At Renaissance Faires, a lot of the workers there do not have health care or cannot afford health care. RESCU Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) that offers direct financial assistance and medical advocacy to festival participants. As a result, it does not matter where in the USA you are and what position you hold at the festival.
RESCU can’t directly cover entire medical bills, but they succeed by connecting the clients with other programs. This type of networking is essential for cases involving hospital stays and procedures.
In the past 12 years RESCU has accomplished so much:
The name “RESCU” stands for: Renaissance Entertainers Services Crafters United.
The pursuit of charity status was completed in 2003 and the RESCU Foundation, Inc. emerged in the spring of 2004 with a plan, a dream, and the endless energy of veteran participants of festivals.
Currently, our Board of Directors allows seats for 15 members, which include actors, artisans, service workers and festival patrons dedicated to the medical health and well-being of our community. The RESCU Foundation, Inc. serves an average of 100 clients a year. With both with negotiating bills and financial assistance, with some cases classified as ongoing. The number of clients assisted has hit the 600 mark, which includes simple medical problems to long-term cases.
To date, RESCU has disbursed over $450,000 worth of medical aid. As a result in the last 4 years, our Advocacy Program has achieved nearly $3 million in medical bill abatement for our applicants.
The Renaissance Faire in Paige and Magnolia are such big parts of our lives, hence this charity has become very dear to our heart.
We want to thank you for your support
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