ACFA Raises More than $20,000 for Orlando-Based Charity

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At its recent convention in San Francisco, the American Cash Flow Association raised more than $20,000 in donations for the Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando, Florida.

— At its recent convention in San Francisco, the American Cash Flow Association (http://association.americancashflow.com) raised more than $20,000 in donations for the Russell Home for Atypical Children in Orlando, Florida.

Recognized nationally for its compassionate treatment of disabled children and adults, the Russell Home was established 55 years ago by Vantrease “Grandma” Russell to care for disabled children who would otherwise be institutionalized. The first child to be housed at the home, now 60, is still there.

The Russell Home is now run by Janet Russell Nixon, Mrs. Russell’s daughter. Mrs. Russell died in 2003. Over the years, Mrs. Russell was given numerous awards, and they are displayed throughout the home.

The Home enables its 25 disabled residents to experience life in a typical home atmosphere rather than the sterile atmosphere associated with institutions. The largest room, called the “nursery,” houses the six most severely disabled residents. Other residents stay in typical bedrooms with one, two, or three beds and have several “family” rooms where they gather during the day for activities.

Because it is faith-based, the Russell Home receives no governmental funding, although it has been honored by President George W. Bush. It relies totally on private donations and on its benefactors spreading word about its work. It does not solicit funds.

Fred Rewey, president of the ACFA (http://association.americancashflow.com), became aware of the home through his work with the Orlando Harley Group, which does numerous projects and fundraisers for the home. He took that message to San Francisco for ACFA’s annual convention and named the Russell Home as the recipient of the proceeds for the organization’s annual raffle, which raises funds for charities every year.

Over a two-day period, the raffle raised $10,090, and Rewey matched that with ACFA funds, making a total contribution of $20,180. It is the Association’s intention to adopt the Home as its official charity, Rewey said.

“I have been more than overwhelmed by the positive spirit of the Russell Home, its residents, and the dedication of the people running it. The staff has done incredible work with the Russell Home making each resident feel comfortable and part of a family. It is my distinct privilege to help in whatever small way I can and I would encourage others to do the same.”

The American Cash Flow Association® (http://association.americancashflow.com) is a national member organization serving the cash flow industry, which fosters growth, pioneers advancement of the industry, and supports its members with products and services. The Association promotes professional standards and provides a forum for communication, including the exchange of ideas and transaction of business, leading to success in the cash flow industry.

For more information about the Russell Home or to make a donation, call Janet Russell Nixon at 407-855-8063 or write The Russell Home, 510 Holden Ave., Orlando, FL, 32839.

Caption: Janet Russell Nixon (second from left) accepts the ACFA donation from (left to right) Fred Rewey, Cathy Simmons, ACFA business manager, and Tracy Z. Rewey.

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