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Sports memorabilia auction at North Creek nursing home

— Local nursing home officials are adding a sports memorabilia auction to their 4th annual Sportsmen’s Raffle fundraising event Oct. 26 in the hope of generating more interest and raising more money for the facility.

The Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on State Route 28 is more than a nursing home — the only one within 40 miles. It also features adult day care and an outpatient physical therapy/rehabilitation center to make ends meet. Yet, in this fiscal climate, government reimbursements are dwindling, according to Administrator Hal Payne, and it’s getting more difficult to pay the bills.

“It’s getting worse every year,” Payne said. “The cuts to Medicaid and Medicare have been significant over the years, especially the last few years.”

Auction, raffle

To help make up for those deficits, Adirondack Tri-County launched its first Sportsmen’s Raffle four years ago, including raffles for hunting and fishing items and a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle. Generating about $10,000-$12,000 in revenue each year, it’s been a successful fundraiser.

“It’s extremely vital to the facility,” Payne said. “This event is run mostly by the employees, and employees know the hardships that we’re facing and work hard at this to give us some additional revenue for things for the residents.”

This year, they have the opportunity to throw in a silent auction with sports memorabilia:

•2013 Eli Manning poster

•Jimmer Fredette autographed picture

•Jimmer Fredette autographed T-shirt

•Jimmer Fredette autographed book

•New York Mets Encyclopedia autographed by Jon Matlack, 1972 National League Rookie of the Year

•Bruce Sutter autographed bobble head, 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

•Denny McClean autographed baseball from 1968 when he went 31-6 for the Detroit Tigers

•Goose Gossage autographed baseball, 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

•Lee Mazzilli autographed baseball, played and coached for several teams, including the New York Mets and New York Yankees

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