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Mercy Flight raises $240,000 to buy night vision goggles

By THOMAS ADAMS - 8/21/2013 5:03:43 PM

Mercy Flight Central’s recent fundraiser resulted in record contributions of $240,000 for the purchase of night vision goggles, the Canandaigua-based non-profit announced Wednesday.

Area businesses, charitable foundations and hundreds of individual donors responded to the Light Up the Night campaign, Mercy Flight officials said.

The night vision goggles are a lightweight binocular mounted to flight crew helmets and powered by a low-voltage battery pack, at a cost of $11,000 per pair, officials said.

The technology allows the pilot and crew to see objects such as utility lines and poles, trees, fences, towers and people that might not otherwise be seen, representatives said.

Rochester General Health System, the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Davenport-Hatch Foundation Inc. and Constellation Brands Inc. were among the contributors.

“(Night vision goggles) have been a major priority to Mercy Flight Central as these devises improve the safety and response time of each mission,” President and CEO Neil Snedeker said in a statement.

“We are deeply appreciative of the support we’ve enjoyed from across New York State in raising money to help us fund these critically needed tools.”

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