When Bob & Diane Wamhoff heard the story, they were immediately touched. They knew their friend Jim Vollmer’s son had recently passed due to complications from Muscular Dystrophy. They also knew the heartbreak of losing a child and striving to do good in his memory. That’s why when Jim told Bob and Diane of his mission to build an accessible playground in Wentzville, Missouri, the couple immediately jumped on board to help make it a reality.
On August, 11, 2015, Bob and Diane presented their donation to Jim and Unlimited Play, the non-profit organization that builds all-inclusive playgrounds to promote health, wellness and understanding. Unlimited Play will lead the design and construction of Jake’s Playground, named in honor of Jim’s son. Officials from the City of Wentzville, along with supporters of Unlimited Play, were also on hand for the presentation.
“We know how important it is to honor our lost children’s lives, and make an impact in the lives of others in their names,” said Bob Wamhoff. “When Diane and I lost our son, Timmy, we established an organization in his memory, Timmy’s Mountain, to feed and educate children in a small mountain village in Honduras. We wanted to help Jim honor Jake’s life, just as so many others have supported our work in Timmy’s memory. We’re honored to be a part of this initial phase of Jake’s Playground, and look forward to the day the project comes to fruition and all can come to enjoy this magnificent playground.”
The City of Wentzville matched the Wamhoff’s donation, turning their $25,000 gift into $50,000 for the design and construction of the Jake’s Playground. Fundraising continues, and groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for 2017. To learn more, or to help support Jake’s Playground, please visit the Unlimited Play website.