Grace Cathedral announces largest gift in its history
Grace Cathderal. File photo.
January 23, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco's famous
Grace Cathedral has announced that it has received a gift valued
at $18 million -- the largest in its history.
Henry William Edwards Jr. left the donation to the
church in the form of real estate several months ago, according
to church spokesman Brent Andrew. That real estate was then sold,
the proceeds going to benefit the church.
Edwards joined the Grace Cathedral choir in 1925
as a young boy, according to the church. When his voice changed
he left the choir, but its memory apparently did not leave him.
"This generous gift takes us much further than
we expected to be at this point in our development work and we
are grateful for it,'' said Dean Alan Jones in a statement. The
gift, Jones said, would provide the basis for an endowment. It
is intended to fund maintenance and restoration of the church
buildings and grounds.
"I think people are very excited. This was
unanticipated, so it's a very exciting for us,'' Andrew said.
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