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Miller's names September winner of $500

Caitlin Shook of Miller's Fine Drycleaning hands check to Anne Hodge (center) and Sarah Allholm Pearson of HIPP. Caitlin Shook of Miller's Fine Drycleaning hands check to Anne Hodge (center) and Sarah Allholm Pearson of HIPP.

An organization of parents and community members working to create an inclusive playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side was named the September winner of a $500 grant from Millers Fine Drycleaning as part of its 100th anniversary.

To mark the centennial, Miller’s launched a program giving back to customers and one giving back to non-profits in Henderson County.

The promotion for customers is a drawing for a year’s worth of free dry cleaning. To enter, customers complete an entry form at either Miller’s location. One winner will be drawn from all entries in December 2015. The winner is eligible for up to $1,000.00 in free dry cleaning to be redeemed in 2016.

For the community promotion, Miller’s is giving $500 each month through November to a nominated Henderson County non-profit. To vote, add Miller’s Fine Drycleaning as a friend on Facebook and follow the instructions on how to nominate. Miller’s will close the campaign at the end of each month and choose the charity that received the most posts during the month. The charity must be a registered 501(c)3 in Henderson County, North Carolina. A charity can only win one time.

The Hendersonville Inclusive Playground Project (HIPP) is a group of motivated parents and community members who aim to create a state-of-the-art inclusive playground. Inclusive playgrounds provide accessible, universal play spaces that allow children, regardless of physical, mental, or developmental needs, to play side-by-side with their able-bodied peers. The idea is that play areas are not just places where kids have fun, but places where kids learn to interact with the world and each other. Inclusive play spaces serve as joyful incubators of a more inclusive society, in which children with disabilities can enjoy equal opportunities to flourish.

“We appreciate everyone who voted for us on facebook and especially Miller’s Drycleaning for awarding us this generous donation," HIPP co-chair Anne Hodge said. "These funds will help us continue our commitment to our dream."

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