of our partners pages! When: Today Friday August 14th Where: from the comfort of your home! Tune in on our Facebook Page What: amazing live music from local musicians Why: to raise money for Frederick City’s most accessible playground! Donations of any size are being collected via Venmo and PayPal @fmsrelief

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Phase 1 milestone, and grand opening information

You guys! It’s so close I can almost hear the children laughing and playing! This morning a few members of our Board, Playground Specialist, City of Frederick Parks and Rec, the City Engineer, and Department of Public Works officially met for our pre construction meeting!! Yep you read that right! Pre construction meeting! I’m so excited! In the next 8 weeks you will see all of our equipment installed for phase 1! I can not express how happy I am to FINALLY be at this step. I’m actually having a pretty hard time believing it. Reality has definitely not set in yet.

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High Schooler

This is the year she should have graduated from middle school. Off to high school. Part of me is angry that her school didn’t acknowledge her, I wanted them to remember the little girl that their peace garden is dedicated to. Part of me is so glad that the universe sent a pandemic and spared me endless pictures of graduations and celebrations of kids her age moving on to the next stage of their lives without her. Either way the overwhelming sense of missing her is there. The hurt remains. She should be joining her big sister at Frederick High this year.

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Princess Half 2021!

You guys, I can’t believe I’m writing this already. It’s time to register for the 2021 Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Sophie and Madigan’s Playground has a limited number of spots for the Princess Half and we’d love to have you on the team! This is going to sell out super quick so visit http://sophieandmadigansplayground.org/dphmw.php for all the fundraising details and to register for you spot today! #runningforsophieandmadigan

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One year ago today

One year ago today we stood shoulder to shoulder with the mayor of our city to break ground on the road that will lead to Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground. This year has been full of ups and downs and a couple of crazy sideways curveballs, but we’ve made it through. Each piece of equipment has been ordered, all of the city’s requirements have been met, contractors have been hired. Now it’s just a matter of months. This summer, into early fall, the first phase of the girls playground will be opening to welcome families of all abilities. Given the current

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Mike Marks Memorial Golf Tournament

We’re so excited to announce that the golf tournament being held by MJM 24 Foundation benefiting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground will go on! Things will change a bit to be mindful of social distancing and to keep everyone safe but the show will go on 🥰 see details below and visit https://www.mjm24.org/events.html the annual Mike Marks Memorial Golf Outing, held at The Woodlands, will benefit Sophie & Madigan’s Playground! Save the date June 26 2020 *EARLY BIRD Pricing in effect! Save 10% on player registration from now until March 28! Hurry and secure your place in the event. *Are you a first

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One Down Two To GO

I love this little picture of our playful silly Maggie moo – she was being Jake from the Neverland Pirates with her cousin. The next phase of the playground will be all pirate and mermaid themed – and I absolutely can not wait. Things are crazy at the moment and phase one is quietly being prepared for a day when we can all gather and celebrate together! Behind the scenes we’re still working hard to make sure phase 2 and phase 3 are a reality sooner rather than later. We just celebrated receiving a Maryland bond bill of $200000 to kick off

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The Lillard family of Myersville MD founded Sophie & Madigan’s Playground after their beloved girls, Sophie & Madigan, were killed in a horrific house fire in January of 2013. They are continually working to honor the girls by creating opportunities, and an inclusive play space to for the community to come together to play learn and create life long memories in ways that reflect the girls loving spirits.

For more information or to get involved please follow us on Facebook.

The Lillard family of Myersville MD founded Sophie & Madigan’s Playground after their beloved girls, Sophie & Madigan, were killed in a horrific house fire in January of 2013. They are continually working to honor the girls by creating opportunities, and an inclusive play space to for the community to come together to play learn and create life long memories in ways that reflect the girls loving spirits.

For more information or to get involved please follow us on Facebook.