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Amgen Foundation joins forces with non-profit KaBOOM! to build seven playgrounds in 2010


Thousands of children and families will receive great new places to play thanks to a grant from the Amgen Foundation to KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization making children and communities healthier by creating great places to play. The Amgen Foundation grant will enable seven new playgrounds to be built across the U.S. and Puerto Rico by volunteers that are expected to provide more than 50,000 children and 28,000 families with a great place to play. In 2010, KaBOOM! will work with Amgen staff volunteers and others to build playgrounds in Cambridge, Mass., Juncos, Puerto Rico, Loveland, Colo., Providence, R.I., and Seattle as well as the San Francisco Bay Area and Ventura County in California. 'We're absolutely thrilled to join forces with such a terrific organization like the Amgen Foundation,' KaBOOM! CEO & Co-Founder Darell Hammond said. 'In making this grant to KaBOOM!, the Amgen Foundation is making a commitment to the well-being of children and we're excited that KaBOOM! will move closer to our vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.' KaBOOM!, a Washington D.C. based non-profit organization, has helped build more than 1,700 playgrounds, skateparks, ice rinks and sports fields across North America since its inception in 1996 via its innovative community-build model. 'The Amgen Foundation is excited to join with KaBOOM! not only to provide a safe place for children to play in communities where Amgen has a presence, but to also engage and inspire community leaders, schools and parents to take an active role in their neighborhoods,' said Jean Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. 'The KaBOOM! builds would also not be possible without the community and Amgen staff volunteers who come together to make a difference in their communities.' The first playground build kicks off on June 5 when more than 500 volunteers will join efforts to build playgrounds in Providence and Seattle. In less than eight hours, volunteers will build child-designed playgrounds at Washington Park Community Center in Providence and Tiny Tots Development Center in Seattle. On June 19, hundreds of volunteers will build a playground in a single day at the Cambridge Community Center, while volunteers will accomplish the feat again in Loveland on June 26 at the Orchard Place housing complex. Subsequent single-day playground builds are planned in Ventura County (August), the San Francisco Bay Area (September) and Juncos (December). In all, more than 1,400 volunteers from Amgen and the surrounding communities will work together to build the seven playgrounds, moving more than 272,000 square feet of safety surfacing, mixing more than 140,000 pounds of concrete and adding more than 17,500 square feet of playspace in the process. The 2010 playground projects follow a string of successful playground builds as Amgen and KaBOOM! partnered to build two playgrounds in 2008 and three playgrounds in 2009 across the country and in Puerto Rico. About Amgen Foundation The Amgen Foundation (www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html) seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made more than US$140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster relief efforts internationally. About KaBOOM! Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the company is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,700 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers -- a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif.

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