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"Pink Friday" Honors Lillard Sisters

You’ve heard of Black Friday, but how about Pink Friday? It’s a local initiative in Frederick and you can also participate online to help honor two little girls who tragically died in January.
FREDERICK, Md. – So far 30 businesses are participating in “Pink Friday” by donating proceeds of their sales from Friday, November 22 to help raise money for Sophie and Madigan’s Playground. It’s in the process of being developed in Frederick at the current VFW Golf Course off Old National Pike.

Sophie and Madigan’s playground will honor Sophie, who was just six-years-old, and Madigan who was three. The girls tragically died back in January when the family’s house in Myersville caught fire. The Lillard family continues to grieve and in the process they say they’re learning to cope.


“The idea of the playground of the non-profit is kind of the positive piece we look towards. It's kind of a mixed bag. The reason we’re here is not good, but the support we get makes us feel good and makes us feel good about the memory of the girls, and that people want to help us
,” said the girl’s father Jack Lillard.

This Friday is “Pink Friday,” and many of the businesses participating are in downtown Frederick. Dublin Roasters Coffee is one local business rallying behind the family and their efforts.


“It's so many people in this puzzle coming together
. I didn't know them, I still really don't other than what I've been keeping up with and friends of friends who know them, but apparently they’re coffee customers of ours and the girls loved our hot chocolate. So we’re also going to honor them and make a hot chocolate special for them in their names,” said Serina Roy, owner of Dublin Roaster’s Coffee.


Roy
also says she plans to commemorate the girls with a painting in the shop. Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, and Colonial Jewelers are also participating. The family says “Pink Friday” is a real community effort, a chance to shop locally, and support the community playground and park in their girls’ honor.


“It’s just another example of how the community rallies together for a local charity like ours, and it means a lot to us personally and Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
,” said Lillard.


The Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Park will be about ten acres, and the playground will be part of the park area.


Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, Colonial Jewelers, I Made This! A Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, Aspire Women's Clothing Boutique, D'Accord Boutique, Brewer's Alley, and Firestone's Culinary Tavern are also donating some of
the sales from Friday November 22 to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground. The full list is available here.

 



 



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