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Mark Elliott (right) shaking hands with Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers

WEBSTER, Wisconsin: Northwest Passage has been awarded a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation to create a “therapeutic playscape” at their Webster residential treatment center.

Mark Elliott, Northwest Passage’s executive director comments, “the power of play is often an overlooked piece in children’s mental health, and here is a profound link between physical and emotional health. This playscape affords our kids the opportunity to discover their own creativity and imagination, while also promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.” Featuring a fort building area, low ropes course, creativity garden and playground equipment, the kids of Northwest Passage will be able to enjoy the playscape as early as spring 2015.

At a celebratory luncheon held December 4 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Elliott was asked to speak to the audience about the innovative project. One of four presenters, he was “honored to share the mission of Northwest Passage” with the other 223 charitable organizations, Packer executives and foundation trustees.

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Mark Elliott, NWP executive director beside Deni Tucker (right), co-founder of Northwest Passage.

Since 1978, Northwest Passage’s mission has been to restore hope through innovative health services for children and families. With residential mental health treatment centers in Spooner, Webster and Frederic, Northwest Passage works with over 300 kids from around the country each year.

Since 1986, the Green Bay Packers Foundation has been awarding grants to Wisconsin charities. The Foundation now has distributed more than $4.8 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”

To view the other 222 fantastic 2014 recipients, click here.

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