Groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for tomorrow, May 7. You can watch it here at 3 p.m. ET.
The news broke Sunday in the Dallas Morning News: Dallas is about to get its first American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, thanks to a $7.5 million gift from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife Gene and property donated in Deep Ellum by Baylor Scott & White Health.
Tomorrow, May 7, the Joneses and executives from ACS, Baylor Scott & White, and Baylor’s foundation will turn ceremonial shovels for a $25 million facility that will bear the Gene and Jerry Jones family name. The 40,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to the Baylor University Medical Center campus, and it will house our South Region headquarters, as well.
Scheduled to open in early 2021, the Lodge will include 50 private guest suites, each with two beds and a private bathroom. It will feature common living areas, five kitchen areas, a dining room, a pantry, laundry facilities, a library, a meditation room, and an outdoor healing garden. It is expected to provide more than 18,000 nights of free lodging a year.
Pictured above holding a rendering of the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge, are Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, left, and Jeff Fehlis, our EVP, South Region. The photo is courtesy of Dallas Morning News staff photographer Tom Fox.
The Dallas lodge will be the third in Texas. Lubbock opened in 2010, and Houston, which received $1 million from the Joneses, is scheduled to open next year.
Read the much longer story in the Dallas Morning News. Also, check out the coverage on the local NBC TV website.