FISHER HOUSE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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At its Annual Meeting, Fisher House Southern California, Inc. President Steve Kuykendall announced that the organization had not only reached, but significantly surpassed, its goal of $6 million to build a Fisher House on the campus of the Long Beach VA Medical Center. "I am proud to tell all our friends and supporters that their generosity these last couple of years has enabled us to raise a grand total of $6.5 million to build our Long Beach Fisher House."
Due to the promising progress of the Campaign last year, in October 2015 a groundbreaking was held to begin construction on the House. "When we broke ground," Kuykendall said, "we still had about $500,000 to go to reach our goal. In the six months since the groundbreaking we have seen an outpouring of support that has gotten us over the top. We are especially grateful for significant six-figure grants from the County of Los Angeles through the efforts of Supervisor Don Knabe, California Veterans Charity Fund, the family of Sue L. Nguyen and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, which enabled us to reach and then to significantly exceed our goal."
It was about a year ago, when the Fisher House campaign still had about $1 million to raise to reach its $6 million goal. The Fisher House Southern California, Inc. Board of Directors formed a Campaign Completion Committee, under the leadership of Terry Geiling and Steve Keesal, to raise the remaining funds. "Needless to say, the committee did its job, and then some," said Kuykendall enthusiastically, "since they raised more than $1 million in the final year of the Campaign." Members of the Campaign Completion Committee included Kuykendall, John Di Carlo, Gary Hopkins, Adriana Lanting, Liz Lucas, Pam Luckey, Greg and Val Owen, Ray Sanford, Dave Shlemmer, Mort Stuhlbarg, and John Wagner.
The Long Beach Fisher House, which will provide a home away from home for military families, free of charge, while their loved ones are being treated at the VA Medical Center, is scheduled to be completed later this summer.
May 30, 2016