For Immediate Release
August 29, 2019
Kate Flavin


Updated: Commissioners to Participate in Project Access Fundraiser

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – This afternoon, Sedgwick County Commissioners Lacey Cruse and Jim Howell will rappel down the Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, as part of the Access the Ledge fundraiser for Project Access. The first 70 fundraisers who raised a minimum of $1,000 in donations for Project Access were allowed to rappel down the building.

Commissioner Cruse was scheduled to rappel at 4 p.m. and Commissioner Howell at 5 p.m.

“This is probably one of the craziest things I’ve ever done but knowing that one in seven residents in this community goes without healthcare is even crazier.” Commissioner Cruse said. “I’m happy to bring attention and awareness to this issue and if it means rappelling of a 14-story building to do so ... well so be it!”

“I’m excited to bring attention to such a worthy cause!” Commissioner Howell said. “Project Access has been a tremendous program that has helped countless people across this community. I greatly appreciate the many providers who faithfully and sacrificially give to those that have nowhere else to go to get life-saving medical help.”

Project Access is a partnership program administered through the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation, an affiliate of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County, to provide access to donated medical care, prescription medications, and durable medical equipment for uninsured, low income residents of Sedgwick County. The program supported 1,149 patients in 2018.

This year, Sedgwick County provided $200,000 to the organization. The same amount of funding was approved in the 2020 Adopted Budget.