Cedar Rapids (News Release)--St. Luke's Health Care Foundation recently crossed its original $4.2 million goal for St. Luke's Child Protection Center, thanks to a gift from an anonymous donor.
"The Don't Turn Away campaign started with a very generous gift from an anonymous donor, so it is appropriate that a new angel again steps forward to push us past our goal," said St. Luke's President & CEO Ted Townsend.
The effort, which started in the spring of 2007, was initiated to raise $2.2 million for the purchase and renovation of a new facility and $2 million to establish a permanent endowment. As of Jan. 31, donations totaling over $4.5 million had been secured. The new facility opened in August.
St. Luke's Health Care Foundation President Shannon Duval is quick to point out that the important work of the Child Protection Center continues, as does its needs.
"While the fund raising effort has secured a $2-plus million endowment for the center, it would take a $10 million endowment to completely fund its operations," said Duval. "It is important that we continue to seek gifts to support the center's efforts to protect children."
Child Protection Center Director Sue Tesdahl says she is thrilled with the gift and the new facility.
"The new building has made such a difference for the children we serve," Tesdahl said. "When they come into the building and see the murals, all the toys in the reception area and the salt water aquarium, smiles light up their faces. Those smiles were made possible by all of the generous gifts we received as part of this fund raising effort. We are so grateful to all of the donors who support our kids."
The Child Protection Center serves children from 50 of Iowa's 99 counties. The staff at the center works with law enforcement officers and the Department of Human Services to determine if child abuse has occurred, to develop a plan of action to protect the child from future abuse and to get the child and family members into appropriate counseling. They also work with law enforcement officers to hold the perpetrator accountable.