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Little Black Dress Night raises money for inclusive playground

"This is exactly what our community needs."

Posted: Nov 9, 2017 9:19 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2017 6:07 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa - A new playground will soon be available in north Iowa that all kids will be able to play on, regardless of disabilities.
Thursday night people came out dressed in black for the 11th annual Little Black Dress Night. The money raised from tips, a silent auction, sexy shoe contest and raffle all goes toward the "Everybody Plays" playground that will cater to kids with disabilities.

A local mother of two disabled children points out no playground in Clear Lake is equipped for kids with disabilities, and she's not the only one noticing.

"I've had parents that come here for the summer reach out to me saying that I have a daughter with cerebral palsy and she is not able to go to the park, and she’s getting old enough to understand that now, so when the other two kids go, she has to stay behind with her and she cries. This is exactly what our community needs,” says Christina Maulsby.

Maulsby says the playground will also allow all kids to socialize and play together. They are hoping to break ground on the playground this coming summer.

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