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Yakima hospice close to $1 million goal

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Fundraising efforts to build a new hospice in Yakima are close to reaching a goal of a million dollars.

Donations have been pouring in for the Cottage in the Meadows capital campaign through Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's Memorial Foundation.

Cottage in the Meadows is a 20 bed hospice facility that will be built across from Randall Park on 48th Avenue.

The Memorial Foundation had received $1 million in matching funds from Art and Joanne Hall's Fairweather Foundation.

Dr. Tim Melhorn of the capital campaign steering committee says they're already at 95-percent to reaching their year-end goal of $1 million. "and the knowledge of that grant and the ability to leverage one's gift, and have it match dollar for dollar has been a tremendous incentive," added Dr. Melhorn.

Once the capital campaign reaches their match fund goal, Dr. Melhorn says they'll need to raise another $500,000 so they can begin on the construction phase of the facility. He says construction could start as early as 2011.

If you would like more information on Cottage in the Meadows or make a donation towards the capital campaign, click on the Memorial Foundation link: http://www.memfound.org.

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