A $25,000 grant that Capital Region BOCES and SkillsUSA secured for the Jack Falvo III Foundation in Schenectady has turned into a $70,000 gift.
The recent gift is a direct result of the original $25,000 grant from Lowe’s and the ensuing media coverage, according to a news release.
The grant was announced May 28 and drew coverage from most of the major news organizations in the area, including The Daily Gazette. Foundation executives told Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Principal Denise Capece that there was a direct relationship between the media attention in May and the recent $70,000 gift, the release said.
The funds will go toward completing construction of Jack’s Place, a refuge for families of patients at Ellis Hospital and Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital. The task of building the eight-bedroom house across from Ellis on Rosa Road has been taken up by students at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School who are members of SkillsUSA.
The project is expected to be completed in August.
Jack’s Place is named for Jack Falvo III, who was killed in a personal watercraft accident in 2005. Following his death, his parents, Jack and Kate Falvo, started the foundation in his name.