Boys and Girls Clubs Donation Personal for Indiana Beverage Employees

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Published on November 10, 2021 with No Comments

Indiana Beverage marketing coordinator and sales administrator Kelly Campbell (second from left) and receptionist Debby McNeil present a check to Boys & Girls Clubs president & CEO Ryan Smiley (left). Behind them is Indian Beverage executive vice president Jeff Leetz.

Indiana Beverage’s recent donation to Boys & Girls Clubs marks the tenth consecutive year the two have partnered to help region kids avoid peer pressure and risky behaviors. The $4,161 donation, which comes from the proceeds of merchandise sales at Valparaiso’s Brewfest, supports the youth organization’s healthy lifestyles programming, Boys & Girls Clubs president and CEO Ryan Smiley said.

“We are extremely grateful for ten years of support from this event,” Smiley said. “Kids are facing all kinds of challenges, whether through social media or from their peers. It’s important that we have partners like Indiana Beverage who support the work our Clubs are doing to empower Club members to make positive decisions.”

The decision to donate to Boys & Girls Clubs is deeply personal for Indiana Beverage’s marketing coordinator and sales administrator Kelly Campbell, who works the Brewfest booth each year with coworkers Debby McNeil, Christine Makowiecki and Jaimie Wible. Campbell described Club as a “lifesaver” after her mom passed away when Campbell was only three years old.

“Kidstop is the easiest, safest, most beneficial program for any working parent,” Campbell said.

Like Campbell, McNeil grew up attending Club. One of six kids growing up in Valpo, McNeil spent her time at Club learning arts and crafts and playing sports. When she had her own children, she signed them up to attend Club.

Whether through donating and volunteering, Campbell and McNeil continue to find ways to stay involved with the organization that meant so much to them as children.

“Boys & Girls Club is a very important part of my life, and I really cannot say enough great things about it,” Campbell said. “It’s a place for kids to be themselves, learn, play and grow. I hope that all the kids who need it find their way there.”

For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact your local Club by calling 219-764-2582 or visiting www.bgcgreaternwi.org.

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Indiana Beverage marketing coordinator and sales administrator Kelly Campbell (second from left) and receptionist Debby McNeil present a check to Boys & Girls Clubs president & CEO Ryan Smiley (left). Behind them is Indian Beverage executive vice president Jeff Leetz.

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From left, Boys & Girls Clubs’ president & CEO Ryan Smiley with Indiana Beverage’s receptionist Debby McNeil, marketing coordinator and sales administrator Kelly Campbell and executive vice president Jeff Leetz.

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