We reached $26,200 shortly after announcing our pledge. The Palmier Foundation then matched this amount, and received additional funds thanks to the generosity of our good friends Sal LeCesse, CEO of LeCesse Development Corp. and Bob Morgan, CEO of Morgan Management. Over the course of 100 days we raised a total of $70,100. On Saturday, October 21, Daniel Palmier presented Intervol’s team with a check while celebrating at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA. Afterwards, we were excited to receive an additional $1,500 in donations!
“This incredibly generous donation from The Palmier Foundation provides a tremendous opportunity for InterVol to continue its mission and connect the world’s neediest to materials, people and opportunity,” said Nicole Jones, Director of Intervol. “In the next month alone InterVol will ship two containers of medical supplies to Liberia and to Uganda. It’s only because of The Palmier Foundation’s generosity that we’re able to continue shipping medical supplies to those less fortunate.”Thanks to the supporters of Intervol’s team of 54 runners who participated in the Marathon, the organization beat its fundraising goal of $75,000 and raised $111,129.55.
Intervol’s team of runners gathered tremendous support from donors, exceeding their fundraising goal InterVol, a not-for-profit based in Rochester, New York, works to recover viable unused medical supplies from hospitals and clinics and distribute them to those in need. To date, InterVol has shipped supplies to 73 countries around the world. In addition, each year InterVol supports multiple medical mission trips to countries in dire need of healthcare.
My friend and Notre Dame colleague Dr. Ralph Pennino founded InterVol in the late ‘80s after observing a desperate need for new medical supplies while doing his own volunteer work in developing nations. The organization has grown not only in the amount of supplies it provides, but also in the medical services it offers.
Our donation will help Intervol expand their two main programs, Recovery of Unused Medical Supplies (RUMS) and Volunteer Medical Professionals (VMP). RUMS and VMP work in tandem to improve healthcare in developing countries and communities struck by disaster. These programs are of special importance now, due to the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. Since September 1, Intervol has shipped over $1 million worth of medical supplies, water, diapers, and other toiletries to the Caribbean and parts of the southern United States for hurricane relief.