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Mooseheart’s Centennial Celebration July 27
Will Mark 100 Years of Giving Hope to Kids in Need

By DARRYL MELLEMA, Associate Editor, Moose Magazine
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This photo, taken during the winter of 1914-15 from what is now the intersection of Illinois Route 31 and Mooseheart Road looking north, shows the portion of the then-new Lincoln Highway that had been concrete-paved for the first time just the previous summer. The area in the left foreground that today holds Mooseheart’s football field and stadium, at this point held not even the wooden stands that would be build a few years later.

Today, Mooseheart’s 3,100-seat football stadium, originally built in 1940 with the Fieldhouse added behind in 1963, has been fully renovated with a new FieldTurf playing surface, thanks to the men and women of the Ohio State Moose Association. In May 2013, the entire facility was rededicated as the Ohio Moose Sports Complex.

American English, the veteran Beatles tribute band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27 at the Ohio Moose Sports Complex; the 1950s-through-’80s show band Rick K and the Allnighters will open from 4-6:30 p.m.. Admission is free-of-charge to these concerts during Mooseheart’s day-long Centennial Celebration.  The day will conclude with fireworks, immediately following the American English show, in the same immediate vicinity.

MOOSEHEART, IL, July 15 Ever since its dedication ceremonies, in a large rented circus tent on Sunday, July 27, 1913, Mooseheart Child City & School has given a home, education and stability to more than 12,000 children from across the continent, and the world.

Exactly 100 years later — Saturday, July 27, 2013 — will be an all-day celebration of Mooseheart’s mission and successes, as thousands of Moose members, Mooseheart alumni and members of the community will mark the history and the future of the community, with a 100-minute fun run, hours of free live entertainment, a carnival, food-and-beverage tents, fireworks shot off from the riverbank at dusk—and by breaking ground on a $10 million renovation project of Mooseheart School. From 9 a.m. through until after dark — it’s the Mooseheart Centennial Celebration!

“The bottom line is Mooseheart would not exist if it wasn’t for the ongoing support and generosity of the men and women of the Moose,” said Mooseheart Executive Director Gary Urwiler.   “We are looking forward to celebrating the grand occasion with our Moose members and Mooseheart students, and kicking off the next 100 years of service to children of need.”

A rededication ceremony for Mooseheart, honoring Mooseheart founder James J. Davis and first Superintendent Rodney Brandon, and featuring remarks from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, will highlight festivities at 11 a.m.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the grand occasion with our Moose members, Mooseheart community, and the general public as we kick off the next 100 years of service to children of need,” Urwiler said.

Preceding, at 9 a.m., will be the 100-minute Centennial Challenge Walk/Run; and following throughout the afternoon will be a full carnival and pony rides, musical entertainment throughout the day including Rick K and the Allnighters and the Beatles tribute band “American English,” food/beer/soft drink tents, a petting zoo, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mooseheart School renovation, and at dusk, a spectacular fireworks display, with great seating at Mooseheart’s football stadium.

For a full, up-to-date schedule, visit

Mooseheart Child City & School is a 1,000-acre community and school for children and teens in need of a secure home, located just south of Batavia, IL, between Illinois Route 31 and Randall Road.

Founded in 1913, Mooseheart is supported completely through private donations - the great majority of which come from the 1.1 million men and women of the Moose fraternal organization, in more than 1,700 Lodges and 1,600 Chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda. Moose International headquarters is located on the Mooseheart campus.

Since its founding, Mooseheart has operated a complete, accredited kindergarten-through-high-school academic program, plus art, music, vocational training and interscholastic sports. It is an extremely nurturing and student-tailored program, with an average student-teacher ratio of 12-1.

Mooseheart students who complete their studies with a 3.0 GPA or better (4.0=A) are eligible for up to five years of annually renewable scholarship funding, covering tuition, room and board in an amount comparable to that required for an in-state student at an Illinois public university.

Mooseheart is currently home to nearly 250 students, ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Applications for admission to Mooseheart are considered from any family whose children are, for whatever reason, lacking a stable home environment. Mooseheart boasts its own U.S. Post Office and a fully functioning branch of Fifth Third Bank.

In addition to Mooseheart, Moose International also supports Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL founded in 1922; and conducts more than $90 million worth of community service programs annually.

Founded in 1888, the Moose organization has long offered its members an opportunity to do good for others while celebrating life, with family, social, and sporting activities. For more information on the Moose organization, visit the websites at ,,, or call 630-966-2229.



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