The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is starting off the new year with a $50,000 donation. The Hospital Hospitality House of Shreveport-Bossier Inc., the corporation that operated The McDade House for more than 30 years locally, is providing $50,000 to match $50,000 that was raised by the local club between July and December of this past year.
The McDade House provided lodging to more than 25,000 outpatients and relatives of seriously ill patients who were being treated at local hospitals. It provided a safe, comfortable place to rest and to be encouraged during those difficult times. When The Hospital Hospitality House of Shreveport-Bossier Inc. closed The McDade House, the corporation voted to establish a Donor Advised Fund under the name, The McDade Family Foundation, with The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.
“We are excited about the investment The McDade Family Foundation has made into the youth of Shreveport. These funds will go a long way in helping to make sure that great futures start here at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Shreveport,” said Paige Smith, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club.
Gary A. Moore and Joe Averett are both descendants of the McDade family and presented this donation on behalf of the Board. All members of the Board are advocates of the mission of the local Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club and thought it would be fitting for the dollars from The McDade Family Foundation go to a place that provides a safe, encouraging environment for area youth, similar to the atmosphere of the former McDade House.