BY BILL WILSON
Bill Wilson Copyright © 2009
First Lady Michelle Obama and California First Lady Maria Shriver to Join 500 Volunteers to Build Community Playground and Kick off 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service*
First Lady Maria Shriver will continue her dedication to encouraging all Californians to serve their communities by constructing the first fully volunteer-built intergenerational playground in the nation to kick-off the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service on Monday, June 21.
First Lady Michelle Obama, who shares Maria Shriver’s commitment to service and who has dedicated her career and her current platform to encouraging community involvement, will join her during the playground service project, an event that marks Shriver’s 31st playground build throughout California.
With 4,500 expected attendees, the conference is the largest gathering in the world of leaders of the service and volunteering sector.
WHAT: Playground Service Project to Kick-Off 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service
The playground will provide a space for people of all ages to come together and play, and is inspired by Shriver’s commitment to create safe play spaces for children and families. The intergenerational play space is being built in collaboration with CaliforniaVolunteers, KaBOOM!, and Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, which continues Shriver’s advocacy on behalf of families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.
WHO: First Lady Michelle Obama* and *California First Lady Maria Shriver*will join 500 volunteers from the community, the San Francisco School Volunteers program, and attendees of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service to construct each of the playground’s elements in just one day.
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009; Brief scheduled remarks at 12:30 PM*
WHERE: Bret Harte Elementary School — 1035 Gilman Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124
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Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at email@example.com.