September Fundraisers Also Highlight NDAD Program Benefits

If you ever find yourself planning or participating in a community benefit for a needy individual or family, or if you’re the one the benefit is being organized for, it could help you considerably to learn about the Community Fundraiser program provided by NDAD.

Three NDAD-sponsored community fundraisers are scheduled in September:

* This Saturday, Sept. 8, at Grand Forks’ Southgate Casino Bar & Grill, for breast cancer patient Helen Garcia, a Grafton, N.D., area native who lives in East Grand Forks, Minn. Helen’s husband, Juan DeDios Garcia, was a kidney transplant recipient almost five years ago. Saturday’s benefit is a free-will spaghetti feed and silent auction.

* Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Grand Forks Ramada, for little Teagan Leehan of East Grand Forks, whose 1st birthday will be Oct. 31, just months after needing two liver transplants. That benefit includes a bake sale, pulled pork sandwiches, live music, kids games, baked potato bar, gift basket raffle, silent auction and more.

* Sunday, Sept. 23, at Williston’s Old Armory building, for Dennis Ahoe, a longtime Williston resident who was raised in the Devils Lake area. Ahoe is dealing with quadriplegia after a June 1 motorcycle crash. That event includes a sloppy joe feed and silent auction.

NDAD-sponsored community fundraisers are conducted by friends and families of a person with a disability or a serious health challenge.

NDAD, a charitable nonprofit organization, acts as custodian of the funds raised, which can be used to help the individual with medical and other urgent needs and expenses, including helping with doctor, clinic or hospital bills and paying pre-existing bills. NDAD allows the client to use the bank of his or her choice to hold all funds that are raised.

The community fundraiser service is offered free of charge by NDAD. All funds raised are spent on the client’s needs. It’s a service NDAD has provided across North Dakota for the majority of its 37 years. References are available.

The service offers benefits in several ways. NDAD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, meaning any funds donated to NDAD qualify for a charitable donation and are deductible for donors who itemize. Funds donated to bank accounts that are not under 501(c)(3) status are not deductible funds.

Donations directly to a needy individual also may cause that person to lose eligibility for various public assistance programs that are based on income. With NDAD as fund custodian, the funds should protect eligibility for public programs. NDAD tracks all funds raised and expenses paid. The client, family member or representative can bring in the donation, and NDAD will provide the necessary accounting functions.

Approved bills must be submitted to NDAD, where they will be paid with donated funds — a service that can be of great relief to individuals or families dealing with overwhelming situations. If clients are at medical facilities out of town for long periods of time, it also can be a great convenience.

NDAD’s long reputable service in North Dakota also is a factor sometimes when potential donors consider a fundraiser sponsored by the organization.

Also, NDAD provides marketing and consulting expertise to help with fundraisers, including creation and copying of posters, letters or any other advertising items necessary for fundraisers.

Learn more about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program by calling (701) 775-5577 or toll free (800) 532-NDAD.

You also can visit and learn about the program, the upcoming fundraisers for Helen Garcia, Teagan Leehan and Dennis Ahoe and about the beneficial role you can play — using the website — to help these three individuals.