Bell Tower benefits from $125,000 Bierman Family Foundation grant
Bell Tower Residence Assisted Living is excited to announce the completion of the technology updates to Assisi Hall.
Sister Peggy Jackelen, former Bell Tower Residence administrator, applied for and received a $125,000 grant from the Bierman Family Foundation for updates to Assisi Hall. The Bierman Family Foundation also generously donated money for Bell Tower Residence’s third floor memory care neighborhood.
The grant was utilized to install air conditioning, acoustical panels, state of the art technology including a projector, recessed automated projector screen, video and sound system and new chairs. Those using the room now will enjoy the capability of using the internet in presentations as well as upgraded wireless, podium or hand-held microphones. The process from start to finish took about 1 ½ years. New chairs arrived recently and were the final piece to complete the use of the grant.
“Prior to the many improvements, usage of Assisi Hall in the summer was limited due to high temperatures and humidity. Air conditioning this space now provides greater comfort. Also, the sound in the hall was very active and alive. With the installation of the new acoustical panels, presentations and conversations can be heard without difficulty,” said Sister Peggy. “We are very grateful to the Bierman Family Foundation Grant for all these improvements that now will provide Bell Tower Residence with the opportunity for greater usage of this beautiful hall.”
Prior to the technology project Assisi Hall received a new roof, tuck-pointing, carpeting and draperies. The stained glass windows were also refurbished and the room was painted. Those updates, costing $165,000, were funded by the Holy Cross Sisters and took about four years.
During that time a Steinway piano was donated and is used in Assisi Hall. It was sent to St. Paul, Minnesota to be refurbished. It has been used for resident, employee and public events.
Along with the entire building, Assisi Hall has a rich history. It was originally built in 1946 and was used by the Holy Cross Sisters as a chapel.
The first major event after the completion of the updated technology was Bell Tower Residence’s 25th Anniversary Gala in September. Since the completion of the updates Assisi Hall has been used to host public events, seminars, employee educational programs and resident and employee dinners and events.