By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Harper’s Playground, a section of Arbor Lodge Park created for children using wheelchairs and other mobility devices, is the beneficiary of funds and free advice from a group of marketing professionals.
The Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland (SEMpdx) recently presented a $1,000 check to Cody Goldberg, executive director of Harper’s Playground. The donation, through the group’s Charity of Choice program, represents more than 10 percent of SEMpdx’s annual proceeds.
Harper’s Playground is near North Delaware Avenue and Bryant Street, next to Chief Joseph Elementary School. It was created with the support of local people to provide inclusive play areas for children of all abilities. Goldberg fostered the idea because her daughter, Harper, who uses a wheelchair, was unable to play in their neighborhood park.
“SEMpdx has not only helped Harper’s Playground spread our message of play for everyone, but the money raised will enable us to complete more playgrounds in Portland and beyond,” Goldberg said. “We’re currently working on similar inclusive playground designs in Northeast Portland’s Gateway community and Northwest Portland’s Couch Park.”
“We are proud that SEMpdx has helped broaden the awareness of the need for increased accessible play areas in the Portland Metro area,” said Michael Cottam, chairman of the organization’s Charity of Choice program.
SEMpdx is a non-profit group supporting the development of search engine marketing (SEM) and social media marketing (SMM) industries in Portland. It aims to be a resource for both local industry professionals and area businesses.