Last summer I was selected to be a part of the Greater Pensacola Chamber’s Leadership Pensacola program. It’s similar to leadership programs in other cities with a series of opportunities to explore the local community, understand its infrastructure, and potential for future growth. I’ve enjoyed meeting other professionals in the program and I’ve learned a great deal about Northwest Florida.
What I am most proud of from this experience is the opportunity I’ve had to be a part of LeaPplay, a class project to renovate the playroom space at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. We’re essentially giving the playroom area an extreme makeover that will give the young hospital patients a vibrant and roomier space to play, read and watch movies. It’s a place they can go to get out of their hospital room and enjoy the same activities they would if they were at home.
While I won’t be ripping out walls or installing new flooring (we leave that to the professionals who have kindly sponsored LeaPplay!), I am helping to spread the word about our project to media, potential donors and others who have an interest in helping our cause. Our dedicated marketing committee launched the LeaPplay brand in just a few short weeks last fall. Local creative agencies Appleyard Agency and Clever Ogre provided the project’s graphic identity and website, respectively. We’re using videos on YouTube and commercials produced courtesy of Cox Communications to tell our story on television. We’re active on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re speaking to local civic and community groups throughout the area. You may even see a car wash or two as we look for any potential avenue to get support for LeaPplay and make the new playroom a reality for the kids at Sacred Heart.
It’s been fun to be a part of this grassroots effort and we’re not finished yet. If all goes as planned, we’ll raise the funds necessary to begin construction in March and cut the ribbon on the brand new play space in May. If you would like to learn more or donate to LeaPplay, please visit leapplay.org.