We closed Thursday on the building at 75 Elizabeth Avenue in Fenton, Missouri that will become "The Bunny House." This is momentous; owning a building means that our rescues will have a secure future and we can continue to engage in rescue and adoption; owning a building means that you youngsters will be able to continue the mission when we seniors relinquish our leadership roles.
Acquiring the building would not have happened without your donations that supplemented our savings to pay the down payment, closing costs, inspection and permit fees. It would not have happened if we did not have a leader like Joy Gioia who has been a "whirling top" since our board of directors decided Jan. 6 to attempt to acquire a building. It would not have happened without the essential help of Doug Loveall, our member and Remax broker; Ben Kelley, vice president of US Bank who arranged our loan; and Steve Souder, our member, general contractor and owner of Full Circle Design Works, who has been advising us.
Join us to preview the building and rejoice! Drop by anytime between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17. From I-44 west, take exit #272 for Hwy. 141, turn left at the light on Hwy. 141 south, turn right at the light on Centurion, turn right on Majestic, turn left on Elizabeth, drive to the end and into the parking lot.
We will explain our vision of what the empty building will become. Then, with your help, we will work together over the next several weeks to prepare for the final step - moving our rescues into their new home. The building is in wonderful condition; the only defect was the lack of venting in the roof and we will remedy that. We will develop a work schedule to give the interior a good cleaning, painting, seal grout in the ceramic tile floor, prepare structures to hold crates to house the bunnies. We are working on trying to get materials donated by businesses. One of our first projects will be to move everything from the two storage lockers that we are renting so we don't have to make a rent payment on Sept. 1.
We are working to get appliances donated by businesses, but if anyone has a used, white, electric range for the kitchen, please tell Pat Daly: email@example.com She will measure the space for a range. Also, we need to build a privacy fence around a dumpster. If you think we can do that ourselves, let Pat know.
You helped us take the first step to acquire a building and you deserve great praise. We will walk together in the future as we set out to fulfill the dream.
Bless You And Our Beloved Bunnies!
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