Bethany Life’s Building Tomorrow Campaign Reaches $600,000

Staff Writer
Story City Herald
Bethany Life’s Building Tomorrow Campaign Reaches $600,000

Within one year, Bethany Life Foundation’s Building Tomorrow Campaign has topped the $600,000 mark in its goal of raising a minimum of $750,000 by the end of 2015. The Building Tomorrow initiative is supporting the organization’s $17.5 million renovation of Bethany Manor in Story City, IA. Larry Elphic, VP of Resource Development for Bethany Life commented that, “The response to date has been remarkable. We cannot be more proud of our greater community as they have certainly stepped up in meeting this challenge. If we can meet our goal by the end of 2015, we will be able to complete the project as planned.”

The Building Tomorrow initiative will result in 40,000 square feet of new construction which will house a new rehabilitation center, a new long term care household, and a new “Main Street” which will include a bistro, library, salon, wellness center, community center, gift shop, and much more. Construction will also include the development of several beautiful gardens. Lastly, the existing facilities will experience significant renovations; converting all spaces to smaller, more personal households with beautiful amenities.

Story Construction of Ames, IA is the contract manager for the building project. Mike Espeset, President of Story Construction commented that, “We have a long relationship with Bethany Life and are proud to be closely associated with this ministry. We know that the outcome of this major construction will result in a facility which older adults and their families will enjoy for generations. We thank Bethany Life for their trust in Story Construction.”

Betsy Warburton, President and CEO of Bethany Life comment that, “Phase one of the Building Tomorrow initiative has gone well and we expect our new transitional care center to open in the spring of 2015. We cannot be more excited by the prospect of supporting individuals in this new center who need rehabilitation services after a stay in the hospital. It will be state of the art. Also, I want to thank all of our supporters who have donated to this initiative. We cannot do this without your help. We have been blessed by our community. Thank you.”

The Building Tomorrow Campaign has several naming opportunities for those who make a major gift. You can contact Larry Elphic at 515-5059-3299 or Betsy Warburton at 515-733-4325 to discuss these opportunities.

Bethany Life serves individuals from throughout central Iowa through its full continuum of aging services. To learn more about Bethany Life, please visit