Strack & Van Til CEO Jeff Strack presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana with a check for $38,424 on Monday. The donation was part of Strack & Van Til’s Checkout Challenge, which raises funds for local organizations by asking customers to round up their purchase totals.
“It’s important for us to support local organizations that are doing important work in the community,” said Strack, who also sits on Boys & Girls Clubs’ Board of Directors. “Our employees take these challenges seriously, and they did a great job of not only raising money to support Boys & Girls Clubs, but also spreading awareness of what they are doing to help kids in Northwest Indiana.”
From August 10 – 23, Strack & Van Til and Town & Country stores across the region gave customers the opportunity to donate in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana. Strack said customer donations are key to the success of the challenge.
“The Round Up is driven by the generosity of our customers, and they really stepped up to support the community,” Strack said. “They always do.”
To show their appreciation, Boys & Girls Clubs turned the challenge into a fun competition, awarding employees of the top-raising location a small treat and the three employees who raised the most money gift cards.
Highland Strack & Van Til took top prize, raising $4,100. The highest-raising cashiers were Hannah Cavinder from Valparaiso Strack & Van Til, who raised $527.64, Mary Krueger from Valparaiso Town & Country, who raised $502.14, and Ryan Marquardt from the Hobart Strack & Van Til on Old Ridge Road, who raised $464.87.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s President & CEO Ryan Smiley said the donation will go toward Boys & Girls Clubs’ fall programming.
“Strack & Van Til has been a huge supporter of ours for a long time, and they are always finding creative ways to help us,” Smiley said. “We are so grateful to them and for all of their employees who worked so hard during this challenge to support us and spread awareness of the work we do.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana:
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