The $2.5 million had been raised, and a cheer went up at Springbrook’s annual gala Saturday, April 9, in The Otesaga’s packed ballroom, when the news was announced.
“We’re going to be finished early,” added Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook executive director, “and way under budget.”
The locally raised $2.5 million freed up Paychex owner Tom Golisano’s $2.5 million matching grant, which was added to a state “bare-bones” allocation to allow Springbrook’s expansion to serve 24 more children with developmental disabilities to move forward.
Construction had begun in July 2010, and anyone driving through Milford Center on Route 28 can look up on the hillside to the west and see the progress that’s been made.
When completed in April 2012, the project will add 112 new permanent jobs to the Otsego County workforce.
This year’s turnout to the sixth annual gala, “Together Hand In Hand,” drew the largest crowd to date.
The theme “represents the partnerships Springbrook has shared with its donors, families, students and staff during the year. Together we will make Springbrook the greatest school for children with autism in the country,” Kennedy said in a pre-gala release.
This year’s lead sponsors were Citizens Bank and LeChase Construction Services. Other sponsors include Relph Benefit Advisors, ZMK Construction, Louis N. Picciano and Son, Inc., Bryans & Gramuglia, Christa Construction, Maggs & Associates, Tom & Patricia O’Brien, Wells Fargo Advisors, Schuler-Haas Electric Company and RTech.