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Funding SAVES in Skaneateles

Skaneateles Ambulance Volunteer Emergency Service has two separate fund raising efforts due to new building

Back in 2004, after 37 years of quiet dedicated service, SAVES blew its own siren. The medical emergency organization had been operating in the red and had been eroding a bequest to meet its operating budget. To remedy that financial situation, SAVES started the "Coming to the Rescue" campaign to raise money to help meet yearly operating expenses.

"That campaign was successful," said board member Daniel Labeille who, together with John Haberstock, another new member of the board, had been invited to help the organization develop its fund-raising efforts.

"The fund helped the organization meet its operating expenses and restore funds to its modest reserve," Labeille said.

This year, as SAVES faces the challenge of raising capital funds to build a much-needed new facility, it has again asked Labeille and Haberstock to lead the fund- raising effort.

With regard to the capital campaign for the new building, "a substantial portion of the money needed was acquired by members of a campaign advisory committee approaching people who we knew might be inclined to help early on, as well applying to local area foundations for their support," Labeille said, "and a lot of individuals generously stepped right up to the plate."

"A capital campaign usually has several components, and this one was structured to raise money for the construction, as well as develop a small reserve for deferred long-term maintenance of the facility," Labeille said. "This is important as it provides an organization with some financial stability. SAVES is an organization dedicated to providing emergency care and ambulance transport. The staff and volunteers are terrific at what they do but they don't have the time to do much fund-raising so providing financial stability is essential for this organization to survive."

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