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December 12, 2013: PLACES to Build 25th Anniversary Commemorative Walkway

In honor of its 25th anniversary, PLACES will build a commemorative walkway at Gascho Gardens, the 12-bed PLACES Residential Adult Care Facility on Dayton’s east side.

The fundraiser will benefit the Heart and Home Legacy Society, the PLACES endowment fund established through The Dayton Foundation.

Gascho Gardens is still home for two of the original 12 PLACES residents, who began receiving housing and supportive services in 1988, the year PLACES was incorporated. Initially, these residents lived in four apartments at Lexington Lodge until they were relocated to Gascho Gardens in 1994.

Friends of PLACES can purchase a personalized, engraved paver in either an 8"x8" or 4"x8" size for a $250 or $100 donation, respectively, to the Heart and Home Legacy Society.

“Giving to the Heart and Home Legacy Society helps to protect the future for our residents, clients and tenants and ensure that our quality programs are unaffected by government budget cuts,” said Roy Craig, executive director of PLACES. “Our ultimate goal at PLACES is to reduce our dependence on public funding over time.”

The commemorative walkway at Gascho Gardens will feature laser-engraved, red clay pavers so PLACES residents can walk safely from the front door of their home to green space and a picnic area in the yard.

The new 300-square-foot walkway, to be constructed with approximately 800 to 1,000 engraved pavers, will replace the home’s original concrete walkway built in 1955. “Consider having your name, your family members’ names or the name of a loved one engraved on your paver, which will become part of our permanent, commemorative walkway,” Craig said.

Other planned improvements at Gascho Gardens include a flowerbed with daylilies, lilacs and green velvet boxwood; a new concrete porch; and a new concrete pad in the picnic area.

PLACES is a 501(c)(3) organization, so contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information, visit

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