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Water company donates land to South Haven Boys & Girls Club

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

Published on August 19, 2020 with No Comments

From left, Indiana American Water President Matt Prine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana President and CEO Ryan Smiley, and Boys & Girls Clubs Board Vice Chairman Michael Simpson acknowledge the water company’s land donation to the South Haven Boys & Girls Club

Indiana American Water has donated nearly two acres of land to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana. The lot, valued at more than $130,000, is adjacent to South Haven Boys & Girls Club on what is now the north end of the club’s property and previously housed the South Haven water tank.

Prior to being acquired by Indiana American Water in 1999, Northwest Indiana Water Company acquired the South Haven system as part of a 1995 acquisition of Utility Services Corp in 1995. After Indiana American Water constructed a new, larger tank in Portage, the South Haven water tank was no longer needed and demolished in 2019.

Citing the work Boys & Girls Clubs does in the community, Indiana American Water President Matt Prine said the donation was an exciting opportunity for a partnership.

“Being a good neighbor and giving back to our partner communities is a core part of who we are as a company,” Prine said. “The removal of a water tank at this site last year that was no longer needed gave us a great opportunity to partner with the South Haven club to give them room to expand.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana President and CEO Ryan Smiley thanked Indiana American Water and said the land would offer the organization some versatility in how it can best serve South Haven youth.

“We’re so grateful to Indiana American Water for their generosity. These community partnerships help our organization grow and expand,” Smiley said. “This donation opens up some possibilities for us, whether that may be a multi-sports field, a playground, or a possible building expansion in the future. Our club needed outdoor green space to program, and this is an important part of how we are able to continue serving South Haven Club members and this community.”

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