Through the MGH Safe Room Buy-a-Brick Campaign, individuals may purchase bricks inscribed with a maximum of three 18-character lines for $150 per brick.
According to a recent newsletter published by the MGH Foundation, the need for a safe room became amplified by the events of April 27, 2011, when a wave of tornadoes carved a path through north-central Alabama.
“We started building our safe room earlier in the year, but the flier for this brick campaign was only recently mailed to the public,” MGH Arena coordinate Tim Greene said. “This will be an on-going campaign. Our initial goal is to sell 400 bricks to start a walkway leading to the safe room.”
Greene stated more than 750 bricks would be needed to complete the walkway.
“Our end goal is to build a courtyard area close to the safe room itself,” Greene said. “The first run of this fundraiser will complete more than half of our walkway.”
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind President Dr. John Mascia called the equestrian programs a “value-added component” to AIDB programs and stressed the importance of the safe room initiatives.
“Through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding, staff are able to provide students who are deaf, blind or multidisabled with beneficial non-traditional learning experiences,” Mascia said. “The safety of our students is a priority in all of our programs and we are grateful for this public and private partnership between AIDB and our friends in the Marianna Greene Henry and AIDB Foundations who are supporting the construction of this new safe room at the Arena. Good things do happen when we come together - one brick, one person at a time.”
For more information or to donate, call 256-761-3364 or visit the MGH Arena website at www.mgharena.com.
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