Department of Charitable Gaming
Department of Charitable Gaming participates in groundbreaking for all-inclusive playground

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 10, 2010  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-5525  

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2010) – Christmas is coming early for children with special needs in Pike County.

Ground was broken today in Pikeville for a new all-inclusive playground that provides children with physical disabilities and their parents an opportunity to play together. The project was made possible through proceeds from charitable gaming events sponsored by the not-for-profit organization Hillbilly Christmas in July.

“This project is one example of how charitable gaming can have a positive impact on communities,” said Acting Commissioner Marty Hammons. “We are thrilled to be a part of this event and to know that charitable gaming proceeds are improving lives all across our great state.”

Hillbilly Christmas in July is dedicated to the children served by Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington. As of January 2010, there were 1,129 patients from Pike and surrounding counties receiving care at the Lexington facility, which is the closest to eastern Kentucky.

The city of Pikeville donated a parcel of land at the Bob Amos Park for the new playground. Phase one of the project includes the installation of the main play structure and surfacing.

To find out more information on Hillbilly Christmas in July, visit their website at