Thank You for Your Support!

We would like to say THANK YOU to the Marathon Classic LPGA sponsors and Everence #GivingTuesday419 donors for raising over $111,000 for Sara’s Garden and its special needs kids!

In 2020, a year where all of our fundraisers were cancelled, all of our therapy services cut back due to social distancing, our schools closed due to COVID-19, and private grants and state program funds reduced due to economic downturns, Sara’s Garden and New Horizons Academy cannot express how truly grateful and thankful we are for the Marathon Classic LPGA sponsors and the Everence #GivingTuesday419 donors, who helped support us and our special needs kids and families during one of the toughest years that we have ever experienced! You are truly angels in disguise!

#GivingTuesday419 has always been about giving back to others, showing thankfulness and gratitude for what we have, and sharing with those who need it. But this year, Giving Tuesday donations meant so much more. “This year, we just cannot thank our donors enough for helping us to get through these tough economic times and for caring so much for our special needs kids and their families,” shared Sara’s Garden CEO Matt Rychener.

Among the very generous Giving Tuesday donors, raising over $76,000, for Sara’s Garden and its special needs play areas at its New Horizons Academy campuses in Wauseon and Springfield were—

  • Shari Beck
  • Paul Berndt
  • Delta Auxiliary
  • Jeff Nofziger
  • Various Anonymous Donors

For more information on #GivingTuesday419, Everence’s over $1 million fundraising effort, or on other grateful non-profit organizations helped by Giving Tuesday and its donors, log onto Everence’s website HERE.

Thank you to these donors and the Marathon Classic LPGA sponsors for helping our special needs children to meet their recreational, physical, educational, and therapeutic needs, and to meet them SAFELY! From the time we first proposed these playground projects until now, the world changed for our special needs kids, and so our playground plans had to change to meet the added health and safety demands of COVID. Without generous donors and sponsors like ours, this just would not have been possible.

“2020 has challenged businesses, communities and families in ways that were never thought possible. Despite the many challenges caused by COVID-19, this year’s Marathon LPGA Classic tournament raised a record $600,000 for 25 Northwest Ohio children’s charities,” explained Manager of Advertising & Brand Management at Marathon Petroleum John Rice. For a complete Marathon LPGA sponsor list, log onto their Facebook page HERE.

Sara’s Garden is very pleased, humbled, and grateful to be among those 25 children’s charities supported by the Marathon LPGA Classic. Thanks to its sponsors, Sara’s Garden received $35,000 towards its special needs play areas. “Considering all the challenges presented by COVID-19 this year, this is an accomplishment we’re extra proud of. We thank the sponsors, the volunteers, and all the loyal supporters of the Marathon LPGA Classic. Without them, this would not be possible,” shared Rice.

Thank you, Marathon Classic LPGA sponsors and Everence #GivingTuesday419 donors for raising over $111,000, so our special needs kids can PLAY and play SAFELY! Thank you for your generosity, caring, and INCREDIBLE support!

Fundraising efforts continue for the inclusive outdoor playground at our NHA campus in Springfield Township in Holland. For more information on our playground projects, our regional special needs schools, or how you can help support therapeutic play in Northwest Ohio, call 419-335-7272 or log onto

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