Cassidy Lake, June 25, 2014– Representatives and supporters of the Lewis Fitness Centre capital campaign took part in the launch of the capital campaign at the Portage Atlantic center at Cassidy Lake, near Sussex.
Portage Atlantic, a not-for-profit organization that helps youth from across Atlantic Canada overcome serious drug and alcohol addiction announced today that a capital campaign to raise the balance of $800,000 for Lewis Fitness Centre is officially underway.
“The launch for the Lewis Fitness Centre capital campaign is thanks, in large part to a major donation from the late Dr. William Lewis” said Dr. Frank Wilson, Portage Atlantic board member and close friend of the late Dr. Lewis. “Thanks to his donation and monies raised through the Lewis Fitness Centre campaign, we are more than halfway to our overall goal of $1.5 million.”
Russell King, Portage Atlantic Chairman said the future ability of the organization to help young people in distress lies in the support of the community. “The absence of Fitness Centre where one can be educated, encouraged and motivated to participate in regular physical activity can no longer be ignored. This Fitness Centre will greatly enhance the programs and services and positively impact behaviors and promote healthy lifestyles.” said Dr. King. He voiced his delight in the exemplary efforts of the Campaign Co-Chairs, Mr. Dave Emmerson of Fredericton and Mr. Andre Vincent of Moncton as well as numerous members of the campaign.
Portage, accredited by Accreditation Canada, is an internationally recognized charitable organization that offers a variety of services and is one of North America’s leading organizations in the treatment of drug abuse. The residential treatment centre at Portage Atlantic, near Sussex, New Brunswick welcomes youth aged 14 to 21, from the four Atlantic Provinces.