Posing in front of their Scott Remington Spinal Cord Research charity’s banner at their 2013 fundraiser in Brant Lake, are: Scott Remington (front) joined by (rear, left to right): his son John, Scott’s sister Renee Smith, daughter Jenna, and mother Gert. Photo provided
Scott Remington and family’s recent Spinal Cord Research Benefit event was a substantial success, the charity’s namesake reported this week.
The annual local fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Foundation netted $33,718 for the charity, Scott Remington said.
“Thanks go to all of the businesses and friends who supported this worthy cause,” Remington said. “It truly is great to live in such a caring community.”
More than 300 people attended, enjoying the meal, socializing, raffles and musical entertainment, Remington said.
The total raised over the fundraiser’s 14 years in existence is now $458,138.
Patricia Stush, Development Director of the Christopher Reeves Foundation, attended and thanked those attending for their continued support on behalf of Remington, who was injured in a 1999 logging accident.
Peter Wilderotter, a volunteer independently raising money for the Reeve Foundation has stated that citizens of Brant Lake and surrounding communities are exceptionally generous, because many contributors elsewhere fade out after a few years — but not in northern Warren County.
“The people of Brant Lake continue to sell out Scott Remington’s fundraiser every year, “ he said, observing their generosity is “amazing.”
Wilderotter said that Chris Reeves, before his untimely death in 2004, called Scott Remington “Our voice from the North” in referring to the Brant Lake native’s staunch advocacy for spinal cord research. Remington and his family and friends have been hailed as sponsoring one of the leading grassroots fundraising efforts for the Reeve Foundation.
May 6, Remington deferred credit to the many people who have participated in his fundraiser through the years.
“The community support has been incredible,” he said. “Going into this with my sister Renee 14 years ago, I had no idea it would become so big. And to have this continue like it has is amazing — the area communities are filled with such love.”
Remington said the money has been yielding results, as new therapies for recovery are being developed.
“We are making a difference, and that’s important,” he said, adding that the Brant Lake-based fundraiser was closing in on the $500,00 mark.
Although the dinner event has concluded, contributions in the form of a check are always welcome. They can be made out to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and sent to Scott Remington Family & Friends, 461 Pease Hill Rd., Brant Lake, NY 12815.