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GINN Fundraising Gala – March 27, 2010

March 24, 2010

On March 27, 2010, Help Us BeGinn Again At WNC’S Spring Party!

Let the Winchester Neighbors Club take you From Aspen To Antigua, all to benefit the Ginn Field Playground Restoration Project.  Food by Green Olive, steel drum music by PanNeubean Steel,  open bar (beer sponsored by Anheuser Busch, wine and specialty drinks), and the opportunity to purchase a variety of once in a lifetime experiences in silent and live auctions await you.   Some of the amazing auction items include the opportunity to spend 2011’s April vacation week at a fabulous 4 bedroom villa in the five star resort Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, a private outing aboard a luxury Hinckley Picnic boat, and build your own wine cellar.  Tickets are $125 each.  Buy tickets at  If you can’t make it to the event you can still bid on the fabulous auction items by proxy.  Go to for a complete listing and for the proxy form.

All proceeds from the sale of these auction items go directly to the GINN Playground Restoration Project.

Willy Wonka and GINN Playground – A Huge Success!

March 23, 2010

THANK  YOU COOPERATIVE THEATRE!!!   The Willy Wonka – GINN Playground Benefit show was a huge success. We raised over $2,300 from this performance.   The show was wonderful and the kids all seemed very interested in our latest playground design.   Thank you all for attending this fun Winchester event.   Want more fun?? Come join us at the WNC-GINN Playground Restoration Event this Saturday March 27th. It should be a great time.  You can buy tickets at  Further details below…

Thank you Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School and Winchester’s Disability Access Commission

January 27, 2010

The GINN Playground Restoration Project just received generous contributions from two local Winchester organizations. The Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School and Winchester’s Disability Access Commission.   We truly appreciate their contributions to this important initiative to revitalize one of Winchester’s community landmarks.   More information regarding both of these organizations is noted below.

With these contributions, the total raised since October is over $81,000. We still need your help however since the total cost of the playground is estimated to be approximately $300,000.  If you haven’t already sent in your contribution or you lost your form you can pay via PayPal under Donate Here or print and send in the following form. With your help we can BeGINN Again!!

Click to Open Engraved Fence Post/Brick and General Contribution Form

The Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School (NCNS) is a Co-operative preschool with strong parental involvement in classroom activities and an emphasis on small class sizes.  NCNS welcomes children 2.9 to five years of age. The school schedule includes morning and afternoon classes with extended day options for all.  NCNS provides a safe, nurturing environment where each child can develop in his or her unique and special way. NCNS currently has openings for the 2010/2011 school year and invites all who are interested to an informational Open House on Thursday, February 4, at 7pm at 21 Church St in Winchester.

For more information, contact Jan DiPerna at 781-729-8081 or visit

The Disability Access Commission carries out programs in coordination with programs of the State Office of Handicapped Affairs in order to bring out full and equal participation in all aspects of life in the Town of people with disabilities. They meet regularly at Town Hall. Please contact Winchester Town Hall to find out the current schedule.

We DID IT!!!!!!!

January 14, 2010

We are very excited to announce that we have reached the $240,000 needed to break ground on a new GINN Playground!!!!! We could not have reached this significant milestone without the tremendous support of neighbors, friends, and local businesses. We can’t thank all of our supporters enough for enabling the children of Winchester to once again have a functioning playground in downtown Winchester.

While this is a significant milestone we still need another $40,000 to finish the playground. So there is still time to give. We would truly appreciate any and all donations. We can now BeGINN Again!! THANK YOU

Thank You ENKA Society

December 14, 2009

The GINN Playground Restoration Project is very pleased to announce that the ENKA Society has very generously donated $3,000 to this project.  The ENKA Society is a woman’s non-profit volunteer organization. En Ka’s mission is to raise funds to contribute to non-profit organizations that serve the people of Winchester through funding, supplies and equipment, and to perform direct-service charitable activities. We are honored to receive such a generous gift which will go a long way in making a new GINN playground a reality.

This donation together with the contributions we have received to date from many generous Winchester residents, has enabled us to raise over $70,000!

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by year end,  so if you haven’t already, please send in your brick/fence post/general contribution form by December 31st.    If you lost your form, you can print another form below and send it to WNC-GINN Playground Restoration Project* P.O. Box 245 * Winchester, MA 01890.

Click Here to Download General Contribution/Engraved Fence Post/Engraved Brick Form

BeGINN Again Launch Party – A Huge Success!

October 18, 2009

The GINN Playground Launch Party was a huge success!  Despite the last minute venue change to Town Hall due to unpredictable weather, hundreds of people showed up to support the fundraising kick off for GINN Playground’s Restoration and we raised over $40,000.    So our grand total raised to date is over $50,000 which has been raised in just 4 weeks! This is a great start and the momentum is just starting to build.

Even though the sun was shining, the temperature seemed more appropriate for a December morning, so we were thankful that the party was brought inside. And what a party it was! Hundreds of people came out to hear Liz Buchanan singing, clapping and dancing to some classic children’s songs,  followed up by Big Joe the Storyteller, who was somehow able to lure the children away from the bouncy house and entrance them with his version of King Midas and the Golden Touch.   The day could not have ended on a better note, as the Pixie Sticks, a seven piece band from Somerville, took the stage by storm and knocked our socks off with their super cool songs including Scupernong (check out their MySpace pag), and their inventive instruments which included some coconuts and an autoharp. While all of this was going on Brian,  the director of Kidstock,  was trying desperately to keep up with the demand for his beautiful face-painting creations.  He worked tirelessly to make lions, and tigers and bears out of what seemed to be the entire Winchester pre-school system.  (At one point the face-painting line was almost out the door!)   The party was so successful that by 11:00, we had sold out of all of our pumpkins and had to do a quick restock to keep all of our budding Picasso’s happy.   The helium tank for our balloon raffle had run out by 12:30, but thankfully we had just enough balloons around to keep the tantrums in check.

The response to the GINN Playground Restoration Launch Party was truly overwhelming and we can’t thank you enough for your support.  It is clear from the number of donations we received,  that there is strong interest in getting our only in-town playground rebuilt.    You can be part of the solution to fix our beloved playground. Please consider donating so that we can BeGINN Again!!

Vineyard Vines Bags have arrived!

October 3, 2009

Ginn Field Playground Restoration Committee (BeGINN Again) announces the limited release custom-designed classic tote bags and ties from Vineyard VinesTM. .One of the tote bag/tie designs features patterns of town signs highlighting the different neighborhoods of Winchester. The other design features the Winchester Sachem symbol. These are designed to be a hometown holiday gift for teachers, babysitters and any current or former Winchester residents.  All profits from the sale of the bags will benefit the renovation of Winchester’s Ginn Field playground. Bags are $85 ($10 less than the traditional Vineyard Vine classic tote) and are now available at Winchester retailers T. Michaels, Elegant Affair and Bookends.  Supplies are limited, and the stock is expected to sell out quickly.Final version


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