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SOUCHERAY: Local Rotary Club is reaching for a 'Miracle'

Imagine getting to be part of a miracle? It isn't every day that we have the privilege to contribute to the world in a positive way that will significantly touch the lives of someone in need, simply because it will be a thoughtful and kind thing to do.

We have an opportunity right here in Woodbury to participate in the creation of a legacy for those among us who struggle with physical and developmental disabilities. "Miracle Field" is a just such project currently underway, compliments of the Rotary Club of South Washington County. The field will be constructed on Hargis Parkway, near East Ridge High School and will provide a playing field for people who experience a disability or find it difficult to participate on the fields we now have. The surface of the field will have a rubberized coating, which will prevent the players from becoming injured if they fall, as well as allow for wheelchairs and walkers to be used. Currently, those who will make use of the field must play indoors.

The Rotary Club of South Washington County decided to spearhead this effort in the east metro, which will make available this playing surface for residents in the surrounding cities and suburbs of this part of the Twin Cities. There are fields of this nature in other parts of the metropolitan area, but none presently exists in our region of the Twin Cities. It was for this reason that this project was suggested and adopted by the local Rotary Club as a worthwhile and valuable contribution to residents and their families who will use the facilities.

As the Rotary Club reached out to the city of Woodbury with their idea, the land was donated to them. The Minnesota Utilities Contractors Union has stepped forward to help with labor, time, and materials. What is still needed, of course, is the monetary support to complete the project. The goal for the completion of the field is Fall of 2010. At this point, the Rotary Club has collected approximately $50,000 of the $125,000 needed to accomplish their dream of bringing this outdoor playing experience to those who will so greatly benefit from it.

Perhaps you would like to give a gift in honor, or in memory, of someone you love. If you have a company and you have the desire and ability to become a significant donor to this cause, the Rotary Club would love to talk with you. If you are a teacher, a PTA board member, or a scout leader and your group is looking for a meaningful cause to undertake, this project may work beautifully for you. Not only will all of these donations help with the construction of this amazing project, the participation of residents from Woodbury will help to unify us as a city for a common cause that will offer an enduring gift for the good of our region for years to come.

Cork Wicker of the South Washington Rotary Club has stated that all donations will be gratefully accepted and sincerely appreciated. He has invited anyone who would like to join the Rotary Club for their weekly 7 a.m. Thursday morning meetings to join them at the beautiful Quarry Restaurant on the lower level of the Stonecrest Senior Living Center.

Anyone interested in making a donation, or who would like more information about this project, may check two web sites. The first one is and the other is As we move into the holiday season, possibly making a donation in honor of that "hard to buy for person who has everything" toward the completion of Miracle Field will be the perfect gift!

Kate Soucheray is a Woodbury resident