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Presence Fox Knoll Receives Foundation Grant to Renovate Gazebo


Life Gets Even Better for Presence Fox Knoll Residents Thanks to a $9,000 Grant

June 23, 2016 (Mokena, Ill.) – Presence Fox Knoll, a senior living campus in Aurora, recently was approved a $9,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to renovate an existing structure into an open-air gazebo in Fox Knoll’s spacious outdoor patio.

The Presence Fox Knoll team strives to create an environment that goes beyond the concept of ‘aging in place’ offering their residents the opportunity to thrive in place. The senior living campus features all levels of retirement living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care, allowing residents to ‘thrive in place’ by simply moving apartments, rather than relocating to another care setting.

“In order for our residents to flourish as they age, we take a holistic approach to care by attending to residents’ physical, mental, and spiritual needs,” remarks James Brady, executive director. “This gazebo will become center stage for a myriad of events that will help our residents and their guests enjoy a full life at Fox Knoll. It will become a place to relax, unwind and have fun.”

Presence Fox Knoll applied for the grant based on information they found in a recent research study conducted at the University of Minnesota, entitled “Everyday Access to Nature Improves Quality of Life in Older Adults.” The study affirmed that natural environments “promote physical, mental, and spiritual healing” and “are especially beneficial for healthy aging in seniors.” The lead researcher concluded, “Accessibility to everyday green… spaces encourages seniors to simply get out the door. This in turn motivates them to be active physically, spiritually and socially, which can offset chronic illness, disability, and isolation.”

Construction, which will begin in July, will include remodeling of the existing enclosed structure into an inviting, open-air gazebo that will be used for social activities, including planned and impromptu events. The generous funding will be used to remove the structure’s walls and doors, which will make the gazebo accessible to people with disabilities; install roll-down curtains that can be used to reduce wind and harsh sunlight; repair the roof; remove the carpet; and stain the wood. Funds will also be used to purchase comfortable and durable outdoor furniture.

The new gazebo is just one of the many inviting living spaces within the historic senior living campus ideally located on the scenic banks of the Fox River allowing for great views and easy access to downtown Aurora, the riverfront and public transportation. To learn more about the exceptional service, maintenance-free lifestyle options and all-inclusive offers, call 630-844- 0380 or visit


About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a philanthropic organization that administers charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit residents of Aurora, the Tri-Cities and Kendall County. For more information on the foundation, visit or call 630-896- 7800.

About Presence Fox Knoll

Presence Fox Knoll is a faith-based senior living campus offering independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments. For more information about Presence Fox Knoll, visit or call 877.737.4636.

About Presence Health

Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals Presence Health has a revenue base of $2.5 billion.

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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