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Culpeper community rallies to support Senior Center expansion

Gladys Williams couldn't be happier.

With a lofty goal set of raising $100,000 by the end of January, her expectations were exceeded when the total came in at $120,000.

“We did it...we are forever grateful,” beamed Williams Monday afternoon as the news was shared with supporters at the Culpeper Senior Center.
“Wait till you hear...you're going to like it...it's exciting,” said a smiling Butch Davies.

Davies was right.

Philanthropists Joe and Linda Daniel had pledged a match contribution of $100,000 if the community did their part.

However, with the outpouring of funds received in the final days of the challenge campaign, the Daniel's were inspired to do more.
“We've decided to match the $120,000,” said Daniel to a cheering audience.

Executive Director of the Rappahannock Rapidan Services Community Brian Duncan can now count $240,000 in the coffers for the project estimated at $750,000. Other monies are anticipated from town and county support ($125,000 is being asked of each over a two-year period) as well as state and federal grants.

“This exceeded our expectations,” said Duncan. “We have forged new territory. Thanks you Gladys...I've enjoyed every minute of it.”

Joe Daniel didn't miss an opportunity to prompt the town and county to now do their part to help the expanded senior center become a reality.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Sue Hansohn was present as was county administrator Frank Bossio and supervisor Steve Walker.
Councilmen Bobby Ryan and Frank Reaves Jr. were there as well as Chamber President Jim Charapich and School Board Chairman George Dasher.

Both the town and the county will be figuring out their budgets and what contributions, if any, they will be making to outside agencies including the request from the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services for the expansion to the Senior Center projected to begin work in the fall of 2013.
Both local entities are being asked to contribute $125,000 over the next two budget cycles – 2014/2015.

“They should be able to do that,” said Daniel.

When the campaign was launched in late December, Duncan stated that needed funds for the $750,000 expansion project would likely come from three sources of revenue: state/federal grants, town/county support and community donations. The community donation portion would appear in place.

A one-time federal grant is on the horizon.

At Tuesday's monthly board of supervisors meeting, a federal grant to the RRSC was approved. Coming via the Federal Transit Administration through VDOT, the grant of $172,000 would establish a regional one-call transportation center to be housed within the newly renovated senior center.
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