Burton Center celebrated the dedication of the Fujifilm Inclusive and Accessible Reflecting Pond yesterday in the Sensory Park. The 1.5 acre pond will provide a place for rest, relaxation and fishing for those with disabilities and special needs as well as their families. “Fujifilm and Burton Center developed a partnership over 20 years ago. This great partnership continues to give people with disabilities and special needs many opportunities to earn wages both in the Day Activity Center and also for 16 individuals working at Fujifilm,” stated Jimmy Burton, Executive Director of Burton Center. “We cannot thank Fujifilm enough for their generosity and for sponsoring this pond and pavilion, which will be available to all people with disabilities and special needs in the surrounding areas.”
“We also thank the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood for their generosity in providing the security fence and gates surrounding the pond. We are so grateful for all that they have done for Burton Center’s individuals and staff,” stated Burton.
“Fujifilm’s partnership with Burton Center has grown over the years, and the Burton Center staff and clients have a very special place in my heart, “ said Todd Croker, President of FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. “We appreciate everything the Burton Center does for our community,” continued Croker, “and I encourage other industries to reach out to them.” “One of Fujifilm’s global overarching aims is to help enhance the quality of life of people worldwide,” said Croker. “Our hope is that this pond and pavilion serve that purpose for years to come.”
Dr. Robert Elsner, Chairman of the Burton Center Board for Disabilities and Special Needs, closed with a prayer of dedication.
Submitted by Teresa Medlin