The Friends of the Pappas Recreation Complex is hosting a Character Breakfast on November 10 from 9am – 12pm at Pakachoag Church. The event is to raise funds to build a playground at Pappas Recreation Complex.

In addition to a buffet breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon,  fruit, and beverages, guests will be entertained by their favorite animated characters, including Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Elmo, Princess Belle and Winnie the Pooh.

In the spirit of the popular Magic Kingdom character events, the characters will circulate among the guests. Some will sing, play games and hand out balloon animals.  There will be two different characters entertaining each hour.  Guests can register for certain time slots based on the estimated appearance times.

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The approximate schedule is:

9:00am – 9:50am: Minnie and Mickey Mouse

10:00am – 10:50am: Princess Belle and Winnie the Pooh

11:00am – 12:00pm: Buzz Lightyear and Elmo

As with any event, these are subject to change depending on circumstances.

The Friends are raising about $180,000 to build a playground at the Pappas Recreation Complex.  The fundraising effort is dubbed “Slide to the Finish” to encompass the playground project and the feeling that a playground will add the finishing touch on this premiere recreation facility.  The originally planned playground had to be cut from the building plans due to budget constraints.

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Rendering of the final playground planned for Pappas Recreation Complex.

According to the Friends group, “It would be nice for parents to have a way to occupy their children while other siblings are participating in games at the Complex or during concerts or other events” says Friends member and past president Jennifer LaBonte.  She adds that the playground will also be a draw for community members when there aren’t any games being played, such as during weekdays.

Unlike other playgrounds in town, the Pappas playground will feature a rubberized, shock-absorbant surface.  Not only is this material safer and more durable than bark mulch or stone, it also allows for better accessibility for children with disabilities.  “Anyone with an assistive walking device – walker, wheelchair, even strollers – has difficulty on loose surfaces” says LaBonte.  “We were looking beyond ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and striving to make this a fully accessible playground.  That costs more money, but it’s worth it.”

A donor has offered to match all money raised between now and March 31, 2014, up to $50,000, to drive the project.  “We’re up against the clock.  We really need people to step up and support what we’re trying to do here so we can reach this goal.” says LaBonte.

Tickets for the breakfast are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.  People can register through Eventbrite from the Friends website at www.pappasrec.org. You can also reserve tickets by e-mailing info@pappasrec.org or calling (508) 499-9364.  Major credit cards, checks and cash are accepted.

Anyone wishing to donate to the playground can view the options at the Friends web site donor page, www.pappasrec.org/donate.