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Charlie and Jeff Raise Bucks for Grace Village

May 14, 2004

Tonight Sharon played 90 minutes of background music for a prime rib dinner for about 70 invited guests to an endowment fund raiser for Grace Village, the Grace Brethren retirement complex on Wooster Road here in Winona Lake

Charlie Turner–former Executive Director of BMH — was the featured speaker and he explained that many GV residents are on Medicaid (more than 40%) and their actual cost is not covered by fees paid. So the goal is to raise $500,000 as an endowment, to kick off about $25,000 per year in interest to help subsidize those who may have run out of funds but want to stay in the Village.

Charlie also detailed the diagnosis and decline of his wife, June, from Parkinson’s disease, and gave liberal credit to the fine care she received at Grace Village toward the end of her life.

Another former BMH Executive Director, Jeff Carroll, is now heading up Grace Village and introduced Charlie as his mentor. A popular young-men’s quartet from Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church sang.


This afternoon brought the delivery of 15,000 copies of an eight-page four-color tabloid newspaper which will be distributed in the “blitz” of Brethren National Youth Conference in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, the third week of July.

It was printed and produced by the same organization that prints FGBC World–Shalom Foundation in Harrisonburg, Virginia–and it includes five pages of value-laden “boilerplate” material and three pages of customized information. It includes an article on how to talk with your teenagers by Robert Cover, Sr., an article on who these 2,500 teens are and why they’re in LaCrosse this week in July, and several pieces explaining the Brethren Statement of Faith and how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Because of the way we produced it, the paper cost less than 14 cents each, and hopefully it will enable the BNYC teens to leave something of value in the hands of LaCrosse/Onalaska residents this summer. Viki Rife was the editor who pulled together the content. More info on BNYC at