The American Cancer Society has built a number of facilities, known as Hope Lodges, across the country, always in conjunction with a primary cancer hospital, in which cancer patients and their primary care giver can stay while receiving out-patient treatment. The ACS is currently planning to build such a facility in Iowa City, right next to Carver Hawkeye Arena and also next to the Ronald McDonald House. (The Hope Lodges are similar to Ronald McDonald Houses except that the patients they serve are adults, rather than children.) This specific Hope Lodge will be named the Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Russell and Ann Gerdin have donated a significant portion of the funds required for building construction.
The ACS needs to raise $8 Million dollars for this facility. Half of that money is slated for construction cost. The other half will create a permanent endowment to support the operation of the facility. The Masons of Iowa are supporting this effort. They plan to raise $250,000 (or more) over the next three years, through a combination of direct donations and fund raisers.
A Masonic Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for this Hope Lodge is scheduled for August 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM. Please join us for this ceremony. It is our opportunity to demonstrate our support for this wonderful facility.
Details of this Masonic Fundraising effort will be rolled out at Grand Lodge in September.
For more information on the American Cancer Society, click HERE
For more information on the Iowa Hope Lodge, Click HERE.
For more information on the Masonic Fundraising efforts, Click HERE.
The Grand Lodge Ladies are creating and selling a cookbook to support Hope Lodge. For more information on this project, click HERE.