SOURCE: Gilda's Club Twin Cities

Gilda's Club Twin Cities

February 20, 2012 09:00 ET

Gilda's Club, a Cancer Support Community, to Open in the Twin Cities in 2012

"Clubhouse" Location Purchased to Provide Comprehensive Support Program for People Affected by Cancer to Ensure No One Faces Cancer Alone

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - Feb 20, 2012) - Gilda's Club Twin Cities (GCTC) announced today that it has purchased the building that will become its future "clubhouse." GCTC, a nonprofit organization, will provide residents of the Twin Cities metro area living with cancer with customized emotional, social and psychological support. The clubhouse will be an essential element of its comprehensive cancer support program by providing a non-clinical, healing and home-like environment.

The Clubhouse
"Four out of five people will be affected by cancer, either through their own diagnosis or that of a loved one," said Michelle Silverman, executive director of GCTC. "According to a Mayo study, cancer patients and their families spend 30 percent of their time in medical treatments and 70 percent of the time they are alone to deal with the psychological issues around cancer." Silverman went on to say, "Of people living with cancer, 80 percent have limited access to psychosocial support services because of cost, difficulty in accessing fragmented or limited support programs and lack of awareness. The purchase of the future home of GCTC is a critical milestone in our ability to fill this gap in the Twin Cities."

The clubhouse will be available for everyone living with cancer -- men, women, teens and children, along with their families and friends. The Gilda's Club nationally acclaimed program -- where "members" actually play a central role in shaping the day-to-day activities -- includes support groups, education, healthy lifestyle programs, social opportunities, and information and referral. All activities are facilitated by licensed professionals, and services are provided at no cost.

The 7,300-square-foot building, located at 10560 Wayzata Boulevard, sits on the western side of Minneapolis near the intersection of Hopkins Crossroad and 394. It is ideally located, with no one in the Twin Cities metro area more than approximately 30 minutes away.

"Finding our clubhouse has been a true community effort," Silverman said. The search and acquisition of the building was conducted by a volunteer group of Twin Cities-based real estate professionals, including brokers, property managers, architects, lawyers, engineers and consultants led by Eva Stevens, executive vice president, Asset Management for United Properties and vice chair of the GCTC board.

"GCTC will be a place where people and their networks can feel connected, gain confidence around a cancer diagnosis and share their experiences in a unique surrounding. I look forward to when our Twin Cities clubhouse is available and our members' needs are being met," Stevens said.

The next step is for GCTC to begin to renovate and furnish the building with an anticipated opening in the latter half of 2012. Reflecting its charter to be involved in the community, GCTC has engaged a team of local experts to incorporate architecture practices that combine art, nature and sustainable design with the goal of creating the optimal healing and supportive environment for people with cancer and their loved ones.

Gilda's Club Twin Cities will partner with the area's medical professional and institutions and other Minnesota-based cancer organizations to reach as many people as possible affected by cancer. Based on experiences in similar metropolitan communities, GCTC expects as many as 17,000 annual visits to this Gilda's Club.

The Financing
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank financed GCTC's building purchase through its small business banking group. The relationship between the bank and GCTC was formed years ago by Patty Gnetz, a senior vice president in the commercial real estate group at U.S. Bank, who serves on the GCTC board of directors.

U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis is a vocal advocate for cancer research and support. He co-chaired the CEOs Against Cancer National Meeting in Minneapolis last year, calling for companies and executives to take an active role in battling the disease.

"Working with organizations like GCTC to help them fulfill their missions is what we do every day at U.S. Bank," said Craig Veurink, U.S. Bank's regional business banking manager for the Twin Cities. "We are proud to have a hand in bringing Gilda's to the Twin Cities and are excited about the positive impact the organization will have on our community for years to come."

In addition to GCTC's building loan with U.S. Bank, the nonprofit has selected U.S. Bank as its bank of choice for all accounts.

The Capital Campaign
To date, Gilda's Club Twin Cities has raised $1.4 million in gifts and pledges toward a capital campaign fundraising goal of $3.0 million, with over $1.0 million raised in the last 12 months. The $3.0 million campaign will fund the building down payment, renovation and furnishing, pre-opening program expenses and the early stages of a reserve fund to sustain operations.

About Gilda's Club Twin Cities
Gilda's Club Twin Cities (GCTC) will be a cancer support community located in Minnetonka, Minn. for anyone whose lives have been touched by cancer -- men, women and children, and their families and friends -- at any stage of the cancer experience. As part of an international network, the Cancer Support Community, Gilda's Club Twin Cities will offer a comprehensive program of education, social activities, and support and networking groups as an essential supplement to medical care. Named after comedian Gilda Radner, who died of cancer in 1989, the first clubhouse opened in New York City in 1995 by her family and friends. For more information, visit www.gildasclubtwincities.org.

About the Cancer Support Community
Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer. The largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, the organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services. Because no cancer care plan is complete without emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community has a vibrant network of community-based centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals. For more information, visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org.

Contact Information

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    Gilda's Club Twin Cities
    Laurie Walker
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    612-718-4125

    Padilla Speer Beardsley
    Dani Litt
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    612-455-1726