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ACBL Charity Grant Makes Oz Reachable

The ACBL Charity Foundation supports many charities and nonprofit organizations through grants. Recently, the Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit Reachability Foundation of Los Angeles CA.

In 2009, Joclynn Benjamin (oldest daughter of Culver City CA bridge player Peter Benjamin) and business partner Eric Amundson formed the Reachability Foundation to provide benevolent assistance to low income families with children with special needs.

The $25,000 grant from the ACBL Charity Foundation will be used for a Wizard of Oz-themed event hosted at the Shalom Institute Family Camp in Malibu. The entire camp will be transformed into the Land of Oz and the kids will participate in:

  • Lion activities, to earn courage as they challenge themselves in horseback riding, zip lining and the ropes course.
  • Scarecrow activities, as they use their brains to problem-solve, do puzzles and overcome obstacles.
  • Tin Man activities, as they do something good or show they careŚ trying a new food or caring for the animals in the petting zoo.

The kids will use the stamps they earn to obtain the ruby slippers that will take them home. While the kids are engaged in their activities, the parents may participate in a number of workshops featuring professional speakers discussing how to deal with children with special needs.

Reachability Foundation partners Eric Amundson and Joclynn Benjamin, and ACBL Charity Foundation Trustee Bonnie Bagley.