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Casual for a Cause! Porter-Starke dresses down for youth

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on November 06, 2019 with No Comments

Photo (From Left to Right): Club members join Porter-Starke and Boys & Girls Clubs representatives in accepting a gift generated by Porter-Starke Services Casual for a Cause initiative. Providing the gift (front row) is Timothy McCurdy, Director of Child and Family Services for Porter-Starke. Accepting the gift (holding the check) are Club members Luis H. and Jola D. Standing right behind these two members is Killian D. In the back row, Kristina Balog, Regional Club Director; Club member Leah M.; and Ryan Smiley, President and CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

Who doesn’t like a day at the office when one can throw on a pair of jeans and a business-casual shirt to wear for a day in a professional setting? Porter-Starke Services took their idea of “Casual Day” to a whole new level and decided that their dress-down day would benefit the greater good of the Valparaiso community.

Branding their casual day as Casual for a Cause, Jennifer Bissonnette, marketing and communications specialist for Porter-Starke Services explains, “Through this program, our employees have the opportunity to donate a small amount to dress casually on Fridays. The money raised is collected on a monthly basis and distributed to local organizations. Each year, our giving employees vote to select which organizations will receive funding. Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club was their choice.”

For this month, over $800 was collected and donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Valparaiso Club.

“I truly love the giving spirit of the Valparaiso Community. I also love it when businesses, like Porter-Starke, become really creative in providing different avenues to give. Casual for a Cause not only benefits organizations, like ours, but gives Porter-Starke employees a chance to donate by earning a benefit themselves – casual wear at the office! We are very thankful to have been selected by the employees this month,” states Ryan Smiley, president and CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter and Lake County youth for over 60 years! Clubs are open after school and provide great places for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Clubs are open during holidays and in the summer. Annual membership is only $35.00. For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact your local Club by calling 219-764-2582 or visiting bgcgreaternwi.org. Great Futures Start HERE.

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