Porter County Community Foundation Awards Boys Girls Clubs $50k for new Valpo Club

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Published on September 17, 2021 with No Comments

Front from left, Valpo Boys & Girls Club (BGC) members Lewis Huerta and Layla McDonald hold a $50,000 check to the organization from Porter County Community Foundation (PCCF). Behind from left are BGC’s Deb Koeppen, Club member Annabelle Reese, PCCF president & CEO Bill Higbie, BGC president & CEO Ryan Smiley, Club member TJ Price, and Valparaiso Club Director Maggie Beezhold.

Porter County Community Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana $50,000 for the new Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. The award comes as part of the foundation’s annual Porter County Community Fund grant program. 

At a ceremony inside the current Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club, foundation president and CEO Bill Higbie presented a check to Boys & Girls Clubs’ president and CEO Ryan Smiley. Higbie spoke about the impact Clubs have on kids in Valpo and Northwest Indiana.

“It’s a great privilege for the Porter County Community Foundation to use this grant to support the youth of our community,” Higbie said. “Generations of kids, myself included, have benefitted from the programming the Clubs offer. The new Valpo Club will ensure that tradition continues.”

Smiley thanked Higbie and the foundation and spoke about the long partnership the two organizations have had.

“Porter County Community Foundation has been a critical partner of ours for a long time,” Smiley said, noting the relationship extends back decades. “They do such important work in the community, and we’re very grateful for their continued support.”

The new $9 million Valpo Club will be located on over 8 acres at 708 Evans Avenue, across from Fairgrounds Park. Construction began with a groundbreaking in April and will be completed during June of 2022. The new Club will feature amenities like a STEM lab, rock wall, two-full size gyms, digital recording studio, art room and more. Visit bgcgreaternwi.org/valpo for more information on the new Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club.

About: 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 $40.00. 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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