Woerlen Family Honoured with New Playground Opening August 31
(August 12, 2005 – Hamilton, Canada) Corus Entertainment’s Hamilton radio stations The New Country 95.3, Y108 and AM 900 CHML announced today the opening of the Woerlen Family Memorial Playground on Wednesday, August 31 at Gainsborough Central Public School in St. Ann’s, Ontario. The playground, being built by Corus Radio Hamilton and Little Tikes, is made possible by funds raised through Corus Radio Hamilton’s radiothon campaign last November, totalling more than $175,000. The New Country 95.3, Y108 and AM 900 CHML launched the fundraising campaign in support of the Woerlen family of West Lincoln, who lost Monika Woerlen and her seven children in a devastating house fire on November 8, 2004.
“The generosity of our listeners, local businesses and community groups has been tremendous,” said Suzanne Carpenter, General Manager, Corus Radio Hamilton. “Remembering the Woerlen family with a tangible facility is a fitting memorial that celebrates their lives and gives children a place to play for many generations to come.”
Little Tikes has designed the playground with various stations to fit the needs of children from junior kindergarten to intermediate students and children with special needs. The site includes musical panels, a finger maze, fun with words area, monster slide and an infinity loop, all of which replaces the outdated equipment. The Woerlen children, who attended Gainsborough, are honoured on the grounds with monuments by Kirkpatrick Monuments and Oliver Signs & Graphics. Thanks to the financial and in-kind support of individuals and businesses alike, the Woerlen Family Memorial Fund raised enough funds to earmark money for playground maintenance and channel additional funds into a series of scholarships in the Woerlens’ names, administered by Gainsborough Central Public School. The Woerlen Memorial Playground will be unveiled Wednesday, August 31 (weather permitting) with an opening ceremony hosted by Corus Radio Hamilton and broadcast live on The New Country 95.3, Y108 and AM 900 CHML. Marc Woerlen will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting.
The New Country 95.3, Y108 and AM 900 CHML are owned by Corus Entertainment, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in both specialty TV and Radio. Corus also owns Nelvana Limited, an internationally recognized producer and distributor of children’s programming and products. The Company’s other interests include music, television broadcasting and advertising services. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.NV.B) and New York (CJR) Exchanges.