Thanks to a donation from regional nonprofit Opal’s Dream Foundation, residents at the Carl M. Brashear Veterans Center in Radcliff will have many more opportunities to have fun in their golden years.

During a donation celebration at the center Friday morning, residents received a surround-sound system, a custom arcade game system with 500 classic games and six large garden boxes. A $500 check designed for facility activities also was presented to the center.

Money raised for Friday’s donation primarily came from Radcliff community members and the foundation matched the money raised, said Paul Thompson, Opal’s Dream Foundation chief operating officer. The Evan Williams American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund also was a major contributor, he said.

In total, more than $13,000 was raised for the center.

Founded in 2012, Opal’s Dream Foundation serves 100 nursing homes in approximately 50 communities across Kentucky and Indiana. According to its website, the foundation’s mission is to restore “dignity, respect and joy to seniors in long-term care.”

Thompson said the foundation regularly fulfills donation requests from non-profit and state-funded nursing homes, along with veteran centers.

“This is our daily work,” he said. “This is something we’re at every day. We’ll take requests from any qualifying nursing home.”

Thompson said the organization also provides mobility assistance, summer activities programming, live entertainment and Christmas gifts for seniors in long-term care.

In attendance at Friday’s event were board members and volunteers with Opal’s Dream Foundation along with faculty, staff and residents with the Carl M. Brashear Radcliff Veterans Center. Mark Bowman, executive director of the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers, also took part.

“This partnership and these gifts mean more than anybody will ever know and they’ll be put to good use for many, many years to come,” Bowman said.

Ed Thompson, administrator for the veterans center, said the center has been partnering with Opal’s Dream Foundation for a few years and the foundation consistently has provided Christmas gifts for residents, in addition to other donations. He said Friday’s donation was by far the largest the center has received from Opal’s Dream.

According to Ed Thompson, the items donated Friday were selected based on requests of residents.

“Being a state agency, we have limits on budgets so when we get outside partners who will come in and provide entertainment activities or equipment, it does a great deal for us,” Thompson said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1413 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1413 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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