More than 225 friends, donors, and neighbors joined together at the recent Cottage in the Meadow site to celebrate the commencement of construction. Everyone enjoyed themselves as they were welcomed by dignitaries and given an update on Cottage by Dr. Tim Melhorn, chair of the Hospice Steering Committee. The ceremony concluded as chaplain Laurie Oswalt encouraged attendees to make a wish and place a special rock in a decorative garden fountain that will grace the grounds upon completion. As the ceremony ended the traditional first shovel of dirt was turned over by Bill Dolsen, chair of Memorial Hospital Trustees and Bill Wheeler, chair of The Memorial Foundation Board. Heavy construction equipment was then “fired up” and the real digging began. Follow the progress of construction at www.yakimahospice.org.
Several named gift opportunities still exist at Cottage in the Meadow. Those wishing to have part in the Cottage project are urged to contact Anne Caffery or Mark Young at The Memorial Foundation at 509-576-5794 or www.memfound.org.