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Empower Me receives $120K Dream Launcher gift

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On the heels of a recent $100,000 gift, Empower Me Center has announced another large gift toward the first phase of the Empower Me Center project.

According to Empower Me Executive Director Michelle Hill, the local non-profit was presented with a $120,000 check from an anonymous donor to help fund the construction of Empower Me's new facilities.

"To receive this significant gift out of the blue brings happy tears to my eyes," she said. "Once again, we are so very grateful for the generosity of an amazing family from right here in our community."

Hill added the gift puts Empower Me over the half-way mark toward its goal of raising $3 million for the project's first phase. The initial phase of the project will allow Empower Me to purchase land, perform necessary site work, build two cottages for their programs and build a splash pad and adaptive playground.

"Words cannot express how much joy I have had in telling some of our parents about the recent gifts we have received. They are so thankful there are people out there who want to help their babies live a life of opportunities and enjoyment," Hill said. "Empower Me has served thousands of individuals with disabilities over the past 18 years, like a little boy who had seven strokes before he was event born, a brave little girl who has suffered physical and sexual abuse, a smiling young man who battles brain cancer, a beautiful young lady who has autism and is not accepted at other places because of her unique mannerisms or an inspiring youngster who is blind and deaf.

"Gifts like this are not only making a huge impact in the lives of these special children, but all of their parents, extended family members and our community as a whole," she continued. "It's an opportunity to leave a legacy behind that will change lives forever. It's an opportunity to witness first-hand the impact of such a gift and be a conduit for miracles for hundreds of thousands of individuals with special needs. We are forever grateful to this family and all the other donors who are able to step forward and be a Dream Launcher."

Any individual, family or business that contributes $100,000 or more to the fund-raising campaign is considered a Dream Launcher.

Empower Me is a non-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities from 10 different counties. The organization currently has 26 acres on South Hartmann Drive under contract. Once the plans are approved by city leaders and the facilities completed, the Empower Me Center will consist of a community recreational building, a recreational sports complex and independent/supervised living cottages. To learn more, visit

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