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Klyde Warren Park Receives $25K Match Donation for Campaign

DALLAS (April 7, 2014) — Klyde Warren Park’s “i heart the park” campaign, its first public fundraising effort to support its daily free programming, has received a large donation from Mr. and Mrs. William Ward. The Wards have agreed to match every dollar donated through the campaign from April 15-May 15, up to $25,000. The Ward family has been a long-time supporter of the park and was one of the original donors to the capital campaign.


“Klyde Warren Park has created new life and energy for our city, and it’s now time for us – the community – to give back,” said Cindy Ward. “Bill and I have believed in this park from the beginning, and we are excited to see the community continue to come together to support our new town square through ‘i heart the park.’”


The campaign officially launched on Feb. 14 with a goal of raising $50,000. The park hosts over 1,300 programs and special events each year, which require approximately ten percent of its annual budget of $3.5 million. Over the last month and a half, Klyde Warren Park has raised approximately $25,000 – half of the campaign’s $50,000 goal – through online donations and merchandise sales. With this matching donation, the campaign could surpass its goal by 50 percent – reaching $75,000 – by May 15. By donating to the “i heart the park” campaign, patrons are helping keep the park a hub of activity in the center of Dallas. Patrons can donate directly and purchase merchandise by visiting www.iheartthepark.com/participate.html.


“We are so thankful to the Ward family for their gracious donation that we hope will continue our fundraising momentum,” said Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park. “The Wards’ generosity is just one example of the numerous kind acts and dedication that led to the creation of Klyde Warren Park, a decade-long vision led by our Board Chairman, Jody Grant, and his wife, Sheila. We are forever grateful for their steadfast commitment and continued hard work.”


The Wards’ donation comes days before Sheila and Jody Grant receive the 86th Linz Award on Wednesday, April 8 in recognition for their leadership and dedicated efforts that led to the opening of Klyde Warren Park. Identified as one of the oldest and most prestigious civic recognitions, the annual Linz Award honors a citizen or couple whose civic or humanitarian efforts created the greatest benefit to the city of Dallas. Since 2004, the Grants have played an instrumental role in the creation of Klyde Warren Park, both serving on the Woodall Rodgers Foundation Board and helping lead the original capital campaign that raised millions of private dollars in order to help make Klyde Warren Park a reality for the city of Dallas.


For more information on the “i heart the park” campaign, please visit www.iheartthepark.com. To learn more about Klyde Warren Park’s free daily programming, please visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org.


About Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park, bridging Uptown Dallas to Downtown Dallas. The park includes a performance pavilion, restaurant, dog park, children's park, great lawn, shaded walking paths, water features, free Wi-Fi, ping pong and foosball tables, and a reading and games area. Our mission is to provide free programming and educational opportunities for the enrichment of visitors’ lives, to showcase the multitude of cultures and talents Dallas has to offer, and to be a town square where citizens may congregate and create traditions. Klyde Warren Park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on programming, volunteering or to make a donation to support free daily programs, please visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org.


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