TUPELO – The turkey has been reduced to leftovers, but the thanksgiving won’t be complete until Sunday when the Regional Rehabilitation Center has its annual Celebration of Hope.
The annual event will be broadcast by WTVA from 1 to 3 p.m. from The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
Last year, the benefit set a record by raising nearly $200,000 to provide a range of therapeutic services without charge, said Executive Director Kay Mathews.
“The needs are always there, no matter what the economy is doing,” Mathews said. “We’re dependent on public support.”
The center, which recently resumed operations at its Pegram Drive home after renovations, provides speech therapy, physical therapy, audiological services and early intervention services.
Annually the center serves about 2,000 people from about 25 Northeast Mississippi counties.
It costs about $1 million a year to run the center, money that comes from Sunday’s benefit as well as concerts, special events, the United Way, public support and private donations.
At Sunday’s Celebration of Hope, the center will celebrate individual successes with stories from its clients.
Musician Paul Thorn and author Peggy Webb will be among the phone bank volunteers taking calls with pledges for the center.
Door prizes will be awarded to people who come and watch the broadcast at the mall.
Michael Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal