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Eric Ottinger, above left, president of the Mad Anthonys, and Jim Gill, president of Children’s Hope House, unveil plans for the home, at left.

Home away from home to expand

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

Photo by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Photos by Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
A bulletin board at Children’s Hope House shows a few of the young clients who have benefited from the hospitality. The house provides low-cost lodging for the families of patients at Lutheran Hospital.

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.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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