A letter sent to all Lake Panorama Association members in late July is resulting in additional donations for a playground at Sunset Beach. The letter outlined efforts by the Friends of Lake Panorama to raise enough money to lock in the current bid for the planned playground.

Friends of Lake Panorama is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, which is focused on improving recreational amenities at Lake Panorama.

The Friends board kicked off its first fundraising campaign last fall with a similar mailing, and more than $35,000 was donated in the last six weeks of 2014. Since a high percentage of charitable contributions are made towards the end of each year, the Friends board is asking LPA members to consider making a 2015 charitable contribution now, rather than waiting until December.

In the first three weeks after the special mailing, $4,500 was donated for the Sunset Beach playground. The playground is geared to ages 5-12, and has a play area capacity of 165. The main play structure includes multiple slides, bridges and climbing opportunities. Several smaller play structures surround the main area.

The Friends board remains committed to raising enough money for the complete playground. However, to help advance this project, they will consider building the playground in two phases, if necessary. The mailing LPA members received showed both the full playground, and a possible first phase, which could be built for $50,000.

A form sent with the letter outlined the ways donations can be made to Friends of Lake Panorama. Cash, check, credit card, securities transfers and estate gifts all are welcome. Donations can be given in someone’s memory or in honor of someone.

All contributions to Friends of Lake Panorama are tax deductible, and all donors receive a letter of thanks as their receipt. Only donations of $500 or more receive public recognition. Donations of $50,000 or more will receive special recognition, with the possibility of naming rights for the playground.