Brooklyn’s Playground is set to win an extra $50,000 donation.
The Pepsi Refresh Everything website lets people vote for different charity projects, and at the end of the month the top 10 win $50,000.
As of Saturday afternoon, the local effort to build a playground for kids of all abilities sits at No. 4.
Jonny Fisher began the effort for Brooklyn’s playground for his physically disabled daughter, Brooklyn.
“The economy is tough. It’s hard to raise money right now, and any time you can go outside of the economy and get grants like this they help extremely,? said Fisher.
But there’s a lot of competition and no guarantee a last minute surge of votes for other programs won’t knock the playground off it’s perch in the top 10 during the last two days of the month.
“We went from No. 11 to No. 4 or 5 within a day. So it shows you how close everyone is in that top 15. A few votes here or there could make a difference in the last few days,” Fisher said.
Even if the charity doesn’t get the Pepsi winnings, July would still be a big success.
For the July 300 challenge, 300 businesses or individuals were asked to donate at least $300 each.
With the help of that extra push this month, Brooklyn’s Playground reached the mark of $300,000 total raised.
“I think the spark of this has gotten under a lot of people over the past year,? donor to Brooklyn’s Playground Kevin England said.
The $300,000 mark is important. because it means on Aug. 1 Brooklyn’s Playground can order the parts to get started on building. Construction week is set for the week of Sept. 19 to 24.
“We know now that the community is behind this. They’re going to make this happen,? Fisher said.
Follow the link below to Brooklyn’s Playground’s website and follow the instructions to help vote.