Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ex-Fund-Raiser Gets To Spend.

AROUND ABQ

* Francie Hill now operates arboretum, foundation in Iowa

Francie Hill, known as a high-energy worker for several Albuquerque charities, left the high desert in May for an Iowa field of dreams.

Hill, 59, is director of Bickelhaupt Arboretum, a 14-acre garden on the west side of Clinton, Iowa.

The pastoral landscape includes a collection of 300 plants, flowering trees, ornamental shrubs as well as native prairie grasses. And a creek runs through it.

During the past four years, Hill was community relations coordinator for Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico.

She said her former job was "offering opportunities for the community to become involved with Catholic Charities through volunteering or financial or in-kind contributions. …

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