Sundet Family and Otto Bremer Foundation Give $1.25 Million in Matching Gifts to Support True Friends Camp Courage Recreation Center

(Maple Lake, Minn., December 19, 2023) True Friends was recently awarded $1.25 million in matching gifts from the Sundet family and the Otto Bremer Foundation. These two entities have agreed to match any gifts or pledges to the project dollar-for-dollar up to $1.25 million. These gifts, along with the matching dollars, will support the construction of a new Recreation Center at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, MN.

The Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities including a temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art pool with zero entry, as well as a spacious gymnasium with a stage to support sporting events, performing arts opportunities, and large group gatherings.

“After more than 50 years of use, the current pool and gym can no longer support the thousands of participants we serve every year,” said President and CEO John LeBlanc. “The new Recreation Center will provide enhanced accessible amenities for individuals of all abilities to continually improve the experiences we provide.”

The $1.25 million given by the Sundet family and the Otto Bremer Foundation and the matches will go toward the total base cost of the $16 million project that will not only provide upgraded amenities, but improve overall accessibility to the 305-acre location.

True Friends was awarded $10 million from the Minnesota State Legislature, and has launched a capital campaign to raise the remaining $6 million needed to fulfill project goals. Pending fulfilled financial goals, construction will begin in Fall 2025.

Visit www.truefriends.org/recreation-center to learn more about this exciting opportunity to maximize the impact of your gift to this project, and for future project updates.

True Friends is a nonprofit agency providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. True Friends’ programs include Camp, Respite, Retreats, Team Building, Therapy and Adaptive Riding, and Travel; serving over 25,000 individuals annually. With locations near Maple Lake, Annandale, Eden Prairie, and Bemidji, True Friends serves individuals in Minnesota and throughout the United States. To learn more about True Friends, visit www.truefriends.org, call 952.852.0101, or email info@truefriends.org.

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