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Lifesaver benefit set at Boonshill

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

A benefit to help raise funds for Lincoln County Project Lifesaver will be held at the Boonshill Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 5 p.m.

Offerings at the benefit will include a hamburger steak supper, dinner music, a concert beginning at 6 p.m. and a live auction.

 “One hundred percent of all the proceeds will go directly to the Lincoln County Project Lifesaver Program,” said Joyce McConnell, an investigator with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, explaining that Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff, a non-profit 501(c)(3), has partnered with this program in an effort to offset the initial cost of implementing the program.

The initial cost for a personal locator unit for each individual, tester for the unit, wrist band and battery is approximately $300, with a recurring cost of replacing the band and battery every month. Altogether, the Emergency Response System Kit’s cost alone is $2,415.

The radio transmitters will assist caregivers and emergency agencies in locating those who perhaps have Alzheimer’s and wander away and become lost. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is offering this program free of charge.

Lincoln County Project Lifesaver is a local affiliate of Project Lifesaver International, also a non-profit organization headed by retired law enforcement. Project Lifesaver is located in 46 states, five Provinces in Canada, and Australia.

Funding for this program is a result of private and corporate donations and grants. Donations are used directly for programs, rescues and educational expenses.

“Donations and community awareness programs will be the cornerstone to the success of Lincoln County’s Project Lifesaver Program,” McConnell said. “Awareness throughout the community about the benefits of this program is vital, especially to those families dealing with the stress of this devastating disease.

 “Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department recognizes the community’s need for improving the safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s who may wander away from their family,” she continued. “We need your help. Please consider making Lincoln County’s Project Lifesaver Program a part of your outreach program for the community.”

Those who cannot attend the benefit, but would like to donate may make checks payable to Friends of the Lincoln County Sheriff (FoLCS). Write Project Lifesaver in the memo line. Donations will be earmarked for the Lincoln County Project Lifesaver program. Donations are tax-deductible. Send donations to FoLCS, P.O. Box 1435, Fayetteville TN 37334.

For more information or questions about this program, call McConnell at (931) 433-9821 or Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck at (931) 433-6712. Or for more information on Project Lifesaver International, visit the organization’s website at www.projectlifesaver.org.