Hope Donation

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Entertainer Bob Hope and his wife Dolores are donating $1 million for a welcome center and auditorium at a housing complex for widows of Air Force enlisted men.

Groundbreaking is taking place Thursday at the Air Force Enlisted Foundation's Bob Hope Village in Shalimar. It's next to Eglin Air Force Base.

The 6,000-square-foot building will be named for retired Air Force Col. Bob Gates of nearby Fort Walton Beach. Gates flew Hope around the world as he entertained troops during World War Two. In later years, Hope held benefit shows to raise money for the foundation, which also has a second complex called Teresa Village in Fort Walton Beach.

The Bob Gates Welcome Center/Auditorium will include a stage and seating for 170 people. It is intended mainly to serve Bob Hope Village's 400 residents, but also will include conference rooms for seminars and business meetings.

Gates and the Hopes' daughter Linda are planning to attend the ceremony.