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Annual golf classic tournament pushes campaign over $500,000 toward new health center and administrative headquarters

Bristol, Conn (July 13, 2023) – Wheeler Health has exceeded its original four-year fundraising campaign goal for its new Bristol health center and administrative headquarters two years ahead of schedule and is extending its goal to celebrate and honor its 55th anniversary in 2023.

Thanks to greater-than-normal support for its 38th Annual Wheeler Golf Classic, presented by Mutual of America, in September, the organization stands at an estimated $515,000 as of the end of its fiscal year on June 30, 2023, or 93 percent to the new goal of $555,000 in gifts and pledges over four years.

The fundraising campaign, publicly announced in February 2022, was launched through an initial pledge of $100,000 from the Barnes Group Foundation during a silent fundraising phase, as well as a $100,000 goal in gifts and pledges from Wheeler’s Board of Trustees, and $80,000 from Wheeler’s senior and executive leadership. Since the launch, Wheeler has received donations toward the campaign from approximately 400 individuals and organizations, ranging from under $1 to $50,000, from corporate employee giving campaigns to realized planned gifts. Particularly notable contributions include a gift from the Corsini and Brantner families to create a second named teaching kitchen in the center for Wheeler’s nutrition programming in honor of Raymond Corsini, Wheeler’s longest-serving trustee, and an educational training center supported through a gift from the estate of Hall “Cap” Adams, Jr., a longtime philanthropic investor in Wheeler’s work.

In addition, a supporting named brick campaign is on track to have at least 100 bricks in place when the facility opens in 2024. Bricks are available for purchase through the summer of 2023, an extension based on construction timelines for the center.

“The support from the Bristol community is amazing,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and CEO of Wheeler. “When One Hope Street opens, the community will have a state-of-the-art health center right in Centre Square, with 200 professionals working and shopping in the heart of the city.”

Wheeler’s 46,000-square foot community health center and administrative headquarters at One Hope Street will offer integrated primary and behavioral health care for all ages, treatment for substance use disorders, nutrition services, and much more. It is Wheeler’s first newly constructed facility since its original location in 1972, and the occasion of the 55th anniversary in 2023 made the decision to move the new campaign goal to $555,000 an easy one.

“We are profoundly grateful to every donor who invests in our mission and everyone we serve,” says Francis Vincent, MBA, secretary of Wheeler’s Board of Trustees, and chair of the board’s Development Committee. “We are standing on the shoulders of the leaders who came before us, and the donors who are allowing us to provide hope at One Hope Street. We’re honoring our past and looking to the future of the entire Bristol region.”

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