On Sunday, June 11, Dr. Roger Rose and his wife Alyce announced a challenge at the Opengate Annual Awards Day to parents personally matching any donations received over the following week. Parents rose to the call and donated a whopping $10,225 that the Roses’ will now match, bringing the grand total to $20,450.
The Roses are parents of one of our individuals and have enlisted a matching donation challenge in the past. They are long time generous donors with a commitment to raise funds for necessary projects. Dr. Rose serves on the Opengate Board of Directors.
In 2001 the Roses saw a need to restore the greenhouse at our Somers location. The greenhouse is where our residents plant seedlings for our vegetable gardens. They take pride in the gardening process which is also used as a teaching and skill building tool. Of course, the best part is the harvest when they can actually eat what they’ve grown. By restoring the greenhouse, the Roses have also restored another way for our individuals to learn and work.
Like most nonprofits, Opengate has seen its share of funding cuts with possibly more on the horizon. We are grateful for patrons like Dr. and Mrs. Rose who recognize the needs we have and actively pursue ways to assist us in meeting our financial responsibilities.
“Since the founding of Opengate over 40 years ago by parents committed to the well being of their adult children, we are always amazed by their generosity when the need arises.” Chief Operating Officer, Randi Rios-Castro
In the coming year we are in need of replacing worn out furniture and updating a few of our homes. These projects are expensive and not covered by our funding sources. We anticipate more supporters will be inspired by the benevolence of the Roses and commit to future funding projects.
Thank you, Dr. and Mrs. Rose for your continued support.