UPDATED: Historic 147-Acre Camp to Remain Open after Flood of Donations

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United Country – National Realty & Auction Marketing Efforts Help Save Cerebral Palsy Ranch

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United Country – National Realty & Auction Marketing Efforts Help Save Cerebral Palsy Ranch

I rejoice in the fact the camp can continue serve those who need it most.

A piece of Kansas history will no longer be sold on the auction block Saturday. Due to a nationwide marketing campaign, enough attention was drawn to the closing of the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ranch in Butler County, Kan., that the organization received enough donations to remain open to serve the public.

"The ranch means so much to so many and it's apparent by all the support that we have seen in the past 48 hours," said Cheryl Schmeidler, board member of the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ranch and former executive director of the ranch. “This place has served the disabled in Kansas and the surrounding states for almost 50 years, and now we have a plan in place to continue that mission of sharing this unique program in outdoor education and recreation to individuals who otherwise would not get these opportunities.”

Until a decade ago, the ranch was supported by the Jaycees. Financial support for the ranch declined as the membership to that organization diminished in number. The camp’s board members had approached Bill Eberhardt, auctioneer and broker of United Country – National Realty & Auction of Augusta, Kan., to conduct an auction of the camp after it had been forced to shut down this summer.

The foundation had planned to use the money raised at auction to try to continue programs for the disabled at another location, but after a nationwide marketing campaign conducted by United Country Real Estate, the ranch will be able to continue operations at its current location. The donations resulted in 45 days of funding for the camp with commitments for more.

“It's always sad to lose an auction after so much time, effort and expense, but I rejoice in the fact the camp can continue serve those who need it most," said Eberhardt. "I wish the camp well and have offered my auction services for any of the foundation’s future fundraising events to help further the camp's mission." The foundation’s board of directors has graciously offered to reimburse the local United Country office for all marketing and set-up expenses.

The Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Foundation Ranch recreation and educational program was founded in 1964 by Mr. Jack Jonas, then president and founder of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, and Mr. Deryl Schuster, then president of the Kansas Jaycees. With the help of the Kansas Jaycees and many other dedicated individuals, they built this residential summer camp for children and adults living with Cerebral Palsy, as well as other physical and mental disabilities. Since its inception, the camp has served over 12,000 campers and indirectly served an additional 20,000 through respite services.

About United Country
United Country Real Estate is the largest fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals in the United States. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company has been an innovator in real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 600 offices across the U.S., Costa Rica, Panama and resort areas of Mexico, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of property marketing websites (more than 3,000 separate sites and traffic of approximately 3 million visitors per month), multiple United Country real estate catalogs with national distribution , an extensive buyer database and national advertising of local properties that reaches more than 90 million homes per week. United Country has recently been recognized by AllBusiness.com, The Land Report, Entrepreneur and The Wall Street Journal as one of the top U.S. real estate companies.

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