Wednesday, January 12, 2011 1:37 PM

Downtown Rotary gift aids Terry's House

Roughly 250 people were in attendance at the Downtown Fresno Rotary's weekly meeting to see Rotary Foundation Board Chair, Garry Griesser, present Community Regional Medical Center’s chief executive officer, Jack Chubb, with a $10,000 check to Terry’s House. Applause filled the room as the check was presented on Jan. 10.  Chubb thanked the club members for their significant contribution to a wonderful project.

Griesser said the donation is one of three to four donations awarded throughout the year by the Rotary Foundation. “The proposal for support was excellent and the need for Terry’s House was substantial. The Rotary Foundation was happy to do it,” he said.

Terry’s House, opened Jan. 11 to families. The 17,000-square-foot, two-story house accommodates families whose loved ones are receiving critical care at the downtown Fresno hospital, which serves burn and trauma patients from a region the size of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey combined. Terry’s House was built so families can have a meal, shower, sleep – stay strong for their loved one in the hospital.

The house, which was built entirely with private donations, features 20 guest rooms with private baths, in-house refrigerators, activity lounge, sitting areas, living room with library, kitchen/dining area, family resource center, reflection room, exercise room, laundry room and a healing garden.

This story was reported by Alexandra Andreotti. She can be reached at