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GSF-Lexington Helps Community Open New Park

Grand Opening of New Willie B. Caractor Park

Grand Opening of New Willie B. Caractor Park

Partnering with the town of Lexington, GSFF-Lexington helped build a park for a low income neighborhood.  Named after a well-known educator, Willie B. Caractor, the park will help bring the community together by allowing children and families to gather and enjoy each other’s company.

“It is hard to believe that after five years of working on this project, it is finally complete, says Lexington Foundation member and Regional Representative Gregg Tarlton, who spearheaded  the event. “When all of the festivities were coming to an end at the Grand Opening, everyone’s hard work and commitment to this project was validated by seeing the children and families from the community laughing and playing in the park.”

“It was a monumental day, as we’ve been working on this for five years,” added Vice President Distribution – East, Tim Heskett, and an active volunteer in the Lexington chapter of the Foundation. “It was really heartwarming. And the park is just outstanding.  The neighborhood is really proud of this park.”

GSF donated a generous $40,000 to the park for this renovation ($20,000 from the Foundation and $20,000 from Corporate). “People were shocked that so much of that money came out of associates’ payroll checks!” explained Gregg.

The park was officially christened with a ribbon cutting by Willie’s daughter, Constance Flemming, a local elementary school teacher.  “Willie would say, ‘I don’t deserve any of this,’” she shared, “’but since you did it, you may as well do it right.’”

And that, they did.

Look for more on this story in the upcoming summer issue of the GSF Foundation Heartline newsletter, soon.