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February 8, 2008
CLEVELAND … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation announced today it donated $100,000 to benefit Achievement Centers for Children (ACC). Funds will be paid over two years and will be used to purchase a parcel of land adjoining Camp Cheerful in Strongsville.
“We believe in creating a circle of care that encompasses the entire family. By helping the whole family, a child with special needs has the greatest opportunity to achieve,” said Patricia Nobili, executive director – ACC. “Because of Eaton’s generous donation families will continue to call on us as a source of hope, a place of achievement and a center of support and expertise for children with disabilities.”
Founded in 1940, ACC is a non-profit agency that has earned a reputation for excellence in serving children with a wide range of disabilities including physical, neurological, sensory, cognitive or a combination of all. These special needs children are able to lead productive lives through customized therapies; education and childcare programs; camping and recreation opportunities; nationally-recognized autism programs and family support services. The agency serves more than 3,000 children and families each year from all income levels and provides services at its three facilities in Highland Hills, Westlake and Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. Many services are also provided in homes, schools and day care locations.
Located on 52 acres in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, Camp Cheerful is Ohio's first barrier-free camp offering weekly summer sessions and off-season weekend sessions. The camp is for children and adults ages seven and older with and without special needs. Camp Cheerful's therapeutic riding program is certified by the (NARHA) as a Premier Accredited Center Program, one of only 10 such accredited facilities in Ohio.
Camp activities are designed to meet the individual interests and needs of campers of all abilities and promote self-confidence, independence and friendship in a beautiful outdoor environment.
“Giving something back to the communities in which we work is a hallmark of the Eaton culture,” said Susan J. Cook, Eaton vice president – Human Resources, and ACC board member. “Camp Cheerful is a place where children with disabilities and their families can go to strengthen abilities and create opportunities for lifelong achievement in society. Eaton is proud to play a part in advancing that mission.”
Eaton’s World Headquarters is located in Cleveland. Approximately 1,700 employees work in Cleveland and the surrounding areas.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 64,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 140 countries.