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Maryhurst celebrates campus expansion

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Exterior drawing of the new cottages at Maryhurst. Exterior drawing of the new cottages at Maryhurst.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson
Valle Jones standing at podium. Valle Jones standing at podium.
The groundbreaking ceremony The groundbreaking ceremony

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On its 170th anniversary, staff at Kentucky's oldest child welfare agency celebrated the occasion with a ceremonial groundbreaking on a campus expansion.

City and state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, turned out Tuesday morning to break ground on one of two new cottages on the Maryhurst campus.

"If people will take the time and engage and get into the arena of support and volunteerism with this organization," began Lt. Gov. Abramson, "it can do even more over the next 170 years than the first 170 years."

In 2012, Maryhurst staff launched a multi-million Stand Up For Girls Campaign to raise $10 million over three years to fund the following areas of need: $4.5 million for capital, $4.5 million for programs, and $1 million for endowment.

According to Maryhurst board member Valle Jones, about half of the campaign goal of $10 million has been raised.

"{We} have secured all the funds needed for the first cottage," said Jones. "We are in the process of raising funds for the second cottage as well as for our outdoor education and site improvements."

Jones went on to declare the second cottage will be named "Madeline's Cottage" in honor of Madeline Abramson, a long-time board member and Maryhurst advocate.

Maryhurst staff expects to have enough funds in place to begin work on both cottages by April of next year. Once complete, the cottages will feature residential space capable of housing 14 girls.

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