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Central Kansas Foundation Project Gets $200,000 Boost

KSAL Staff - January 14, 2015 1:28 pm

A Salina organization that cooperates with multiple agencies in treating substance abuse is a little closer toward a fundraising goal that will make a planned expansion project a reality.

The Central Kansas Foundation announced Wednesday a $200,000 donation from the Mabee Foundation in support of their Pathfinder@50 Capital Campaign. The Mabee Foundation offered the challenge grant in January of last year, and recently announced that the required donations needed to match the grant had been raised.

According to CKF, the gift will go towards the expansion and renovation of CKF’s residential detox and treatment facility. CKF has expanded their residential treatment capacity twice in the last 20 years. However, the number of those needing residential detox and treatment services continues to outweigh available resources. The Pathfinder@50 campaign will expand treatment capacity by 30%, meaning wait times for services are reduced and more people are able to receive treatment
immediately.

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, a Private Charitable Foundation, aids Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature. Ordinarily, grants from the Mabee Foundation are made on a challenge or conditional basis so as to provide incentive for enlisting the support of other donors.

Since the challenge was announced 12 months ago, CKF has seen that dynamic in action. Michael Chambers, CKF’s Vice President of Operations and Chair of the Pathfinder@50 Capital Campaign Leadership Committee said, “the Mabee grant helped to provide a great deal of validation and momentum to the campaign. After that, people quickly understood the project was much needed and definitely moving forward.”

To date, more than $1,350,000 has been contributed to the campaign from a variety of sources. Two of those donors, the Salina Regional Health Center and its Foundation, helped secure the Mabee grant with a gift of $360,000. Les Sperling, CEO of Central Kansas Foundation noted the importance of the gift stating, “Salina and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have a visionary and collaborative medical community committed to improving our health each and every day. Salina Regional Health Center and the Salina Regional Health Foundation have been incredibly
generous in their support of our mission and of our efforts to expand our capacity to promote recovery from addictive disease.”

Sperling also added that the goal of $1.35 million for the expansion portion of their capital campaign could not have been achieved without the support of the community. “A special thanks to the many individuals and businesses who support recovery and helped us successfully meet the challenge!”