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Posted on October 11, 2005

iCare Village Opening Ceremony
October 11, 2005

WAVELAND, MISSISSIPPI, October 11, 2005 – The first Project iCare Village built by the Morrell Foundation and many volunteers will celebrate its opening with a ceremonial ribbon cutting tomorrow, October 12. Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour and his wife, Marsha Barbour will speak, along with the Morrell Foundation founder Phil Morrell. The ceremony will begin at 10 am, and will include two live bands, food and refreshments. The public is invited and encouraged to celebrate this uplifting event.

The iCare village’s 10,000 square foot structure went up in just three days, and the internal structure is being completed with the help of hundreds of volunteers from all over the country. iCare Village is at Buccaneer State Park, located on the coast of Waveland, Mississippi. The building has dorm style bedrooms and 15 bathrooms including showers, air condition, electric outlets and water heaters.
Some volunteers include firefighters from the San Francisco Fire Department, employees of Georgia Pacific and the local members of the Baptist community church in Choctaw County, Alabama.

“Governor Barbour asked us to build here (Buccaneer Park), and I think it was an inspired choice. The area is totally devastated for miles in every direction and iCare Village is the first major structure to go up, and so many of the local people have told us that it has given them a feeling of hope” said Phil Morrell. “We hope to be able to house as many as 1000 volunteers at this sight, and that would have a major impact on the recovery of the area,” he said.

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