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Posted on: June 13, 2023

Where Angels Play Foundation to Build New Playground Honoring Pequannock Twsp. Native Tommy Savino

Where Angels Play-Tommy Savino Playground Rendering 1-23-24

Where Angels Play Foundation and the Township of Pequannock have agreed to partner with the Savino Family to build a state of the art, ADA accessible playground at Greenview Park honoring Pequannock Township native Tommy Savino.

Where Angels Play-Tommy Savino Playground Rendering 1-23-24


Playground Rendering

Born out of tragedy, the Where Angels Play Foundation has constructed legacy playgrounds to honor young lives taken too soon.  Angels from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing, and countless others have been celebrated with playgrounds that reflect their personality and influence in the community.  After building more than 60 playgrounds across the country, Canada, Puerto Rico and Rwanda, Africa, Where Angels Play has chosen Pequannock Township as the site for another playground honoring Savino, a hometown hero.

Growing up in town, Tom Savino played with his sister and friends at Greenview Park. In December of 2021, Tommy Savino lost his battle with a rare form of Lymphoma, but he continues to win the hearts of everyone who hears his story. Now, a beautiful new playscape playground will be built to honor him.  

A hockey player, coach, hockey camp counselor, and referee, Tommy Savino changed the lives of every person he met.  He is remembered by his family as the most generous, thoughtful, kind, and uplifting spirit, always ready and willing to make a difference for those around him.  The Where Angels Play Foundation and the Township of Pequannock will make sure Tommy continues to bring smiles to the children of the area.

Where Angels Play Foundation came to know Tommy Savino as he refereed their fundraising hockey tournaments and were drawn to his story as they learned of the incredible impact Tommy had on his family, friends, and community in the 27 years he had on the earth. 

Location

Greenview Park – 27 West Pkwy Pequannock, NJ 07440

Events Scheduled:

Fundraising has begun to support the Tommy Savino Playground at Greenview Park and the Fall of 2024 is the expected build date.

The playgrounds are designed to reflect the personality and interests of the individual for whom it is named, designed by their families, and celebrate their lives and how they lived.  Any local businesses or residents who are interested in contributing to this project can contact Mary Kate Herbert at marykate@whereangelsplayfoundation.org. To make a donation to this cause or other ways to help, visit the website at www.whereangelsplayfoundation.org.

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