9078 Union Centre Boulevard
Common Ground Playground is an all-inclusive playground designed to encourage children and adults of all levels and abilities to interact with each other. The playground's educational and interactive environment is unlike any other in the region, going beyond the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act to promote complete social inclusion and cooperative play.
A personal note from Rick:
Ellie and I lost our oldest daughter, Mary, in 2018. As you can imagine, this has been devastating. Mary was known for making people feel loved. One of her friends shared that she was having a difficult time in her life when Mary saw her across the hallway, ran over to her and gave her a big hug with a big smile. Mary’s friend shared how this not only changed her day, but her life. Since her passing, we have felt her presence in our life in powerful ways.We decided to do our best, by the grace of God, to bring about some good. We were introduced to a very special all-abilities inclusive playground in Mason (on 42 N of Crossroads) that was in the last leg of fund raising. Through your generosity, $250,000 was raised. It is hard to express how much this means to our family.Mason offered to have a statue of Mary placed at the front of the park to honor her legacy of love and inspiration. For us, it is not only about honoring Mary, but all the parents & friends that take the time to open their hearts to those with disabilities. Mary taught me, that while her Special Needs were more obvious than most of ours, they were far less severe. The dignity of a person far transcends their intelligence, wealth, or looks - it is a matter of the heart - of love.
John visits with his big sister
Mary welcomes everyone to Makino Park as they enter.
A mural features butterflies inscribed with names of those remembered.
BLOC exists to cultivate an atmosphere for growth, acceptance, love and opportunity among it's community members. Caring for and challenging every young person, student, family and adult who is willing to take a step forward to better themselves and change their lives. BLOC aspires to open pathways for everyone’s future in a world where no one else will.
We are proud to support the Horses on the Hill (HOTH) project – an innovative new program serving at-risk urban children, teens, and adults living in the heart of urban Cincinnati. First-of-its-kind in Ohio, the program utilizes horses and equine-assisted therapy to grow life skills, build stronger character, and help some of our area’s most wounded and at-risk individuals to overcome obstacles and heal.
We recently welcomed pianist, composer, and inspirational speaker Eric Genuis to perform uplifting original content for people served by Ken Anderson Alliance.
There is much Reason to Hope for a cure. We were so honored to sponsor a table with our good friends, Jennifer Loveless and John Loveless in support of an important cause that touches so many.
We were also honored to sponsor a table for the One City For Recovery. I am amazed by the work being done everyday by so many selfless souls. Thank you Greg Cocca for the opportunity. Tim Senff you did a great job as always!
Rick previously served as a founding board member of St. Therese the Little Flower in Lebanon which is the church that he and his family attend.
Scheeler Financial showed their support to the Dave Lapham & Ken Anderson Charitable Golf Outing by sponsoring both the flights and dinner. Rick was a founding board member of Ken Anderson Alliance which is a non-profit creating live, work, play opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.