Lions Club raises funds for Pendleton Manor

FRANKLIN – The Franklin and Sugar Grove Lions Clubs raised more than $166,000 of the $300,000 needed to “rehab” the physical therapy department at Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

This upgrade is the start of a $3 million remodeling project to replace walls, expand rooms and enlarge bathrooms in three wings of the facility originally built in 1974. That fundraising is still ongoing.

The Lions Club funds will help update, remodel and double the size of the center’s physical therapy department by tearing down the walls utilizing the room of the former medical records office and staff locker room lounge across the hall.

Pendleton Manor provides inpatient and outpatient therapy designed for individuals who are rehabilitating and recovering following hospitalization for surgery, injury or illness. It has increased in clients to the point where they have to stagger clients in order to have room, said Carolyn Simmons, Pendleton Manor resource director.

Franklin resident Ruthalene Judy said taking her physical therapy at Pendleton Manor “saved me travel time and the gas money needed for the twice-a-week two-hour trip across the mountain. These guys are terrific and helped me get back to work two weeks early.”

Physical Therapist Barb Woodward pointed out “having more room to work will really benefit the patients. We’ll not be so much on top of each other.”

Occupational Therapist Liz Somerville said the extra space will allow for better care.

“Sometimes privacy is needed for treatment, and now we have little privacy except for one curtained area. We will also have room for additional equipment,” she added.

The two Lions clubs under the direction of Jane Eye, Franklin secretary/treasurer, and Sugar Grove Club president Thomas Mitchell joined to apply for a Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) matching $75,000 grant which was awarded in August of 2013.

The LCIF grants provide matching funds for large-scale Lion’s humanitarian projects that are beyond the scope of traditional club fundraising activities, Eye said.

Founded in 1917 and best known for fighting blindness, Lions Clubs also volunteer for other community projects such as caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. It is the world’s largest service organization with approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries around the world. Since 1968, LCIF has awarded more than $700 million in grants to support Lions’ projects around the world, Eye said.

Local funds for this project had to be raised in six months.

Both clubs devised additional undertakings to raise the $75,000 needed to match the grant. Projects included golf tournaments; country ham and cornbread/beans booths and a pancake breakfast at the Treasure Mountain Festival; raffle tickets for guns and a handmade quilt by Janet Underwood; steak, pancake and spaghetti dinners; and private donations.

“Many local organizations, church groups, Pendleton Manor Auxiliary and individual donations raised the matching funds to earn the grant. With extra contributions the total raised by the Lions Clubs was $166,400,” Simmons said.

“We are all amazed!” Jane Eye said. “Instead of raising $75,000 to match the LCIF grant, we raised $91,428.50. Three people gave gifts of $10,000 and eleven other civic groups and 12 church groups contributed to the match, as well as countless individuals. … Franklin and Sugar Grove Lions Clubs are so proud of our community and what they have done for Pendleton Manor. … It is people like you who make the impossible possible. Thank you.”

Tax-deductible donations can be made for the rest of Pendleton Manor’s update by mailing contributions to Pendleton Manor, P.O. Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.