It Takes a Lot of Heart to Build a Playground

How do you measure the heart of a community? Just come out and join the families playing on one of two all inclusive playgrounds built in Hanover County, Virginia. Operation Hope Playgrounds dream of meeting the leisure needs of individuals with disabilities became a valuable, life changing reality with the completion of the first phase construction in 2008. Many individuals, companies, and civic organizations have supported this effort and for their investment of money and resources we are grateful. The Mechanicsville and Hanover Rotary Clubs provided not only a commitment to help fund these playgrounds but provided the manual labor required to construct the equipment. Led by, Tim Amos, volunteer project supervisor, these Rotarians spent many weekends in “all kinds” of weather to make sure children with disabilities could play along side of their peers. The rubberized surface, ramp access to play platforms, ground level play equipment and adaptive swings allow access for children and adults in wheelchairs who would typically only be spectators. These playgrounds located at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville and Poor Farm Park in Ashland are maintained by Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department and have accessible parking. Kudos to the individual and collective hearts in Hanover County for your cooperative efforts and concern for all. For more information on how to get involved with this project contact Dana Nelson at 550-2280.





Regina Adams Joseph F. Grove, PC Virginia Panchision
Lisa & Randy Adkins Carolyn & Gary Hall Sandra Payne
Harris & Carolyn Allen Richard & Melissa Harden Katherine Pearce
Carroll & Deborah Arrington Stella Harden Ken, Robyn and Reily Pearce
Dan & Suzy Aunspach Diane & Richard Harman, Jr. Friends of Canova Peterson
Suzanne Aunspach Allen & Denise Harper John & Frances Pohida
Robert Bailie Charles Harrill Mr. & Mrs. Poore
Sandra Barnes Colin & Holly Henty Clifton & Sandra Price
James H. Brennan III Melissa & William Hinkle Lorraine Pulley
Wanda S. Broner RN, MSN Dean & Sabrina Hoffmeyer Liesel Pusey
Paul Bodenstine Robert & Debra Horan June & Pat Quisenberry
Dr. Paula Brown William T. Horner * Margaret Ralston
MSG Donald H. & Patricia Byrne L.J. Hughes Clarence & Kathleen Rettig
Kathleen & James Byrnes
Shirley & Terry Husz
Kenny & Kathy Ritz
Paul & Diane Byrnes Lewis S. Jackson III PCA Lucien Roberts
Robert K. Carter
Janet & Andy Kiss
Leila & Gerald Robinson
Marcy Cason Suzan M. & Richard S. Jeantheau Kelly Roy
Lee & Susan Chambers
Pat & Bubba Kaufman
Luann & James Russell
Howard & J. Robin Chandler Judy Kilgour Teelo & Mary Rutledge
Dealia D. Clark Will, Janet & Langlee King William & Elizabeth Ryan
Charles R. Clemmons
Barbra Y. Koch
Ivy & R. Gregory Sager
Joan Cook Louise Kurylo Ann Santucci
Tim & Chris Cook
Thomas & Margo Lamotta
Raymond J. Santucci
Robert & Bernadette Cornelius
Tony & Nancy Landis
Karen & Kent Scranton
Kermit K. Cross
Patty & Richard Laughlin
Robert & Sharon Seifert
Vincent & Linda D’Agostino
Patty & Jack Lewis
Dottie Shaver
Thomas & Mary Deaner
Anne Link
Linda Simon
Ellen & John Derry Rick & Denise Long Patti & Sam Sitter
Allan & Josephine Draper
Ed & Barbara Lucas
Karen Stellato
Eileen Dumansky
Devin Lynch
Gladys S. Stevens
Charlotte & Joe Evans
Rebecca Maas
Tad & Chris Stilwell
Tommy Evans
Barbara Mann
Kristin Swineford
Teresa Fallon
Frances Wallo & Teresa Martin
Sheila & David Talley
John & Eileen Fanning
Jayne Martin
George Tapper
Thomas & Vicki Farmer
Jeffrey & Teresa Martin
Duane Taylor
Judith H. Faust
David & Irene McGillivray
Erin & Eric Tegers
Alfonso, Doris, Tyler, Liana & Jordyn Favale Lisa M. Medina Kenneth H. Theil
Constantino & Carmen Favale
Robert Mohrbacher
Karen Tindall
Ernie, Dixie, Loren & Dante Favale Angela & Timothy Moore Jennifer & Matthew Turner
Diane & E.W. Fleming Nick Montanarelli Clifton Tyler
Nancy L. Fonseca Dana & Lee Nelson Charles & Cheryl Toombs
Rachel, Lisa & Michael Ford Mary & Jack Nelson Michael & Anita Uliasz
Cheryl Formosa Martha & David Nigrelli Leanne Vietmeier
Ronald Formosa Sid Noel Lee & Arlene Vietmeier
 Robert, Yvonne, Rebecca & Alyssa Frederick Clinton J. Norris DDSPC Kimberly B. & Wesley G. Walker
David & Judith Fuller Joe O'Connor Jane Warrick
Jimmy & Michelle Gillend David & Katherine Olenyik Richie D. & Sue Watson
JL & FS Gillend Robert & Joyce O'Brien Kimberly & Charles Wickens
Richard & Deborah Gillespie Lynn R. & Greg O'Flaherty & Family Ed & Maurine Wolfgang
Margaret Graham Luann & Leroy Ories Linda R. Wright
Peggy & Norm Graham Jerry P. Owen Regina Adams & Mark J. Zanchelli
Anthony & Gordon Grappone Leann B. Owings
Susan Greenbaum GE & MH Paine
* 1st Donor    


In honor of Reily Pearce
Laura Armbrecht Lauren Hughes  
Stella, Missy & Rick Harden
Boyd & Shelly Ivester


Each year we ask our employees, their families and friends, and community-based organizational partners to volunteer their labor for a worthy cause that improves the community in some visible way.

In addition to the value of the labor we contribute, the Comcast Foundation contributes funding to an organization we select based on the number of volunteers that participate in Comcast Cares Day.

In April 2011 our volunteers made improvements at Pole Green Park, the site of Operation Hope, with the intent that Comcast Foundation funding would benefit Operations Hope.




1st Community Bank Giving Tree LTD Perretz & Young Architects, P.C.
A.D. Whittaker Construction, Inc. Grand Graphics Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Atwood’s Kwik Kopy Printing Hanover Carpet & Vinyl Rare Olde Times
Back Up Now, Inc. Hirschler Fleischer Richmond International Raceway
Balducci Builders, Inc. i9 Sports - Greater Richmond Ronald R. Toomes Insurance
Bliley Funeral Homes James River Interiors, Inc. Ryan McDougle
Bromac Construction Company J.J.K. & Associates, Inc. Southern Health Services, Inc
Canova Assoc. Architecture Keiter, Slabaugh, Penny, & Holmes Susan Greenbaum
Capital Interior Contractors, Inc. Kimley-Horn Foundations T.M. Johnson, Inc.
Colonial Webb Contractors L & M Carpet One The Mechanicsville Local
Comcast Foundation Lakeridge Builders, LLC The UPS Store 4572 (BMSA)
Commonwealth Wholesale
Long & Foster Realtors
(E. Taylor Butler)
Union Bank & Trust
Covenant Woods
Luck Stone
United Health Care
Creative Concepts
Marks Family Dentistry
Virginia Credit Union, Inc.
Diamond Springs Water, Inc.
McCaul, Martin, Evans & Cook
Virginia Traditions Construction
Domestic Corporation
Mechanicsville Backhoe, Inc.
Walker Consulting Group
Dover Creek International
MEM Interiors, Inc.
Duffy’s Repair Service, Inc.
Newbridge Construction
Farmer Machine Co. North Ashland Plaza, Inc. Wilton Real Estate Corporation 
First Community Bank Oakwood Scientific Laboratory  
GAF/ELK Oliver C. Greenwood  


Alpha Delta Kappa, Beta Delta Chapter
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #38
Moose Lodge 1947
Ashland Kiwansis Club
Friends of Hanover
Oak Knoll Middle School
Atlee Ruritans
Greater Richmond Civitan Club
Pamunkey Jr. Women's Club
BETA Club at Oak Knoll M.S.
Hanover Junior Woman's Club
PTO - Rural Point Elementary
Boy Scout Troop 503
Hanover Rotary Club
Rainmaker's Festival
Civitan's Chesapeake District Foundation
Hanover Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.
Rural Point Elementary
Community Women's Club
(In honor of Joseph Lewis Gray)
Hanover Ruritans Club Rural Plains Women's Club
Cool Spring Elementary School Knights of Columbus 11042 Tuckahoe Moose Lodge #1163
Cool Spring Elementary School PTA Knights of Columbus KOVAR VFW Ashland Chapter 1252
Cool Spring Elementary School Staff Loyal Order of Moose, Richmond East Lodge No. 1947 Virginia Traditions Construction
Mr. Crew's Fifth Grade Class
(Cool Spring Elementary School)
Mech. Catholic Mens Assoc. Wal-Mart
Dominion Foundation Mechanicsville Rotary West Central Richmond Optimist Club
EZ Riders of Richmond Motorcycle Club Mechanicsville Ruritans Women of the Moose, Richmond East Chapter No. 1543
EZRR Club, Inc.
(EZ Road Runners)
Moms Club of Mechanicsville  


Authors who Donated Signed Books
Church of the Redeemer
Susan Greenbaum & Band
Bill Davis
Copy Cat
The Lighthouse
Catholic Daughters
Project Lifesaver w/ Tim Sutton of Hanover Co.

Everyone who has helped sell or purchase raffle tickets
All businesses who helped sell raffle tickets:
  Ashland Coffee & Tea   Jersey Mike's Kings Charter Location
  Beautiful Bodies Auto & Truck Painting   Laura D's
  Beyond Bangz   Lighthouse Christian Bookstore
  Coldwell Bank Realty Dew Realty   Mechanicsville Drugstore
  Commonwealth Wholesale   Pump-It Up