Soaring Beyond Campaign Reaches Completion

Tanager Place is happy to announce the Soaring Beyond capital campaign has successfully raised $6.6 million to fund the purchase and renovation of its Tanager Place Behavioral Health Clinic, located at 1030 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. This expansion enables Tanager Place to provide high demand services for twice as many children in need of mental health services in Eastern Iowa than its previous location on C St.

Tanager Place has been helping children and families dealing with mental illness since 1879. For over a century, Tanager Place has allowed children to rise above the challenges of mental illness.

Lead contributors include The Hall-Perrine Foundation with its $1.5 million challenge donation, CRST International, John & Cindy Bloomhall, Roy J. Carver Charitable Foundation, Aegon Transamerica Foundation, Nan and Wayne Kocourek and Mike & Lisa McGrath.  Of all community contributors, 74 donors gave $15,000 or more in leadership gifts and 222 donors gave major gifts to complete the campaign.

The Tanager Place staff and leadership boards also played a key financial role in exceeding the capital campaign’s $6.5 million goal. With 100 percent involvement from the Board of Directors, Foundation and Emeritus Boards, Tanager Place’s leadership donated $1.3 million while the Tanager Place staff gave $50,000.

Okpara Rice, Tanager Place CEO, said, “Tanager Place has a diverse team of professionals that are committed to helping kids and families soar beyond a diagnosis. The funds raised through the Soaring Beyond campaign allow Tanager Place to reach twice as many children and families across the state who are suffering from mental illness and behavioral challenges.”

The completion of the Soaring Beyond capital campaign allows Tanager Place to help the one out of five children diagnosed with a treatable mental illness in Eastern Iowa. This expansion creates increased access to quality care for our community’s children at a new outpatient location in the Eastern Iowa MedQuarter Regional Medical District. This new location will provide an integrated health environment, enhances collaboration opportunities between primary medical care and behavioral health care.

The new outpatient clinic is also home to Tanager Place’s Autism Treatment Center, the only regional clinic to offer a comprehensive program for the 1 in 68 children on the autism spectrum.

Co-chairs Lisa McGrath and Duane Smith led the campaign. “We recently celebrated Thanksgiving and we’re very thankful for the donors, volunteers and all involved for giving the community this wonderful Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic,” said McGrath.

Smith added, “Heading into the new year, Tanager Place celebrates the generosity of this community and looks forward to people’s continued operational support of this clinic and all the services we offer.”

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