LIMESTONE, Tenn. (May 7, 2020) – The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center today announced it received a $5,000 grant from The East Tennessee Foundation as part of the foundation’s COVID-19 Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund. The grant will assist in The Crumley House’s operational expenses. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Crumley House, like many non-profits, finds itself facing a major shortfall, eclipsing $125,000 in annual fundraising and donations moving through 2020.
“We are greatly appreciative of The East Tennessee Foundation and its assistance with this grant. They have been great partners with The Crumley House over the years,” said Guynn Edwards, Crumley House Executive Director. “It was a blessing to learn that we were approved for these funds, but we’re still facing a long uphill challenge.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Crumley House canceled its two major 2020 fundraisers, the Joggin’ for the Noggin! 5k Run/Walk and its highly popular Polynesian Beach Party. Combined, these two events annually generate $125k to $175k for the facility. Additionally, The Crumley House was dropped as a recipient from the United Way of Washington County Tennessee funds for 2020.
“Canceling these events impacts The Crumley House greatly,” added Edwards. “Rest assured, our board of directors and our staff are busy planning alternative means to solicit donations and raise funds, but it will be a monumental challenge to even get close to our typical income from these events, which we depend on greatly each year.
“While we’re disappointed to cancel these events, it was not a hard decision to make. We fully understand the important issue at hand is the health, safety and well-being of everyone including our Crumley House residents, members and staff. Naturally our events depend heavily on corporate partnerships, food donations and community support. However, we realize under these circumstances all are stressed and discretionary income is in question for so many,” Edwards adds.
The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehab Center currently is accepting donations online at crumleyhouse.com or by mail to The Crumley House, 300 Urbana Road, Limestone, TN 37681. For more information, call 423.257.3644.