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While antiques enthusiasts looked Saturday for treasures during the Thousand Islands Antique Dealers Association’s 34th annual show, they also helped raise money for the Northern Regional Center for Independent Living.

For the first time in its history, the antique dealers association decided to give all of its event proceeds to a fellow nonprofit agency, which happened to be the independent living center.

“We’re hoping to start a capital fund because services are expanding so quickly, mainly in Lewis County,” said Brenda S. Campany, NRCIL executive director. “Space is something we’re trying to work on in our new strategic plan.”

Mrs. Campany said NRCIL operates both a peer-to-peer program for people with mental health diagnoses in Lewis County and a recovery center there for people who are mentally ill who need assistance in reconnecting with the community. While services also continue to grow within Jefferson County, she said, change is happening more rapidly in Lewis County.

NRCIL operates centers in Watertown, Lyons Falls, Harrisville and Lowville.

With federal, state and local dollars fading, Mrs. Campany said, partnerships with nonprofits, businesses and community members will become more important.

“Our dependence on state and federal funds — we have to get away from that,” she said. “Partnerships with an organization like the Antique Dealers Association is vital.”

Eugene V. Smith, association member, said the association has benefited other organizations, just not at 100 percent before. The partnership with NRCIL began, he said, after he spoke with his daughter, Richelle M. David, NRCIL parent training and information coordinator.

“It’s a wonderful cause, and a great venue for the show,” Mr. Smith said.

All hallways and walkways were filled with antique furniture, jewelry, rugs, holiday decorations, silver, trains and other collectibles. More than 20 vendors will keep proceeds from their sales, but NRCIL will receive proceeds from booth rental fees, a silent auction, admission fees, raffles and concession stand sales.

Mrs. David said that NRCIL has a goal of $5,000, and that the funds will remain unrestricted for now.

“Collaborations like this could honestly mean the same services and programs being maintained,” she said.

The antique show continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Liberty Building, 210 Court St., where NRCIL has its office. There is an admission fee of $3.

For more information about NRCIL, visit www.nrcil.net.




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