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Easterseals Receives $1 Million Donation from Respected Community Leader Retired Major General Carl H. McNair

WASHINGTON, DC – Easterseals DC MD VA received $1 million from retired Major General Carl H. McNair, Jr., USA (Ret.) to support the All Thrive Campaign, which aims to grow all Easterseals programs that benefit children, adults, veterans and their families living with disabilities or special needs.

McNair and his late wife Jo Ann McNair have been valued members of the Easterseals family for more than 20 years. Their support of Easterseals and their commitment to support individuals with disabilities and special needs have helped families throughout the region thrive.

“My beloved wife Jo Ann was severely disabled for almost 33 years. However, through it all she stayed by my side for decades as we tried to help those who lived with disabilities or special needs however best we could,” said retired Major General Carl H. McNair. “Easterseals has always had a warm place in our hearts.”

For more than three decades, the McNairs worked side by side to raise funds for Easterseals critical programs and services through telethons, the Advocacy Awards dinners and special events. Maj. Gen. McNair has also provided great insight and leadership as a member of the Easterseals Board of Directors for many years, and he continues to share his knowledge and guidance as an Emeritus Board member.

To honor the McNairs for their commitment to helping members of the community reach their greatest potential, Easterseals has named its child development center in Northern Virginia “The Jo Ann and Carl McNair Community Child Development Center”. Easterseals hosted a special dedication ceremony on June 12 at the center to unveil the new name to the community.

Located in Falls Church, The Jo Ann and Carl McNair Community Child Development Center has been serving the community for over 40 years. In November 2013, it moved to its newly-built location, a state-of-the-art, environmentally green center that could serve up to 162 children with and without disabilities from six weeks to kindergarten. The center provides early identification and intervention services to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.


Easterseals DC MD VA – For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. www.eseal.org

Contact: Amy Cress

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