CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson Asphalt, the contracting firm doing excavation and site work at Hospice of the Panhandle’s Building the Dream location, has signed on with a $50,000 gift to the agency’s capital campaign.
The campaign, designed to build a 14-bed inpatient unit and consolidate offices, has been underway for the past 3
½ years. More than 350 donors have pledged support to the campaign. To date, $3.54 million has been raised.
“We are so incredibly grateful to Jefferson Asphalt,” said campaign chair and Board chair GT Schramm. “They have stepped up in a big way to show their support, getting us one step closer to the opening of our buildings.”
Mike and John Thomas, the president and CFO of Jefferson Asphalt respectively, have a special place in their heart for Hospice. Mike and John’s father, John J. Thomas, the company’s founder, passed away under Hospice care in January 2011.
“We recognize the important work that Hospice does,” Mike Thomas said. “And we have experienced it firsthand.”
In mid-January, as Jefferson Asphalt contractors were finishing paving work at the site, Mike and John Thomas’ mother, Beverly, also praised Hospice’s good work.
“I can’t say enough about the work that Hospice did for my husband, John,” Beverly Thomas said. “It was only for a short time, but still important to us. The nurses were wonderful, the staff so caring. This (donation) is so special for our family.”
Jefferson Asphalt was awarded the bid for the excavation work in late spring 2012. Representatives from Jefferson Asphalt attended Hospice’s groundbreaking for the new facilities in June.
“We’ve had a great opportunity to be involved with this project, and to see it develop,” John Thomas said. “We’ve had our crews working hard to get this job completed, so the building contractors can get in and get going. We think we have made great progress.”
Hospice owner’s project representative Bill Cornett was complimentary of the Thomases’ dedication to getting the paving and excavation completed so other contractors could get to work.
“You rarely hear of paving being done in December and January. But (Jan. 12), there were more than 20 trucks out on the site,” Cornett said. “They (Jefferson Asphalt) have just been fantastic to work with. They are real friends of Hospice.”
W. Harley Miller Contractors is the contractor for the office building; Callas Contractors is the contractor for the inpatient unit. Their crews should be on site within the next two weeks. Buildings should be complete and a move from the current offices is anticipated in the first quarter of 2014.
For more information, contact development director Maria Lorensen at (304) 267-1870, ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org