Efforts are continuing by the Frederick community to help raise funds to benefit Sophie and Madigan's Playground. Sophie and Madigan Lillard, ages 6 and 3 died as a result of a horrific house fire earlier this year. Their aunt, Becky Plamato, says local downtown stores are participating in 'Pink Friday,' on November 22nd. "Its the week before Black Friday and it's a way to raise money for the playground. It started out with local shops in the downtown area wanting to donate a portion of their proceeds on that day to the effort. If you come in and mention Sophie and Madigan's name, or if you have a pink shopping pass, then the proceeds from a portion of the sales will go toward's that," said Plamato.
If patrons shop at the Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts store, Plamato says, all proceeds will support Robyn Hildebrand, a Frederick woman who will be running in the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 6, 2014, to rundraise on behalf of Sophie and Madigan's Memorial Park.
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.