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As of Jan. 2, 2015, the Sully Central Park playground fund drive has reached $12,850 of the $50,000 needed for the project. To donate any amount or to a specific playground item, forms are at both banks in Sully, Hometown Press in Sully, and at Checks need to be made payable to The Sully Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The early donations were used to make the downpayment needed before 2015 to guarantee no price increase for the equipment purchase.

playground_graph11st State Bank donated $1,250 to the Sully playground. From left, Lejon Ladwig of 1st State Bank presents the check to park committee members Amy Harthoorn and Jessica Winegar.

The Sully Foundation presented $1,000 to Sully Mayor Brent Vander Molen (left). According to Margaret
Vander Weerdt (right), president of The Sully Foundation, funds over expenses and future upkeep of the Jasper County Freedom Rock have been designated for the playground project, and this was the first donation by the foundation to the playground.

The first $10,000 for the playground was received early in December 2014. Teryl Ver Ploeg (left) of the Sully Central Park Playground Committee receives a check for $7,500 from Jim Magnuson. Magnuson is a director of CoBank, one of four funding banks of the farm credit system. Each year, CoBank makes charitable donations of each director's choice, and Magnuson chose the new Sully playground. "The town square is the centerpiece of the community, and this is a great opportunity to make it even more vital for many eyars," Magnuson said. "And every time the grandkids come, they have to go to the playground now and play on the swings, so the new one will be great." Marilyn Magnuson (right) presents a check for $2,500 from the Magnusons to Stephanie Rozendaal of the Sully Central Park Committee to complete the first $10,000 donation jumpstarting the playground fund raising.