New York, NY—Rehabilitation Through Photography (RTP) kicked off its annual fundraising drive with a raffle at PhotoPlus Expo, which took place October 27-29, 2011 at Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
RTP is celebrating 70 years of “helping transform lives through the power of photography.” In 1941, it was created to help returning veterans, but the goal today has expanded to provide photography instruction and programs to veterans, the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, the economically disadvantaged, the homeless, the visually impaired and other special needs population.
Fifteen photo manufacturers and distributors rallied together to donate over $5,000 of equipment and software to this important annual appeal. These companies are: Digital Photo Academy, Eastman Kodak, Fujifilm North America, International Center for Photography, Lowepro, MyPix2Canvas.com, Nik Software, Nikon Inc., Olympus Imaging America, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas, Sigma Corporation, Tamron USA, MAC Group, The Tiffen Company, and Western Digital.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography partners with public and private organizations across the New York metropolitan area to create programs and procure equipment and supplies and train instructors. Some of the organizations supported by RTP include: ABBR, Arts & Media Preparatory Academy, Block Institute, Children’s Village, Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, Encore 49 Residence, Jewish Home & Hospital, Land Gallery, Millenium High School, Pathways To Housing, Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children, STARR, Inc. RTP is entirely supported by tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and is a registered 5013C charitable organization. rtphoto.org