Save the Family in Mesa officially opened the Tony and Ann Merritt Conference Center today at 125 E. University Drive.
Ann and her late husband, Tony, started supporting Save the Family and its programs and services that lift people out of poverty in 2000, not long after first learning about the nonprofit organization.
The 2,400-square-foot conference facility on the Save the Family campus provides additional space for classes that include financial literacy, job readiness, life-skills, parenting and support groups.
Funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the center features separate meeting spaces, a few offices and a catering kitchen. The northern wall is designed to open onto a landscaped plaza. The brick-stucco-and-porcelain exterior showcase the Arizona desert by using natural tones.
“Ann’s continued support of our mission and for our families has been deeply meaningful to me personally because of the impact it has on our families,” Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor said.
Now retired, Ann represented herself and Tony, the former owners of Superstition Springs Toyota and Superstition Springs Lexus. Tony passed away in January 2013.
For more information about Save the Family, visit www.savethefamily.org.