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The Sandy Ground Project

The Sandy Ground

Inspired by the senseless violence in Newtown CT, and on the heels of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the RAINE Foundation has continued in our mission to help children in crisis.

RAINE Foundation is proud to announce our partnership with the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) to create The Sandy Ground 26, Where Angels Play. The idea to build playgrounds came from them – as they were emotionally distraught after the recent tragedies of Hurricane Sandy and the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In an effort to restore the storm-ravaged east coast, this project endeavors to create 26 living memorials to all children who have been victims of violence while creating a safe, fun place for them to play.

In this partnership, RAINE has purchased one of the 26 playgrounds to be built. We have identified Fireman’s Park, Union Beach as the site, which seems so perfect with a beautiful waterfront view.

We will be memorializing Jack Pinto, a six year old boy who was an avid Giant’s fan, and was even buried in Victor Cruz’s jersey. Jack loved playing on the swings,which is why we will honor his memory by including a great swing set.

Another partner in this effort is Gateway Church of Christ, who will be leading the garden initiative. We hope to clear the grounds so that they can plan a beautiful memorial.

Our official groundbreaking is scheduled for April 5th 9:00am.

The Pinto family will be present for our emotional ceremony and dedication of the playground to the Union Beach Borough.

Please contact us for more detailed information regarding our project plan.


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  1. Tricia Pinto says:

    We want to thank Patty and the Raine Foundation for all their hard work and dedication in helping to make Jack’s Playground perfect! We are truly amazed by the amount of love and energy that they put into this project.
    Jack’s joyful presence is in every corner of that playground and we hope that the children of Union Beach enjoy swinging, laughing and climbing there for years to come.

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