Fundraising Nears $10 Million For Greenwich's Nathaniel Witherell

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David Ormsby (center), chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, presents a check  to Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei (second from right). Also in photo are (from left) Allen Brown, Debby Lash and Karen Sadik-Khan.
David Ormsby (center), chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, presents a check to Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei (second from right). Also in photo are (from left) Allen Brown, Debby Lash and Karen Sadik-Khan. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Inc. helped to raise $9.8 million for Project Renew, the capital campaign to modernize and refurbish the Nathaniel Witherell in Greenwich. 

The short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care center is owned by the town of Greenwich.

At a special reception for supporters, David Ormsby, chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherall, presented Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei with a check for $1.75 million. That is part of the Friends' commitment to raise $7 million over four years to assist the town in funding the costs of Project Renew.

The check supplements the $1 million contributed by the Friends to the Town in June 2013.

Completion of Project Renew is scheduled for September, with total construction costs projected at $26 million.

The check presentation and announcement were made in Witherell's new Rehabilitation Center. It was followed by tours of the Center and a reception in the adjacent Rose Garden for supporters of the project.

"The Friends of Nathaniel Witherell believe that the $4,065,000 raised to date for Project Renew from private citizens, and the up to $5.8 million raised from other sources, continues one of our town's finest traditions, which is a public/private partnership to support Greenwich's extraordinary institutions," Ormsby said.

In addition to the $4,065,000 raised from private donations and pledges, including $1 million from the Dalio Foundation, the Friends collaborated with the Town of Greenwich to generate the following funds to reimburse the construction costs of Project Renew:

  • A grant of $500,000 under Connecticut's Small Town Economic Assistance Program.
  • A contribution of $4,490,918 from Connecticut Light & Power Co. as a result of the organization's agreement to purchase Connecticut State Historic Structures Tax Credits generated by Project Renew.
  • A grant for $150,000 in energy conservation tax credits under the State's Neighborhood Assistance Act (pending).
  • Up to $600,000 in future direct payments to the town resulting from an application by the Nathaniel Witherell Building Committee, in collaboration with the Friends and Northeast Utility Services Company, for energy savings associated with new boilers, HVAC, and energy systems installed during Project Renew.
  • A grant for $48,892 from the United States, under its 2008 HUD Community Development Block Grant Program, to fund part of the cost of the Friendship Garden component of Project Renew.

Witherell's new short-term Rehabilitation Center offers individuals recovering from joint replacement surgery, cardiac events, stroke, or other serious illness, the latest in physical and occupational therapy as well as speech and language pathology services. Licensed therapists provide short-term rehab patients with therapy up to seven days a week.

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