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FAITH’S LODGE ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES
New Board Chair and Executive Director to build on charity’s meaningful legacy
MINNEAPOLIS – Dec. 1, 2012 – Faith’s Lodge, a respite for those who have recently lost a child or have a child with a serious illness, made two major changes to the leadership of the organization. Founders Mark and Susan Lacek announced Jadin Bragg, an active board member since 2007, as the new Board Chair, and Kelly McDyre as the new Executive Director.
Bragg and McDyre are dedicated to taking Faith’s Lodge to another level. This includes raising regional awareness of the organization and embarking on a long-term capital campaign.
Bragg, a CPA and partner at Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co., assumes the Board Chair position from Mark Lacek and is scheduled to serve a term of three years.
“Jadin’s depth serving business clients with strategic business advice is important in leading Faith’s Lodge in the next phase of our development,” said Mark Lacek, who will now serve as vice-chair. “His commitment and passion through his years of service as a board member made him a clear choice to lead the organization. Faith’s Lodge remains close to our hearts; it was important to find the right person to own the leadership role.”
McDyre comes to Faith’s Lodge from a marketing and communications background and previously served as the Executive Director of the Harmon Killebrew Foundation.
“Kelly brings a wealth of non-profit experience, a meaningful connection to the organization and just the right balance of corporate experience,” said Bragg. “We feel fortunate to have her talents as we bring Faith’s Lodge into the future.”
Both Bragg and McDyre are graduates of the University of St. Thomas and will operate out of the Minneapolis area.
About Faith’s Lodge
Faith’s Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. The year-round retreat in Danbury, Wis., provides a peaceful escape for families from across the United States to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing. For programming schedule and more information, visit www.faithslodge.org.
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Restore the Hope Open House: Help Faith’s Lodge Replant and RecoverState Farm Donates $10,000 to Help Replant Trees
WHO: Faith’s Lodge guests, supporters, friends and families WHAT: People are invited to help Restore the Hope at Faith’s Lodge by purchasing and planting a tree in honor or in memory of a special child in their life. A devastating storm hit Faith’s Lodge on July 1, 2011. The main building, housing a resource library and gathering spaces, suffered only minor damage. But the surrounding 80 acres, providing families with plentiful paths and quiet spaces to reflect, grieve and heal, were wiped out. Thousands of trees need to be planted on the grounds this fall and next spring to begin restoring the peace and serenity that Faith’s Lodge offers its guests.
State Farm will kick off the tree replanting effort with a $10,000 grant to be presented Saturday by Agent Corey Arnold. “The grant reflects the State Farm commitment to helping people recover from the unexpected,” said Elizabeth Tharp, Vice President State Farm for Wisconsin. “The storm damage at Faith’s Lodge was a terrible loss. We’re pleased to help restore this special place for families seeking peace.”
Note to reporters – Excellent photo opportunity as Faith’s Lodge supporters dig holes for new trees and plant new trees as well as help clear brush etc. on Faith’s Lodge property. Many past Faith’s Lodge families will be there planting trees in memory or honor of their children.
WHEN: Saturday September 17, 20119 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT – Pancake Breakfast11:30 – Opening Ceremony at Faith’s Lodge Island
WHERE: Faith’s Lodge (about two hours from the Twin Cities and about one hour from Duluth) 6942 County Road C, Danbury, WI 54830
ABOUT FAITH’S LODGE: Faith’s Lodge provides a place where parents and families facing the serious illness or death of a child can retreat to reflect on the past, renew strength for the present, and build hope for the future. Faith’s Lodge provides a peaceful escape for families to refresh their minds and spirits while spending time with others who understand what they are experiencing. Prior to the July 1 storm, the Northwoods setting of Faith’s Lodge was a large part of that peaceful experience. Now, Faith’s Lodge is beginning in the process of Restoring the Hope to the grounds and trails. www.faithslodge.org