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HED: Regional Rehab prepares for Dec. 6 fund-raiser

By Eileen Bailey

Daily Journal

Last year more than 950 residents in North Mississippi benefited from the services offered by the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo.

To help ensure those residents get the care they need, and to help those on a waiting list, the center is planning its annual fund-raiser.

The event will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the food court at the Mall of Barnes Crossing and will be broadcast by WTVA Channel 9, said Joanna Kirkpatrick, director of public relations and fund-raising for the event.

"This year's event will be a celebration of many things," Kirkpatrick said. "First, we are celebrating 43 years of providing quality rehabilitation services for the people of North Mississippi. Second, we are celebrating what we hope will be a record-breaking fund-raising campaign."

"The people of north Mississippi have always stepped up to any challenge presented to them, and we are convinced this will be no exception. Last, and most important, we are celebrating our clients and staff and the miracles that happen every day," she said in a news release from the center.

Regional Rehab has set a goal of $100,000 this year, she said. These funds will be used to help serve people on a waiting list.

"We have more licensed therapists than ever before at the Regional Rehabilitation Center, but the need for our service continues to grow faster than our present staff can accommodate them," she said. "The only way to eliminate our waiting list is to hire more licensed therapists, and that is simply going to take money."

Services at the center include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology and audiology.

Kirkpatrick said it is the mission of Regional Rehab to restore and enhance the quality of life of north Mississippians with disabling conditions; to offer rehabilitation services characterized by quality care and personal attention; and to provide those services at no cost.

Fund-raising efforts

During the two-hour event, residents can call in pledges or make them at the mall.

The day of the event, which has the theme of "A Celebration of Hope" there will be live and taped performances by Mississippi artists. Performing at the event will be Paul Thorn, Funky Dumpty, Kay Bain, Lane Chapel Quartet and Ashley Thompson.

There will be children's activities, giveaways and a drawing for two $250 gift certificates from the Mall at Barnes Crossing.

The event is sponsored by WTVA, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and the Mall at Barnes Crossing.

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