Businessman gives $800K to Annandale Village

SUWANEE — In what Annandale Village officials called a “transformative gift,” the Suwanee nonprofit organization for people with developmental disabilities announced on Wednesday a six-figure donation to its capital campaign.

Steve Keadle, a Thomaston businessman and President/CEO of Keadle Lumber Enterprises, gave $800,000 to launch the second phase of Annandale’s “Help for today, hope for tomorrow” campaign to expand the services for people who have experienced a traumatic brain injury.

“This historic gift holds the promise to change lives,” Adam Pomeranz, Chief Executive Officer of Annandale Village said in a news release. “I view the Keadle family as our partners. They have been extraordinary in their generosity and understanding of our vision for the future. They’re very special.”

Keadle’s brother, Keith is a resident at Annandale, and the gift will help build a new transitional care facility called The Keith Keadle Center for Continued Care.

Steve Keadle, who serves on local boards for those who developmental disabilities in Upson County, is also managing general partner of Keadle Land Company, LLLP.

“As the brother of an individual with a developmental disability, I have seen firsthand the extraordinary impact and the quality of care and service that Annandale provides to its clients,” Steve Keadle said in a news release. “We are tremendously impressed by their entire team, and how they selflessly dedicate themselves to doing everything they can to allow their clients an opportunity to lead lives that reflect quality, value, self-worth, and achievement.”

Annandale set a $4 million goal when it launched the three-year campaign in November, 2011, and raised $2.4 million to reach its initial goal in 16 months. Gifts of $400,000 from the Scott Hudgens Family Foundation and $250,000 from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation were among the major donations received.

As part of the campaign, Annandale has built the Amy Somers Center for Continued Care, an 18-bed, 9,000-square foot transitional care facility, and renovated and expanded the Laura Grier Center for Special Care.

The organization also upgraded its technology infrastructure and systems, and is renovating the Jackson Day House.