THOREAU, N.M., May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School opened the Sgt. William C. Stacey Memorial Fitness Center on April 30, 2016. Located 30 miles outside of Gallup, the center will offer professional quality fitness equipment.
The choice to tribute the community's first fitness center to Marine Sergeant Stacey was made by the Mission's staff after reading his touching 'goodbye' letter left behind for his family. Sergeant Stacy's letter explained his hopes of keeping those at home safe and ensuring a greater future for our country's next generation. William Stacey was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.
"We hope that Sergeant Stacey's words inspire the citizens of Thoreau and shed light on the sacrifices our military make and how just one person's service can impact the world," says Chris Halter, Executive Director of St. Bonaventure. "We believe that the center will become the foreground for an overall healthier community."
Portions of Sergeant Stacey's letter will be the center piece for the new building, with plans to include the names of other fallen soldiers throughout the center.
St. Bonaventure decided on a community fitness center after a donation from Friends of the Poor, a non-profit organization focused on enhancing quality of life for those in low-income communities. The fitness center will be membership based. All proceeds will support St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School and their several outreach programs.
About St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School
St. Bonaventure Indian Mission and School is a private, Catholic agency providing the people of the Eastern Navajo Reservation with assistance and care. For more information, visit the website at www.stbonaventuremission.org.
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