Fundraising specialist joins Pavillon Treatment Center

Published 12:11 pm Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ushering in a greater focus on providing financial aid to those without means to pay for addiction treatment, Pavillon Treatment Center has hired Lynn Killian Neill, an accomplished fundraising professional with more than 30 years of fundraising expertise, as its new director of community relations and development.

Neill, a long time resident of Hendersonville, comes to Pavillon with an extensive background in effective fundraising. She has generated impressive financial support for many organizations including Park Ridge Hospital, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, African Medical Mission, Wake Forest University and United Way of Henderson County.

Prior to providing fundraising consultation to a variety of area non-profit organizations, she was executive director of Park Ridge Hospital Foundation in Fletcher for 13 years. She also served as general manager to the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra for six years and continues to perform with the organization and volunteer.

She has earned the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), which is held by fewer than 5,000 professionals worldwide. Her professional memberships include the North Carolina Council on Planned Giving, the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Along with the board of directors, campaign volunteers and CEO Anne Vance, Neill will direct Pavillons ambitious upcoming capital campaign, its first major fundraising effort since opening in 1996. The Giving Back, Going Forward Campaign to Restore Lives & Rebuild Families will be launched in November.

As an integral part of Pavillons three-year strategic plan, the campaign will provide resources to increase access to addiction treatment, strengthen programs, upgrade clinical treatment areas and enhance campus facilities.

Our goal is to ensure that Pavillons high quality treatment is made accessible to those who need it regardless of financial limitations, Vance explained.&bsp; With objectives such as this, we wanted to bring in someone who could embrace our vision and effectively compel others to support the very important work that we do here to rebuild lives from addiction. We believe with Lynns professional background and sincere enthusiasm, we have such a person.

Neill, along with Laura S. Pocock, will be on the front lines, coordinating all aspects of the campaign. Pocock is also an accomplished fundraising professional with strong ties to Rutherford and Polk counties. She is one of the founders of KidSenses InterActive Childrens Museum, where she served as president for ten years. She joined Pavillon in 2009 as associate director of development, and has been instrumental in garnering additional financial support for the childrens program and the scholarship fund.

For more information, visit www.pavillon.org or phone: 800-392-4808.