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Home away from home to expand

Gift lets Children’s Hope House add 4 family guest rooms, new amenities

Within the next year, a home for families away from home will be expanding.

Officials with the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House – located on the campus of Lutheran Hospital – announced plans for expansion Monday, thanks to a gift from benefactor Bruce Dye and members of the Mad Anthonys Charity Classic.

Children’s Hope House provides a place to live for families in need throughout the region who may have someone – typically a child – staying at Lutheran Hospital.

While families are encouraged to give $10 to stay at the home, they can stay there for free if they cannot afford the fee.

Currently the house – which was booked full Monday with three families on a waiting list – has six family guest rooms, a living room, a laundry facility and a kitchen.

The expansion will add four extra family rooms, an extra living room, a television lounge, a fitness room and two more laundry rooms.

Dye and Mad Anthonys Charity Classic gave $740,000 to make the expansion possible.

“It’s hard to express the depth of gratitude we have,” said Jim Gill, president of the Hope House foundation, during a get-together with the members of the charity classic Monday.

Officials hope to complete the expansion by September.

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