Bittners create challenge gift for county ambulance garage

Keith and Mary Bittner
Longtime Albion area residents Keith and Mary Bittner have initiated a challenge gift campaign to fund construction of a garage for the Boone County Ambulance.
The ambulance, in conjunction with Boone County Health Center, is currently raising funds to build a 50 x 60 foot steel building at an estimated total cost of $300,000 The building will be located just to the east and south of the health center on the former bowling alley property.
The ambulance is currently housed in the Albion Fire Station. However, the Albion department has other needs for that space. The city has agreed to let the county ambulance use this space on a month-by-month basis until the new building becomes available.
Specific requirements must be met for construction of the garage. BCHC will share the garage with the county and have a maintenance area within this space. The health center is committed to contributing funding to see the project through. The fundraising goal is at least $200,000.
The Bittners, in appreciation of Dr. Tony Kusek and the BCHC staff, have pledged a $50,000 contribution toward the new ambulance garage. Keith graduated from Albion High School in 1972, and he is challenging his classmates, as well as Mary’s Petersburg High School classmates from 1971, and the public to raise an additional $50,000 to match.
If this challenge is met, the Bittners are willing to give an additional $50,000. Dr. Kusek has already pledged the first $5,000 toward the initial challenge.