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Bethany Life Foundation kicks off ‘Restoring Lives’ fund drive

May 8, 2008
The Daily Freeman Journal
Bethany Life Communities in Story City will soon have a newly renovated unit designed to serve those residents coming to Bethany Manor for short-term skilled care services. Architects Rudi-Lee-Dreyer & Associates, in consultation with Story Construction has designed a renovation plan that will give this unit a ceiling to floor makeover. The "Restoring Lives" Campaign will also support the purchase of new rehabilitative equipment.

Betsy Warburton, president/CEO stated that she is privileged to be part of an organization that strives to provide excellence in care, services, and environments for seniors. Warburton explained that while the renovation will begin on first floor there are plans in place to renovate additional areas of Bethany Manor as funds become available. The total cost of the first phase of the renovation has been estimated at $250,000.

Larry Elphic, Bethany Life's Foundation director reported that the Foundation has moved approximately $50,000 to the organization in starting the renovation process and that he was confident that the remaining $200,000 will be raised by the end of 2008. Elphic stated that there were several dedication opportunities for donors who are able to make major gifts ($5,000-$25,000) to the Campaign. Also, two special events will help support the fundraising efforts, including the Bethany Life annual golf classic and the annual Skunk River Music Festival. Businesses are being approached in supporting these two events.

The decision to renovate Bethany Manor was made by the Bethany Life Board of Directors who provides thoughtful vision and leadership for this organization. Mary Ness, board president, commented that, "Bethany Life continues to be a leader in responding to the needs of our seniors over the years; developing Timberland Village and renovating Cedar Place. Now the time has come to further enhance our competitive edge in serving seniors who are in need of skilled care, memory care and hospice care".

For more information regarding the "Renovating Lives" Campaign, please contact Larry Elphic or Betsy Warburton at 515-733-4325.



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