Sophie and Madigan's Playground is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard, who died at ages 6 and 3 as a result of a horrific house fire that occurred on January 31, 2013.
The mission of Sophie and Madigan's Playground is to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard by building a memorial playground and providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together, and in ways that reflect the beautiful personalities and spirits of these two sisters.
On January 31, 2013, the Lillard family of Myersville, Maryland was struck by unthinkable tragedy when a horrific house fire claimed the lives of their daughters Sophie and Madigan, killed the family's four pets, destroyed their home and virtually all the family's possessions, and hospitalized the surviving family members.
As Sophie and Madigan's parents struggled to cope with the loss of their daughters, they looked for a way to honor the memory of Sophie and Madigan and pay tribute to the joy Sophie and Madigan brought their family and friends during their too short lives.
Having lost all their possessions, the Lillards were left with no physical reminders of Sophie and Madigan...none of the toys Madigan and Sophie played with, the clothes they wore, their hand drawn pictures and art projects, their favorite books, handmade jewelry...the list goes on and on. The Lillards were struck by the harsh reminder of how important memories are, especially those memories that a family creates together.
At the same time the Lillards were coping with this horrible loss, they were touched by the outpouring of support provided by the greater Frederick County, Maryland community that was rocked by the tragedy.
The Lillards realized that by creating a memorial park and themed playground, they could create a place that honors Sophie and Madigan in a way that reflects their personalities and spirits, while at the same time provide the community with a place where children and their families could build memories together that last a lifetime.
The Lillards created Sophie and Madigan's Playground in June 2013 to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan by providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together.
Our mission is to honor the lives of Sophie and Madigan Lillard by building a memorial playground and providing opportunities for children and their families to play, learn, and create lifelong memories together, and in ways that reflect the beautiful personalities and spirits of these two sisters.
The first way we will achieve our mission is by building a themed playground in a memorial park established for Sophie and Madigan Lillard. Once the playground has been built, our vision is to continue identifying and providing opportunities for children and their families to PLAY, LEARN, and CREATE lifelong memories together.
Sophie and Madigan's Playground is run entirely by volunteers. General oversight and governance of the organization is provided by a five member Board of Directors. The Board has established various committees, including committees in the areas of Fundraising, Communication, and Finance. Each committee consists of a committee chair and committee members that carry out day to day duties of the committee. The Fundraising Committee is organized into several different event specific subcommittees. Each event subcommittee is made up of volunteers that plan, organize, market, and stage the particular fundraising event.
Board of Directors
Jack Lillard - Chair
Margaret Hawk - Vice Chair
Jennifer Kuhn - Secretary
Rebecca Pomato - Treasurer
Danielle Kean - Director