Grants to complete Bethesda project

Bethesda Home, Goessel, received two matching grants to complete a $30,205 path lighting project for the walking path in the Emma Creek Meadows Retirement Village on the Bethesda campus.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks provided the largest boost toward the completion of this project with an 80/20 matching grant totaling $24,164.

The Wal-Mart Foundation contributed a $1,000 matching grant for the funds raised by the community during an annual benefit meal and talent show event co-sponsored by the Goessel Lions Club and Bethesda Home.

An additional $1,000 was received from the Threshing Days sand volleyball tournament participants and sponsors.

“This is an excellent example of multiple entities working together to complete a community project,” said Jerry Hover, parks division director of KDW&P. “We like to support those kinds of efforts.”

“Wal-Mart Foundation likes to be active in meeting community needs, particularly when various non-profit groups work together,” said Shane Meier of the Newton Wal-Mart Super Center.

The walking path, about 0.4 miles long and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, was constructed in summer 2000 at a cost of $50,000 and made possible by an initial 80/20 matching grant from the KDW&P, of which 20 percent came from various memorial gifts, individual donations and fund-raising events sponsored by Bethesda Home.

“It is very gratifying for Bethesda Home to cooperate with so many organizations and to be able to provide walking path facilities for our residents and for the entire community to enjoy,” said Pete Flaming, director of marketing and development at Bethesda.

“The community has provided such strong support for Bethesda for over 100 years and these paths on our campus are our gift back to the community. We thank everyone who contributed to this major project.”

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