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Ribbon-Cutting at Essick Playground
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Park After Dark Program Launches in Reading
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G|H Draft Party 2016
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Unique Park Program a Hit in Berks County
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NFL Players Help to Rebuild Local Playgrounds
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3rd Annual G|H Railroad Run
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Barbey’s Playground Ongoing Revitalization
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Gilmore | Henne’s Ongoing Revitalization Efforts
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Eagles Square Off Against Berks County Native Chad Henne
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Ribbon Cut On New Playground
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Vandalism No Set-Back
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NFL Players’ Foundation To Revitalize 16th & Haak Playground
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Gilmore | Henne Railroad Run raises funds
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Reading event promotes ‘Peace in the Streets’
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Learn to appreciate what Reading has
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Barbey’s Playground is wired, thanks to a new partnership
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Grant used to make Reading playground a Wi-Fi “hot spot”
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Work provides better place to play
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Gilmore | Henne Foundation helps revamp Fleetwood park
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Fleetwood work to yield better place to play
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Friends of Fleetwood park thank community, Gilmore | Henne
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NFL stars, Berks natives ‘Rally for Recreation’ on golf course
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NFL Players’ Fund to rebuild playground in Fleetwood
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City again a playful place, Humana Foundation says
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Reading a ‘Playful City’ again in 2013
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Locust Street Park to get free makeover
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National Day of Service
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Subway Restaurant honors 12 service groups
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YMCA gives kudos to nonprofit groups
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Christine Anderton, Gilmore Henne Community Fund, executive director
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Community fund gives some city kids ‘their only shot at Christmas’
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Dozens gather for Temple tree-lighting
People gathered at Temple Playground on Thursday to celebrate what organizers hope will be the first of many Christmas tree-lightings at the park.
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Reading crime summit ideas
Community leaders focus on what should happen during, after planned get-together
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Disabled former Marine leads charge for playground
When he shakes your hand, it feels like Chris Kaag could pull off your arm.
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New Reading playground gives all children an Opportunity
Part of the joy of being a child is playing with your friends, but for some kids, playing with others can be a challenge.
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NFL players are pros at playground work
Wilson grads Chad Henne and John Gilmore help restore West Lawn site
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Opportunity House playground design a first in Berks
Volunteers build facility to accommodate able-bodied children, those with disabilities
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NFL stars help revitalize playground
Two NFL stars with roots in Berks County were helping revitalize Reading’s West Lawn Playground.
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Fox 29 News Coverage of The Backyard at Opportunity House
View the press coverage of The Backyard playground build with Gilmore | Henne Community Fund, IM Able Foundation, and Berks Youth in Action.
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Young women aim for a better community in Berks
Girls attend summit sponsored by Junior League of Reading
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Upgraded Barbey’s Playground debuts in city
The newly improved Barbey’s Playground was unveiled Thursday in Reading following two years of renovations and lots of help from volunteers and neighbors.
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Ribbon-cutting at Reading playground will mark city’s designation as a ‘playful city’
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, the Gilmore | Henne Community Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and Reading will hold a ribbon-cutting at Barbey’s Playground to unveil the completed park revitalization project.
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Golf outing raises money for Gilmore-Henne Foundation
Two NFL stars from Berks County hit the links with 170 other people Friday afternoon.
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Berks Youth in Action raises thousands for city playground
Twenty-six high school students from Wyomissing, Berks Catholic and Wilson have helped raise more than $100,000 to build a playground in Reading.
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New playground equipment due at West Lawn Park
More upgrades possible with help from nonprofit
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Berks Youth in Action has big plans for playground
Teens from three high schools raising funds to help build Opportunity House playground
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Reading’s Opportunity House plans fundraiser for special playground
Three groups plan to raise funds to build a playground designed for children with disabilities at Opportunity House’s new Second Street Learning and Technology Center in Reading.
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33 young women attend Junior League of Reading leadership summit
The Junior League of Reading Inc. hosted its first Young Women’s Summit on Saturday, March 3, in the GoggleWorks arts center in Reading.
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Scholarships
Berks County Community Foundation distributed scholarships valued at $500 or more to the following Wilson High School students:
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Volunteers surprised by presence of a Saint
John Gilmore parties with namesake group
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Peace on the Streets event draws crowd to Barbey’s
Community groups gave Reading kids a last hurrah of summer with a Peace on the Streets event Sunday at Barbey’s Playground in the 200 block of Schuylkill Avenue.
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New mural covers graffiti at Stonecliffe Park
The renovation and the mural project were made possible by a Community Development Block Grant, grants from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Gilmore-Henne Community Fund and funding from the county.
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Gilmore, Henne have stepped up
The efforts of John Gilmore and Chad Henne to revitalize playgrounds and restore program opportunities for Berks County youth goes beyond words of commendation.
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NFL players Chad Henne, John Gilmore holding events in Berks County
NFL players Chad Henne and John Gilmore will be hosting some special events in conjunction with Berks County Community Foundation in June and July. Both players attened Wilson Area High School and Gilmore also played at Penn State.

NFL players John Gilmore and Chad Henne to tackle two parks in two days
Neighborhood volunteers will gather this weekend to clean, paint, and rebuild neighborhood parks. On Saturday, July 9, volunteers will renovate Barbey’s Playground at Elm Street and Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. On Sunday, July 10, volunteers will pitch in to rebuild the Temple Playground in Muhlenberg Township.
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Wilson grads raise money for their community fund
Two professional football players who are also Wilson High School graduates spent their Saturday raising money for a community fund they established.
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Athletes tackle playground cleanup for Reading kids
Gilmore, Henne, Kowal team up
When Tampa Bay Buccaneer John Gilmore took his 3-year-old son to play at his childhood playground at Second and Oley streets last summer, it brought tears to his eyes.
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Hometown heroes renew a Reading playground
When I have an opportunity to talk to elementary or middle school youth, I ask what they want to be when they grow up.
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Gilmore and Henne reach out
Today’s healings reveal too many professional athletes who are irresponsible and take for granted the blessings they have. Fortunately, Berks County has two successful athletes who are making a monumental contribution.
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Athletes Turned Pro Revitalize Playground
A foundation headed up by two NFL players is working to make a city neighborhood a bit brighter. One of the players involved is returning to his roots to motivate the home team to take charge.
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