Foresters Financial, KaBOOM! and Volunteers Create More Ways for Kids to Play at Lake Avenue Park

For more than ten years, families come together with Foresters
Financial to focus on giving kids the play they need

APOPKA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Apopka community was revitalized today thanks to a new playground
built at Lake Avenue Park. In less than eight hours, more than 200
volunteers from Foresters FinancialTM, the City of Apopka and
non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than
1,200 children and their families in the local community for years to

“We believe in enriching lives and building strong communities – that’s
our purpose,” said Tony Garcia, President and CEO, Foresters Financial.
“Playgrounds are important because they provide a public space where
children can play safely, families can spend quality time and the
community can come together. An investment in a playground is an
investment in community, and we are happy to provide the Apopka
community with a place that families can enjoy for years to come.”

The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by
neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in January when
community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters
Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the
final playground design.

Foresters Financial, an international financial services provider, helps
families reach their financial goals, protect themselves and make a
lasting difference in their communities. Since 2006, Foresters has
invested more than $13 million with KaBOOM! to build more than 140
playgrounds across the US and Canada by the end of 2017. Over their
15-year lifespan, these playgrounds will help to strengthen the
community and provide more than 5 million children and their families
with an opportunity to spend quality time together.

“This playground is an ideal partnership for the Apopka community to
come together with KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to create a truly
special place for kids, where they can play, share and grow together,”
said Apopka Mayor, Joe Kilsheimer.

Green spaces and safe play structures where children and families can
enjoy and spend time together are sparse in many high density
communities. Playing outdoors is an important part of every child’s
healthy development and the creation of this new playground will allow
thousands of children to play safely and be active in their community.

Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner.
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the
balance and active play they need to thrive.

About the City of Apopka
The City of Apopka is a growing
area ideally located 13 miles northwest of Orlando with major roadway
access to many parts of Central Florida. The hometown community has
nearly 50,000 residents across 33 square miles and includes a diverse
mix of business development. Find out more at

About Foresters Financial
Foresters Financial™ is an
international financial services provider with more than three million
clients and members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom,
and total funds under management of $34 billion.1 With a history of more
than 140 years, we provide life insurance, savings, retirement and
investment solutions that help families achieve their financial goals,
protect their families and improve their communities. For more
information, visit

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The
Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don
Mills Road, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9) and its subsidiaries.

Products offered vary by country. Not all products are available for
distribution in all jurisdictions. In the United States, products are
offered by The Independent Order of Foresters and its subsidiaries,
including Foresters Financial Services, Inc. a registered broker-dealer.
Securities, life insurance and annuity products are offered through
Foresters Financial Services, Inc. or independent producers. Insurance
products are issued by Foresters Life Insurance and Annuity Company, New
York, or The Independent Order of Foresters. Investment advisory
products and services are offered through Foresters Advisory Services,
LLC, a registered investment adviser.

1 in Canadian dollars as of December 31, 2015

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to
bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids,
particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Since 1996, KaBOOM!
has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,700
playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.5
million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires
communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national
discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and
communities. To learn why #playmatters: visit or join the
conversation at


City of Apopka
Robert Sargent, 407-703-1777

Jennifer Peckett, 416-429-3000 ext. 4340
Nutting, 202-464-6195