MARTINSBURG – Britt Reed Law Offices was successful in its challenge to the community to raise $25,000 for Hospice of the Panhandle’s “Building the Dream” campaign – so successful, in fact, that Hospice was able to raise $66,160 through the match, and reach its 2012 year-end goal of $3.5 million.
Terry Britt, of Britt Reed Law Offices, announced last month that the firm would match, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. In mid-November, Hospice’s donors exceeded the challenge, and Britt Reed agreed to increase and match donors’ contributions up to $30,000.
On Dec. 19, Hospice donors exceeded the $30,000 mark, pledging $36,160 to the effort.
“This is such wonderful news,” said Hospice Board of Directors chair and campaign chair G.T. Schramm. “We couldn’t be more pleased with this challenge, and how the community responded. Clearly, the law firm was very generous, and the community responded in the way it always does – very generously!”
Britt had said at the start of the challenge campaign that he liked the idea of matching gifts because such appeals often motivate community members to get behind a fundraising effort. During the holiday season last year, Britt Reed made a similar challenge to the West Virginia Community Foundation.
“This opportunity offers the nonprofit – and really the donors — a chance to essentially double their money,” Britt said. “It’s a win-win for everyone. Donors and the nonprofits find that appealing.”
Over the past 3½ years, the community has pledged more than $3.5 million to build a 14-bed inpatient hospice unit and administration center that will be constructed on 19 acres of land on the Berkeley-Jefferson county line. The project is currently under construction, which will continue throughout 2013. Opening of the new facilities is estimated in late 2013 or early 2014. Total cost of the project is $11.6 million.
Donors interested in finding out more or contributing to Hospice of the Panhandle’s Building the Dream campaign should call development director Maria Lorensen at 304- 267-1870, Ext. 205, or 304 839-6224 or go online to www.hospiceotp.org