NIPSCO hosted a charity event on Thursday for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. The after-hours networking event was a part of the continuing series of Boys & Girls events called Training for Great Futures. The event drew over 100 philanthropists and community leaders in a strong show of support for the local chapter of the national nonprofit organization.
Former NFL Player Jared Tomich spoke briefly about how the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Lake had completely shaped his successful career in the NFL and later on in his local business Fuel Fitness. Tomich also announced a future collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs to develop athletic curriculum to help the different Clubs help better physically equip their youth for a great future.
The event featured a silent auction of art created by members of the Boys & Girls Clubs, which range in age from 6 to 18. Also sold at the event were autographed miniature footballs from Tomich.
The Training for Great Futures series is a program which celebrates the new Tolleston project, a strong project to renovate the Tolleston Middle School, a huge, seven-acre complex in Gary, Ind. which the Clubs bought. Once completed, the Tolleston Boys & Girls Club will offer both outdoor sports areas, including a baseball field, football field and basketball courts, and indoor learning areas to teach area youth life skills, robotics and more.
“Statistically, I shouldn’t be here,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana President Lincoln Ellis said passionately at the event, “From my neighborhood, my conditions, in the time that I grew up, the Club changed my life. And every day I get to do this is a way to pay the community back for saving my life. Thank you all for supporting us. We couldn’t do it without you.”
Photos from the event can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DiversifiedMarketingStrategies/photos.