The Chinese American Service League, Inc. (CASL) will break ground on Monday, October 21 for its new CASL Community Service Center, a $9.15 million project that will provide a hub of social and human services for Chicago's Near South Side. The Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held at the Corner of Tan Court and Princeton Avenue in Chinatown Square, beginning at 10:30 a.m. "We are proud of the success of CASL's Capital Campaign Initiative thus far, "said Raymond M. Chin, co-chair (with Bernard S. Lee) of the CASL Capital Campaign Committee, and whose firm, R.M. Chin & Associates, has dedicated resources to project manage the build-out on behalf of the community. "Challenging times require challenging efforts by extraordinary teams of people," he added. "And we on the CASL team look forward to even more - from private, public and individual sources inclusive, to help ensure that all of our goals are met," said Chin. Currently housed in five facilities scattered throughout Chinatown, in 1998, CASL launched the second phase of a $9.15 million Capital Campaign, "Uniting, Building, Serving." The initiative is providing for a new permanent home for the CASL... uniting the five facilities and allowing for critical program expansion for the community's ever-growing needs. The new CASL Community Service Center will be a 37,500 square foot, three-story facility located in Chicago's Chinatown Square and is slated for occupation in Fall 2003. It will include modern facilities for its accredited Child Development Center, employment and training services, including its renowned Chef Training Program, services to youth and families, and its Elderly Service Center, which includes an innovative Adult Day Service. The CASL Community Service Center project is also a recipient of $1 million in Illinois FIRST funds from the office of Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. A check presentation will occur during the Groundbreaking Festivities. The event will be emceed by ABC 7 anchor Judy Hsu, and will open with a Lion Dance performed by the area's Healy School students. Founded in 1978, the Chinese American Service League (CASL), a 501(C)(3), is the Midwest's largest and most comprehensive social service agency of its type. With a budget of $5.7 million, CASL's 190 dedicated bilingual and bicultural staff and 300 volunteers annually serve over 14,000 clients.