Last Thursday night, June 30th, the Life is good Playmakers hosted the 4th annual Playmakers Ball at Showcase Live at Patriot Place! The night was a celebration of Playmakers everywhere and their continued dedication to children. Playmaker Trainer, rapper, and sharply-dressed stage MC Ant Toombs kept it all together and flowing. Guests enjoyed dinner and drinks while entertaining one another in an open-mic talent showcase. Highlights of the night included karaoke (especially a rousing rendition of “It’s Raining Men” so hot we can’t even post the pics!), Playmaker Trainer Emily Saul’s homemade parachute gown, and the 2nd annual presentation of the Howeser Award.
The Howeser award commemorates late founding Playmaker Jesse Howes, who last year lost his battle with cancer but who remains fully alive in our work. The award is given to a Playmaker who, like Jesse, shows “a deep love for and commitment to children and an unquenchably playful spirit.” This year’s recipient was Lisa Pease of New Hampshire, who became an official Playmaker at Jesse’s last-ever training. Lisa is owner, director and teacher at the Reach for the Stars Development Center in Manchester, NH. She has gone above and beyond this year, starting the first New Hampshire Community of Playfulness, planning fundraisers, and constantly setting a joyful example for the children in her care . The whole Playmaker crew congratulates Lisa, as well as all of our Playmakers, for the amazing work they do every day. Can’t wait to do it all even bigger and better at next year’s Playmakers Ball!