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Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation to begin inaugural annual appeal March 17

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The Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation will send out its inaugural annual appeal March 17 in an effort to increase fundraising.

Member Howard W. Ganter, who also is executive director of the rehabilitation center, said while appeal information will be sent to agency members and families and business leaders, the entire north country community is welcome to participate in the six-week effort.

Money raised from the appeal will not be spent on salaries and staffing, he said; all foundation funds will be spent throughout many areas of the agency, based at 350 Gaffney Drive.

“It’ll be another source of money to cover things not covered by Medicaid or Medicare, help families obtain guardianship and for training,” Mr. Ganter said. “It’ll also pay for wheelchair vans and adaptive equipment.”

Jefferson Rehabilitation Center Foundation was formed in late 2012 with the help of JRC itself, as the larger nonprofit gave a $100,000 loan to the foundation for startup costs.

The foundation’s long-term goal, Mr. Ganter said, is to be self-sustaining, meaning only interest would be used for the above items, and the reserve would be untapped. Before the foundation reaches that point, its members will work toward establishing additional revenue streams, including a future signature fundraiser.

Mr. Ganter said the more funds that are under the foundation, the less the federal and state governments can take back through sequestration or other budget adjustments.

Response about the foundation from the community has been positive thus far, Mr. Ganter said. In December alone the foundation took in $10,000 in donations, and a September golf tournament brought in over $23,000. The goal of the appeal is to raise $25,000.

The foundation also hopes to receive bequests, Mr. Ganter said.

“Jefferson County as a whole is a very giving, supportive community,” he said.

People interested in joining the foundation board may call Mr. Ganter at 836-1230.

For more information on the foundation, or to donate, visit www.thejrc.org.

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