Franke Tobey Jones Receives $1 Million Donation for Tacoma Seniors

We are delighted to announce the generous donation of $1 million from the Whisper Foundation, a legacy of the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation, to our “Campaign for Franke Tobey Jones: Historic past ~ Innovative future.” Thanks to this donation, we are one step closer to reaching the $5 million campaign goal. The campaign is an opportunity for individuals, business partners and other friends in the local community to invest through philanthropic gifts in a new innovative skilled nursing and memory care community, which is currently being constructed on the Franke Tobey Jones senior living campus. The new building is anticipated to open this summer. When complete, the new Franke Tobey Jones Care Center will be home to 43 skilled nursing residents and 28 memory care residents.

Franke Tobey Jones’ mission is to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in the community, and the organization has a rich history and longstanding tradition of meeting community needs. “The new Franke Tobey Jones Care Center is a natural progression for the organization,” states Kelly Merry, Franke Tobey Jones Director of Philanthropy. “The needs of seniors are changing and the number of seniors in Tacoma is increasing. Our seniors need a new state-of-the-art skilled nursing and memory care community in Tacoma. The Campaign for FTJ: Historic Past ~ Innovative Future, is supporting the essential tenets of the care we provide: Dignity, Community, Innovation.”

The Whisper Foundation, a legacy of The Gary E Milgard Family Foundation (formed in 2001), is committed to supporting the work of organizations that serve our communities. They look for well managed non-profit projects and programs that focus primarily on the health and betterment of Pierce County. Grants are then awarded to organizations that work to improve quality of life and impact a positive change.

The Campaign for FTJ: Historic Past ~ Innovative Future, was launched in the fall of 2017, and is being chaired by Franke Tobey Jones resident Dr. Phil Phibbs. “This is our first ever Capital Campaign and will help support this much needed, innovative health care center for local seniors,” says Dr. Phibbs. “As a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that serves our immediate and greater community, this capital campaign will help support a portion of the project’s expenses.”

The campaign goal is $5 million. Other members of the committee include resident Don Franklin; former Franke Tobey Jones Board Member and now resident Phyllis Gill; former Franke Tobey Jones Board Member Nancy Gee Locke; and former resident family member Ann Zenczak.

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