BE inspired, BE included, Be invested

Bollinger Enterprises Inc. (BEi) will celebrate its past as well as shape its future on Friday, Nov. 15 with a Founder’s Day commemoration and the launch of a $1.4 million capital campaign. BEi, an affiliate of the Barber National Institute, is beginning a three-year effort to raise funds to help the organization expand and enhance services to adults with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Warren-Forest County region.

BE inspired, BE included, Be invested

The theme of the campaign, BE inspired, BE included and BE invested, will focus on three major areas:

  1. Renovations to the current facilities located at 44 N. State Street in North Warren;
  2. Adding to the vehicle fleet to enable more opportunities for community activities and involvement;
  3. Expanding programs relating to community employment and community participation support.

A major portion of funds raised will also fund renovations that include adding insulation, repairing sidewalks and parking areas, overhauling restrooms, creation of new offices and conference rooms, and updating electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems.

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“We are excited about the opportunities that we can bring to adults in our region,” said Dr. William Clark, executive director of BEi.  “We are thankful for the tremendous support we have always received from businesses and donors in the Warren area, and I am confident that they will again invest in our mission and the adults and families of our community.”
Planning for the capital campaign has been underway for more than a year with a committee of BEi staff, board members and representatives from the community.  The committee is chaired by Kelly Johnson, and includes Bob Crowley, Julie Bennet, Dean Huya, and John Kersey with BEi staff Julia Fratrich, Ron Heinrich and Dr. Clark.

The campaign launch will include an announcement about the first major gift, a $450,000 grant from the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.  The donation will fund the purchase of new vehicles over three years to facilitate a wider variety of community activities for adults.