|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Valerie Avery
|April 7, 2011
BIG SPRING – Big Spring State Hospital’s planned Family Visitation Center got a huge shot in the arm Saturday night when the Volunteer Services Council’s annual fund-raiser ‘Cars Stars and Handlebars’ pulled in close to $44,000.
“It surpassed our every expectation,” Cars, Stars and Handlebars co-chair Stacy Barr said. “We are just thrilled.”
More than 350 people attended the event, but close to 700 tickets were sold for the chance to win a brand-new vehicle.
Jordan Partee and his fiancée Kristen Olshanski won the reverse drawing and chose a 2011 Silverado 1500 Extended Cab Pick-up truck from Pollard Chevrolet as their prize.
Susan Bristol Holley won a 50-inch flat screen television set for holding the second-to-last ticket in the reverse drawing.
Money earned from the event will fund the construction of a Family Visitation Center at Big Spring State Hospital.
The new construction will be built adjacent to patient living areas and give patients and their families a place to visit in a family-friendly environment which optimizes an efficient use of staff supervising the area, Superintendent Ed Moughon said.
“We don’t have an area that’s very conducive for families,” Moughon said. “We have always believed that for our clients to recover, they need the support of their families. Keeping in touch with loved ones during the recovery process is very important.”
Big Spring State Hospital offers the Don and Marilyn Newsom Family Lodge for overnight lodging for families, Moughon said. But once on campus, families don’t have a place to visit that affords them much privacy.
“Our volunteers have always recognized our needs and have always asked where they can get the most bang for their buck,” Moughon said. “They have funded so many great projects on our campus. There is no way we could provide the level of care that we do without their assistance. They are just wonderful.”
In addition to Cars, Stars and Handlebars, volunteer projects raise money at The Chalet Resale Shop and through other fundraisers and donations.
The Volunteers will be recognized for their contributions to the hospital with their yearly awards luncheon April 14 at noon in the hospital’s Allred Building Auditorium.
Big Spring State Hospital is a 200-bed hospital for people with psychiatric illnesses.
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