Celebrate Earth Day…Help plant community garden

Celebrate Earth Day…Help plant community garden


In celebration of Crusader Clinic’s 30th anniversary year, the Crusaders Health Foundation is launching a campaign to develop a West State Street community garden. “Muldoon Grove” will bloom on the site of Muldoon High School’s former convent, which was Crusader Clinic’s home from 1972-1989. Crusader Clinic currently occupies the former Muldoon High School building at 1200 W. State St., Rockford.

“This ‘evergreen’ site is a tangible symbol of Crusader Clinic’s long-term commitment to Rockford’s west side as well as its commitment to providing access to health care for those in need throughout our community,” says Will Rodgers, president & CEO, Crusader Clinic.

Imagine a park-like setting with perennial flowers, trees, green space, paved walkways, bushes and seating areas. This “evergreen” site will be a visible symbol of Crusader’s long-term commitment to Rockford’s west side as well as its commitment to providing access to health care for those in need. With community donations and proper planning, Muldoon Grove, designed by John Cook, landscape architect, will be a refreshing oasis, serving as a natural and inviting gateway to downtown Rockford.

Crusader Clinic invites community members, businesses, Muldoon alums and other friends of Crusader Clinic to support this pivotal West State Street beautification project. Gifts of $50 and $100 will purchase an attractive paving brick for the garden walkway. All bricks will be engraved with the donor’s name or the name of a loved one, business or organization designated by the donor.

Consider purchasing a brick as a surprise Mother’s Day gift, or to mark a birthday, anniversary or another special occasion. Or you may wish to make a gift in memory or in honor of “that special someone,” a family member, or to simply congratulate Crusader Clinic on this 30th anniversary milestone. In addition, special naming opportunities are available at various levels from $300 to $5,000, for specific landscape features such as trees, benches, lamp posts and gardens spots.

Donations received to date: Ms. Catherine Cebas; Community Foundation of Northern Illinois; Mr. & Mrs. Richard Martin; OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center; Rockford Area Gardeners of America; Rockford Area Arts Council; Rockford Garden Club; Rockford Park District; Smith Charitable Foundation; Ms. Betty J. Solar; US Bank and Jean S. Adams Trust.

With the support from the Rockford Area Arts Council, artist Ed Riddle has designed a special sculpture, “Reaching Out with Heart in Hand,” that will be the garden centerpiece.

You can help support this special project. A brick, tree or special area in this permanent garden can be a unique part of your lasting legacy to our community. For more information, call Linda Niemiec, CFRE, vice president, Development, (815) 490-1621 or via e-mail: lniemiec_ccca@yahoo.com.

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