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Dennis Anderson Donates $15,000 to the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign

November 2, 2016

Dennis Anderson of Grinnell has donated $15,000 in memory of his late wife, Darlene, to the St. Francis Manor Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, towards construction of the Hammond Center for Assisted Living community on the St. Francis Manor campus.

“We are very grateful to Dennis for his generous donation,” said Dion Schrack, Executive Administrator of St. Francis Manor.  “It’s great to see Dennis and other donors interested in creating a legacy of care for those currently in need, as well as for future generations, by supporting this important community project.”

The proposed Hammond Center will be a two-story 20-unit assisted living community on the east side of St. Francis Manor, connecting to the 10-plex apartments and Administration wing.  Named in honor of Montie and Betty Hammond, the new Hammond Center for Assisted Living will help meet the current shortage of available assisted living units in the greater Poweshiek County area.  St. Francis Manor was awarded a $3.5 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) this summer and is currently working on the pre-bidding requirements. The 5-year $1.25 million capital campaign has already raised $426,000 towards its initial fundraising goal of $500,000 to begin construction. St. Francis expects construction to begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed in early 2018.

“Additional gifts and pledges of any amount are needed and appreciated to help us move forward on this important project for the greater Poweshiek County area,” said Mindy Van Dyke, Director of Development for St. Francis Manor. “We are extremely grateful to more than 340 donors who have already supported this project. The great news is we need less than $74,000 to reach our Phase 1 goal of $500,000 in cash gifts.”

Checks to benefit the Hammond Center for Assisted Living Building Campaign should be made payable to the “St. Francis Manor Foundation” and dropped off or mailed to 2021 4th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112. All gifts made to the Foundation are tax deductible as permitted by law. Individuals age 70½ or older with an IRA can also avoid paying income taxes on their required minimum distribution by donating directly to the St. Francis Manor Foundation. For more information about this project or other giving options, contact Mindy Van Dyke at 641-990-1381 or Dion Schrack at 641-236-7592.

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