Addiction Is Damaging Kentucky Communities
The Bluegrass Region of Central Kentucky is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Not only is there beauty in the heralded horse farms, lush green pastures, charming towns, and the city of Lexington, there is a tangible spirit of community that is woven throughout this land, a pride and a knowledge that we are fortunate caretakers of this magnificent piece of God’s country.
However strong the foundation and tight the weave of families and community, there is one thing that can shake this foundation, unraveling and devastating families. That thing is addiction. While addiction has always been here, and throughout our culture, it has reached alarmingly deep into our families and communities. It has taken the lives of hundreds of Kentuckians, and the increase over prior successive years is stunning, tragic, and unnecessary.
Increasing Access to Addiction Treatment
It is self-evident that we need more treatment resources and quality treatment here in the Bluegrass Region. Currently, the waiting period for people trying to enter treatment programs is weeks, even months, while the window of an addict or alcoholic’s willingness to seek treatment is hours, even minutes. This delay in availability often leads one to return to their destructive habit, and sometimes death.
The Gene Duffy Foundation is committed to addressing this need, assisting this community by promoting education and research about drug and alcohol addiction, and providing assistance for the treatment of these addictions.
In June 2015, a major donation to the Gene Duffy Foundation was finalized. A family who believed in the mission of the Foundation gifted a beautiful 63-acre horse farm on the outskirts of Lexington, KY, into the Foundation. The property was appraised at nearly $9 million. They wanted to formalize their generosity by stating the following in the legal documents.
“Whereas, the Seller’s principals and/or their family members have been personally affected by the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction and have actively participated in and benefited from 12-Step programs conducted in both residential facilities and outpatient clinics; and
Whereas, the Seller’s principals believe, as a result of their first-hand experiences, that the treatment offered by non-profit organizations like the Buyer is the most effective means of helping people afflicted with alcoholism and drug addiction to recover from such diseases and to return to living productive lives; and
Whereas, the Buyer believes that the Premises (as such term is defined below), given its remote and serene location, would provide an ideal setting for a residential treatment program, but the Buyer does not have the resources to purchase the property for its full value; and
Whereas, the Seller’s principals, as an expression of their gratitude for the help that they have received from 12-Step programs and as a testimonial of their belief in the mission of the Buyer, are willing to sell the Premises to the Buyer at a bargain price (a so-called bargain sale) on the terms set forth herein.”
The property has now become the new home of the Gene Duffy Foundation. It will be used to support people and programs related to the Foundation’s mission.
A family who believed in the mission of the Foundation gifted a beautiful 63-acre horse farm on the outskirts of Lexington, KY, into the Foundation.
“… Whereas, the Seller’s principals, as an expression of their gratitude for the help that they have received from 12-step programs and as a testimonial of their belief in the mission of the Buyer, are willing to sell the Premises to the Buyer at a bargain price (a so-called bargain sale) on the terms set forth herein.”