1st Source Foundation Awards Boys & Girls Clubs $50k for New Valpo Club

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Published on November 10, 2021 with No Comments


From left, Boys & Girls Clubs president & CEO Ryan Smiley, donor relations manager Deb Koeppen, 1st Source Bank regional president Matt Vessely and Tonn and Blank Construction’s Joe Coar.

1st Source Foundation presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana with a check for $50,000 in support of the new Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. The award comes as part of the Foundation’s grant program.

Boys & Girls Clubs President & CEO Ryan Smiley thanked the Foundation and Regional President Matt Vessely, noting that 1st Source also contributed to the youth organization’s renovation of Duneland Boys & Girls Club. 

“We’re grateful to 1st Source Foundation for believing in our mission of helping youth reach their full [potential],” Smiley said. “For them to support two different projects in such a big way speaks to their commitment to giving back.”

1st Source Bank has been involved in community philanthropy for over 155 years. The Foundation provides support to organizations working in human services, education, arts and culture, community, and economic development. Their goal is to help build good places to live, work, and raise families

Vessely said community service is one of the company’s principal values.

“At 1st Source, community leadership is among the values ingrained in everything we do,” Vessely states. “The 1st Source Foundation is proud to be part of this project, which we know will provide a meaningful impact on the lives of so many young people and families in our community. We thank the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana for bringing this new facility and their invaluable programs to those they serve.” 

The new $9 million Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club will be located on over eight acres at 708 Evans Ave., across from Fairgrounds Park in Valparaiso. 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.

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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