BRANTLAKE - Soon after he was paralyzed in a freak logging accident about 12 years ago, Scott Remington decided that he wasn't going to sit in a wheelchair the rest of his life and wait for other people to work towards a cure for paralysis.
Scott and his sister, Renee, and their friends made some calls and launched a fundraiser that became an annual event.
Since then, the event has become one of the largest fundraisers in the nation of its type to combat paralysis - having raised more than $350,000 in 11 years.
On Saturday, March 26, the 12th annual Scott Remington Family & Friends Spinal Cord Research Benefit event will be held at Jimbo's Club in Brant Lake, with entertainment, prizes, raffles and plenty of socializing.
The event is open only to those who purchase tickets in advance, and only 300 tickets at $30 each will be sold.
In addition, the event's main raffle features a vacation that offers a choice of a trip to Jamaica or Cancun for two, all inclusive for six nights. Another destination is a seven-night cruise for two. The trips are donated in part by Liberty Travel. Other raffle prizes are a rustic bench by CRS Rustics, an Adirondack-style queen headboard donated by Abraham's Woodworks, a recliner donated by Kugler's Red Barn, and a chain saw handed up by S.L. Bureau Wood Products.
Only 500 raffle tickets are to be sold for $20 each, and the drawing is at the benefit event. To purchase, see: www.scottrem.com or call 494-7740.
All proceeds will go to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Remingtons' fundraiser is considered the largest of its type to contribute to the organization.
Scott Remington said Tuesday he appreciated citizens' generosity.
"After 12 years of this benefit, it's incredible we keep raising money for such a good cause," he said. "It shows the great community spirit we have around here."
For years, many thousands of dollars have been donated to the Foundation through the Scott Remington benefit events.
This charitable spirit in the region - and the accomplishments of Scott and Renee - have been chronicled in the 2004 book, "Just an Accident," as well as on the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Web site.
This year's Spinal Cord Benefit will once again be a sit-down event featuring a pasta dinner, guest speaker, music, and raffles through the evening. Music is by Totally Tuned Deejay.
Seating is limited, and tickets - not sold at the door - are available now from Scott Remington and his family members. Folks may call 494-7740 and make arrangements for purchase.
Jimbo's Club is located northeast of the Brant Lake hamlet on state Rte. 8. For details, see the Web site www.scottrem.com.