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Feb 09

THE PENN-MAR FOUNDATION NAMES JULIA HUGGINS AS THE NEWEST MEMBER ON ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

FREELAND, Md. – Feb. 9, 2017 – Penn-Mar Human Services, a recognized leader in providing innovative, quality supports and services to hundreds of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, names Julia Huggins as the newest member on the board of The Penn-Mar Foundation.

 

Julia Huggins is president and general manager of the Mid-Atlantic office of Cigna, overseeing Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. She joined Cigna in 1999, after a 14-year career with Aetna. Under Huggins’ leadership, Cigna has been recognized by the Maryland Health Care Commission for its quality of care and service as the top-performing PPO plan in Maryland. The company also received a Million Hearts recognition from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

 

“We are privileged to have Julia Huggins join The Penn-Mar Foundation board of directors,” says Kathy Rogers, the foundation’s executive director, and Chief Development Officer of Penn-Mar Human Services, headquartered in Freeland, Md. “Her knowledge and wealth of experience in the field of health care is a boon to our mission of providing our most vulnerable citizens the opportunities to live full and inclusive lives in the community.

 

Huggins is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. Named one of The Baltimore Sun’s 25 Women to Watch in 2016, she is an active member of the community, sitting on the boards of the Maryland Business Group on Health, the American Diabetes Association – Maryland Chapter, the American Heart Association –Maryland, and the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE). She also participates in numerous community-sponsored events to promote health and wellbeing that include the American Diabetes Association’s Greater Maryland Tour de Cure, and the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools Training.

 

Huggins resides in Westminster, Md. with her husband and four children.

 

About The Penn-Mar Foundation

The Penn-Mar Foundation supports the work of Penn-Mar Human Services and secures funding for programs and services that create opportunities for employment, community living and education for individuals with disabilities and all who share its vision of transforming life into living.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2017/02/the-penn-mar-foundation-names-julia-huggins-as-the-newest-member-on-its-board-of-directors/

Feb 09

Inclement Weather Announcement for February 10, 2017

Due to concerns on road conditions, today, February 10th, 2017, all transportation routes and both day programs will be operating on a 1 hour delay.  Offices will open on time. All trainings scheduled for this morning will begin at 9am. Thank you for your understanding.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2017/02/inclement-weather-announcement-for-february-9-2017/

Jan 11

25th Annual Black Tie Gala honors Anne and Bob Kinsley

 

FREELAND, Md. — Jan. 11, 2017 – On Saturday, March 4, 2017, more than 500 friends of Penn-Mar Human Services will gather for the nonprofit’s 25th Annual Penn-Mar Black Tie Gala to raise more than half a million dollars in support of hundreds of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania. This year’s milestone gala will honor longtime Penn-Mar supporters Anne and Bob Kinsley, of York, Pa.

 

Held every first Saturday in March during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Penn-Mar’s signature fundraising event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the nonprofits operations and services with a mission to “Transform Life Into Living” for the men and women Penn-Mar serves. The event will be held at The Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Md.

 

This year, Penn-Mar is proud to honor Anne and Bob Kinsley, two outstanding pillars of our community whose philanthropy has benefited Penn-Mar and many other organizations. Bob is Chairman of Kinsley Construction, Inc., which he founded in 1963, and which currently employs a staff in excess of 1300 field employees and 150 management personnel with locations in York and Reading, Pa., Baltimore, Md., and Herndon, Va. Bob is also the managing partner of Kinsley Equities, a real estate development firm with projects throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Anne is involved with Kinsley Properties and Kinsley Management, the leasing and property management division of the Kinsley Organization.

 

The 25th Annual Penn-Mar Black Tie Gala begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a multi-course gourmet dinner with paired wines rated 90-plus from around the world. In addition, the evening will include a spirited live auction to be followed by live music and dancing. This year’s live auction items include tickets to the Masters on a private jet, exclusive waterfowl hunt with legendary guide, Sean Mann, Annapolis boating overnight adventure, and vacation getaways.

 

The Founding Sponsor for this year’s gala is Kinsley Construction, Inc., and other sponsors include Glatfelter Insurance Group, Cigna, New Standard Corporation, as well as Brown Advisory, KELLY, PeoplesBank, and Barley Snyder Attorney at Law.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and individual tickets to the gala are $200. For sponsorship information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.penn-mar.org/blacktie2017, or contact Jackie Summers, Penn-Mar Human Services’ Senior Director of Development, at 410-343-1069 x286 or at jsummers@penn-mar.org.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment  programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2017/01/25th-annual-black-tie-gala-honors-anne-and-bob-kinsley/

Jan 09

Penn-Mar Human Services Receives Largest Single Private Gift: $1.5 Million to Establish Career Initiative Endowment

 

FREELAND, Md. – Jan. 9, 2017 –Penn-Mar Human Services in conjunction with Kay and Jim Pitts, of Naples, Florida, announce their gift of $1.5 million that establishes The Michael James Pitts Endowment for the Advancement of Direct Support Professionals. Their gift recognizes the vital role Direct Support Professionals play in “Transforming Life into Living” for the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who Penn-Mar supports.

 

Penn-Mar Human Services has had a tremendously positive affect on Michael and the Pitts family over the last 9 years. This generous gift establishes an endowment to fund, in perpetuity, Penn-Mar’s newly launched Direct Support Professional Career Ladder initiative. The mentored DSP Credentialing program will improve Penn-Mar’s employee recruitment and retention efforts, and addresses the challenges of an increasingly demanding employment environment that is plagued with high turnover. With this gift The Penn-Mar Foundation has a goal of building the fund to $10 million and will allow Penn-Mar to remain a premier service provider.

 

“We are honored and blessed to receive this transformational gift,” said Gregory T. Miller, Penn-Mar’s president and CEO. “Jim and Kay Pitts exemplify leadership at the highest level and their investment in Penn-Mar is both exciting and humbling. Many lives will be touched in a very positive way because of their generosity.”

 

As a recognized leader in providing quality supports and services for adults with IDD in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Penn-Mar pioneers ground-breaking programs that provide a high quality of life experiences, empower individuals to secure employment, contribute to their communities, build a network of social relationships and create opportunities for life-long learning. Additionally they provide exceptional care for medically involved clients such as Michael who requires 24 hour care. Having knowledgeable, experienced and skilled DSPs ensures that individuals can achieve these outcomes and live meaningful, productive lives.

 

“Direct Support Professionals have been an integral part of Michael’s life for over 30 years,” said Jim Pitts. “These are the individuals that we have trusted to care for his needs over that time. It is our desire to see that this initiative make a difference in the lives of individuals that work and live at Penn-Mar and to set the benchmark for educating and certifying these professionals throughout the country.”

 

About Penn-Mar’s Direct Support Professional Career Ladder Initiative

Penn-Mar’s DSP Career Ladder initiative is a vital component of a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy that involves training, career path and credentialing development and a compensation plan. There is a rigorous standard to be accepted in the program. Performance metrics, along with input from colleagues, individuals and families are taken in to consideration when choosing candidates as well as an evaluation tool for their performance in the future. Candidates need to apply for each of three levels of advancement and meet certain performance standards to be eligible to move on to the next level of the program. The entire process of certification is lengthy and requires a minimum of 100 hours of course work and practicums. The objective measurement of skill demonstration will be completed by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) with whom Penn-Mar is partnering. By developing these standards that lead to professional credentialing and commensurate compensation, Penn-Mar is leading the national efforts to provide high-quality training and opportunities for Direct Support Staff that will ultimately reform the discrepancy between their unique skill sets and insufficient wages.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2017/01/penn-mar-human-services-receives-largest-single-private-gift-1-5-million-to-establish-career-initiative-endowment/

Dec 06

Join Us

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Follow this link for registration details:http://www.penn-mar.org/black-tie-gala/

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/12/black-tie-gala-2017/

Nov 17

FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION

Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Present Inaugural Business Forum

FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION:

What the “inclusion revolution” means for adults with disabilities and the powerful role business leaders play

 

FREELAND, Md. – Nov. 17, 2016 – On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Maryland business leaders and influencers will lead a free public forum and share insights on creating a path to inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities that promotes shared social value and independence.

 

This first-time business forum entitled “From Exclusion to Inclusion: What the ‘inclusion revolution’ means for adults with disabilities and the powerful role business leaders play,” is being organized by Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and hosted by KELLY in Sparks, Md.

 

The forum will be made up of a panel of local Maryland business owners and leaders, including Nalley Fresh founder Greg Nalley; Penn-Mar Foundation Vice-chair and advocate, Anthony Gallo, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Dave Kelly, Chief Organizational Officer, KELLY; and Tim O’Neill, an employee at Bank of America supported by Penn-Mar.

 

Less than a decade ago, most people with disabilities, who had a desire to work, were in “sheltered workshops” producing products for contract work for manufacturers. Most of the individuals made a piece rate or a subminimum hourly rate based on Department of Labor regulations.

 

Four years ago, Penn-Mar Human Services, a recognized leader in providing innovative, quality supports and services to hundreds of individuals with intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, shuttered its sheltered workshop, and initiated its Competitive Integrated Employment program. The program is successfully partnering with numerous Maryland businesses to provide employment in an integrated community setting, enabling individuals to earn a competitive wage, receive benefits equal to the job’s responsibilities and enjoy the satisfaction of working to maximum potential.

 

“There is a painful history for people with disabilities being excluded from society and while we’ve come a long way, there is more to do,” says Gregory Miller, Penn-Mar president and CEO. “Penn-Mar’s guiding beliefs are that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of disability. Inclusion is the ultimate goal because inclusion, interaction and engagement can lead to greater independence. More than exposure or integration, inclusion fosters experiences and interactions that will serve people with disabilities for a lifetime.”

 

FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION: A BUSINESS FORUM

 

What:  Calling on business leaders, owners, administrators and influencers to join Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce in learning more about the talents and incredible work ethic of people with disabilities, and how Penn-Mar can support business initiatives and job creation for people who once felt invisible, but now through inclusion, invincible.

 

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

 

Where: KELLY

1 Kelly Way

Sparks, MD  21152

 

There is no charge to attend the forum, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Kathy Rogers by e-mail at kathyrogers@penn-mar.org, or call 410-343-1069 x227.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org

 

About the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1966, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) strives to promote a diverse, vibrant and sustainable business community across the region. BCCC provides leadership and resources to community leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives, employees and educators, and offers numerous programs and events to help its more than 425 members develop strategic relationships within the business community. www.baltcountycc.com

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/11/from-exclusion-to-inclusion/

Oct 11

NALLEY FRESH FOUNDER GREG NALLEY NAMED TO THE BOARD OF THE PENN-MAR FOUNDATION

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FREELAND, Md. – Oct. 10, 2016 – Penn-Mar Human Services, a recognized leader in providing innovative, quality supports and services to hundreds of individuals with intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, names Greg Nalley as the newest member of the board of The Penn-Mar Foundation.

Greg Nalley, of Baltimore, Md., is the founder of Nalley Fresh, the chef-driven restaurant chain specializing in bowls, wraps and salads. With eight locations in the Baltimore Metro area and northern suburbs of D.C., Nalley Fresh is gearing up to open two new locations in early November. In the past year, Nalley Fresh has partnered with Penn-Mar and its Customized Employment Program to provide job opportunities for individuals with special needs.

“When we established The Penn-Mar Foundation and its board in 1996, we knew that the support, leadership and acumen of the business community would be essential to help drive our transformational mission forward,” says Gregory Miller, Penn-Mar’s president and CEO. “Greg Nalley is a business leader, and we are pleased to announce his nomination to the Penn-Mar Foundation’s board of directors. His role will help ensure that our innovative and pioneering programs continue to enrich the lives of the individuals we serve.”

Originally from South Carolina, Greg Nalley moved to Maryland in 1992 and attended Stratford University’s (formerly the Baltimore International College’s) School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management, where he attained his degree. After 25 years in the restaurant business, he opened his first Nalley Fresh in 2011.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/10/nalley-fresh-founder-greg-nalley-named-to-the-board-of-the-penn-mar-foundation/

Sep 12

Penn-Mar Human Services Launches Major Career Development Initiative for Its Frontline Workforce During National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week Sept. 12 to 16

dsp-marylandproclamationFREELAND, Md. — Sept. 12, 2016 – Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the eyes and ears of the care system – the frontline staff who provide vitally needed life-long care and support to men and women with disabilities.

 

During National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, Sept. 12 to 16, Penn-Mar Human Services is launching its newly developed Direct Support Professional Career Ladder initiative, a DSP Credentialing program that will improve its employee recruitment and retention efforts in order to address the challenges of an increasingly demanding employment environment that is plagued with high turnover.

 

Penn-Mar, a recognized leader in providing quality supports and services to hundreds of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Maryland and Pennsylvania, is partnering with the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to inaugurate its major career development initiative with a class of 26 qualified and deserving DSPs.

 

As a human service provider, Penn-Mar pioneers ground-breaking programs that empower adults with IDD to secure employment, contribute to their communities, build a network of social relationships and create opportunities for life-long learning. The nonprofit has long recognized that having knowledgeable, experienced and skilled DSPs ensures that individuals can achieve these outcomes and live meaningful, productive lives in the community.

 

DSPs act not only as caregivers, but also as teachers, advocates, companions and friends. Even though direct support demands complex skills, independent thinking, ethical judgment and the ability to create long-term relationships of trust and mutual respect, the work of DSPs has not been recognized as a profession by some policy makers. They are neither viewed as the key lynchpin of a system of community services, nor compensated and otherwise supported on par with the importance of the work they do. Despite the critical role they play, their average wage falls behind that of department store, gas station and fast food workers because of a lack of funding at the federal and state levels.

 

“We have seen for some time now that the current instability of the DSP workforce threatens the outcomes for people with disabilities, especially while the demand for additional DSPs is growing exponentially. In short, we’re facing a workforce crisis,” says Gregory T. Miller, Penn-Mar’s president and CEO. It is estimated that 1.6 million new paid DSPs will be needed by 2020 as people with disabilities live longer and the population ages.

 

Direct Support Professional Career Ladder Initiative

Penn-Mar’s DSP Career Ladder initiative is a vital component of a comprehensive recruitment and retention strategy that involves training, career path and credentialing development and a compensation plan. There is a rigorous standard to be accepted in the program. Performance metrics, along with input from colleagues, individuals and families are taken in to consideration when choosing candidates. Candidates need to apply for each of three levels of advancement and meet certain performance standards to be eligible to move on to the next level of the program. The entire process of certification is lengthy and requires a minimum of 100 hours of course work and practicums. The objective measurement of skill demonstration will be completed by the NADSP.

 

In addition to training, compensation is a key factor in recruitment and retention of skilled DSPs.  Approximately one-half of all DSPs nationwide are paid wages that qualify for means-tested benefits such as food stamps and other public programs, and many are working two to three jobs to support themselves and their families. Traditional funding sources do not allow for wages that are commensurate to the demands of the job, and these insufficient wages affect workforce retention and the quality of support provided. Researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers have recommended recruitment, retention, and education strategies to address this critical workforce need, however, they have yet to be sufficiently funded or brought to scale.

 

A compensation plan tied to the credentials and to performance is a critical component of the overall strategy. The bonus for earning the credential is tied to the complexity and effort required to achieve the credential, and bonuses are commensurate with each level to which a DSP advances.

 

By developing these standards that lead to professional credentialing and commensurate compensation, Penn-Mar is leading the national efforts to provide high-quality training and opportunities for Direct Support Staff that will ultimately reform the discrepancy between their unique skill sets and insufficient wages. To support this initiative that has been embraced by families and supporters, Penn-Mar has set up a fund that upon its announcement at the nonprofit’s annual fundraising gala in March, raised $150,000 to fund the first year.

 

We are proud to announce the names of the 26 Penn-Mar DSPs from Maryland and Pennsylvania selected to participate in the DSP Career Ladder Initiative: Rita Arnett, Maricel Border, Abby Brenneman, Andrea Carney, Rebecca Driver, Maria Engler, Alfredo Feliciano, Janness Hagerich, Dolores Haney, Lisa Hartley, Vicki Hineline, Lydia Hurst, Kas Jasinski, Jason Lanius, Gretchyn Lathrop, Gail Leasure, Lisa McEwan, Wilson Mosiori, Lilian Ogembo, Nadine Ritmiller, Patrick Sgro, Deb Stackhouse, Stuart Stoltzfus, Colin VanExcel, Kathleen Waughtel, Roni Wood.

 

For more information about Penn-Mar’s DSP Career Ladder Initiative, contact Penn-Mar’s Chief Development Officer Kathy Rogers, at 410-343-1069 x227, or by e-mail at kathyrogers@penn-mar.org.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/09/penn-mar-human-services-launches-major-career-development-initiative-for-its-frontline-workforce-during-national-direct-support-professional-recognition-week-sept-12-to-16/

Aug 09

Penn-Mar Human Services is increasing the pay rate of most entry level DSP’s to $11.88/hour

Beginning October 1, 2016,  Penn-Mar Human Services is increasing the pay rate of most of our entry level Direct Support Professionals (DSP) to $11.88/hour.  There are many other DSP positions that start even higher. John F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote, “Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability”.  A self-directed and satisfying life for the individuals Penn-Mar supports depends on the strength and professionalism of our DSP’s.  Penn-Mar is pleased to announce this wage increase as part of a comprehensive initiative that provides recognition and wage enhancements for performing this important work.

The pay increase, along with a newly launched  national credentialing program for our DSP’s is part of a broader Penn-Mar initiative to amplify high-quality training and opportunities for DSP’s that will provide ongoing wage enhancements, reward professionalism, and strengthen staff recruitment and retention of our exceptionally talented team members.  This will ultimately result in greater care consistency, providing higher quality lives for the individuals we support.

As an organization that is primarily supported through state and federal funding, Penn-Mar Human Services relies heavily on the generosity of donors to assure that programs such this can be developed and sustained.  The Penn-Mar Foundation is committed to ensuring that critical initiatives like this can move forward as government funding alone is not enough.

Apply to Penn-Mar Human Services here: http://www.penn-mar.org/employment/

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/08/penn-mar-human-services-is-increasing-the-pay-rate-of-most-entry-level-dsps-to-11-88hour/

Jul 27

Penn-Mar Human Services Announces Jonathan R. Kinsley as New Board Chairman

PENN-MAR HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD CHAIRMAN

 

Jonathan R. Kinsley, president and COO of Kinsley Construction, Inc., named board chairman of the Maryland/Pennsylvania nonprofit human service organization


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 FREELAND, Md. – July 20, 2016 – Penn-Mar Human Services names Jonathan R. Kinsley, as the new chairman of its board of directors. As chair, he succeeds Anthony Gallo, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Md., who will remain on as a board member.

Jon Kinsley, of York, Pa., is president and Chief Operating Officer of Kinsley Construction, Inc., a position he has held since 1995. Kinsley Construction, headquartered in York and founded in 1963, has offices in Reading, Pa., the Metro DC area, and in Baltimore and Hagerstown in Md.

“This is a very exciting time in Penn-Mar’s 35-year history,” says Kinsley. “Over the past few years, the organization has been transitioning and leading the way with innovative new programs that are enabling the individuals we serve to expand their work and life experiences out in the community, like never before. Under my chairmanship, we’re going to see this vital transition to completion.”

Penn-Mar, a recognized leader in providing quality supports and services to hundreds of individuals with intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, pioneers ground-breaking programs that empower adults to secure employment, contribute to their communities, build a network of social relationships and create opportunities for life-long learning.

“We are thrilled to have Jon Kinsley head up Penn-Mar’s board of directors,” says Greg Miller, Penn-Mar’s president and CEO, “Jon’s years of dedication to Penn-Mar are matched by his passion to lead the board and advance our strategic goals over the next few years.”

Until his recent election to board chair, Kinsley served as the Penn-Mar board of directors’ vice chairman and prior to that finance chair. He has been a member on Penn-Mar’s board since 2006. Kinsley holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Widener University.

 

About Penn-Mar Human Services

Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.penn-mar.org/2016/07/penn-mar-human-services-announces-jonathan-r-kinsley-as-new-board-chairman/

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