We know our donors and friends understand the impact the Education and Recreation Center will have on our kids at Cunningham Children’s Home. And because of their support, Cunningham Children’s Home is $500,000 closer to our fundraising goal.
Our supporters responded with great enthusiasm and generosity to the challenge from our former resident who, in October, offered to match every new ERC gift up to $200,000. Many doubled their gifts and encouraged others to make contributions and as a result, he challenge was not only met, it was surpassed! More than $300,000 was raised for the ERC in just three months plus the match by our alum.
“The single greatest thing in my life has been the Cunningham staff and I want kids who are there now to have hope for their future,” our alum said. “That’s why I believe in the ERC.”
Construction on the ERC is moving right along and it’s exciting to know that our dream of providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for our youth will come to fruition when we move into the ERC in January of 2019. Fundraising will continue until we reach our $8.5 million goal. As of the end of 2017, we were 69 percent of the way there.
For more information about making a gift to the ERC, please contact Cunningham Development Officer Tim Manard by phone at 217.337.9071 or by email.