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Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Exceeds Capital Campaign Goal, Raising $6,919,775 For A New Finish Line Boys & Girls Club On The Far Eastside

New Far Eastside Finish Line Boys & Girls Club Construction To Begin This Month

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 16, 2015) – Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis announced that their capital campaign goal of $6.6M has not only been reached, but exceeded. The campaign, Building Our Future Investing In Our Kids, raised a total of $6,919,775, in less than 15 months. This is the organization’s first capital campaign in 20 years. The focus of the fundraising effort was to renovate and double kitchen and cafeteria facilities at the four local freestanding Clubs and to build a new Boys & Girls Club on the Far Eastside at 38th Street and Post Road.

Through a major gift of $1,250,000 from The Finish Line, Inc., the new Club will be named The Finish Line Boys & Girls Club. This 22,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016. Construction will begin this month.

“As the dirt starts to move and the campaign fundraising hits it target, people will start to see progress toward this critical component of our neighborhood,” said Marty Posch, President of the Finish Line Youth Foundation. “The money raised will now turn blueprints into action as the walls go up and lives are impacted by what the Club provides to nearby youth.”

Other major donors for the project include:

  • United Way of Central Indiana: $2,000,000
  • Allegion: $230,000
  • Community Health Network: $100,000
  • Fifth Third Bank: $50,000
  • The Glick Fund:  $566,386
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Trust: $250,000
  • Old National Bank foundation:  $25,000
  • Samerian Foundation:  $200,000

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis do an incredible job serving many thousands of young people in our community,” said Jim Morris, President, Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “They provide a safe, caring, inclusive and fun place for young folks to grow, learn and develop. I am especially grateful for the nutrition programs the Glick family provides. So grateful for all that the clubs do for kids.”

The Club will be located adjacent to the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFÉ). Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and CAFÉ will partner by offering services to support Far Eastside youth, ages 5-18, and their families.

“There really isn’t much in the area for youth to do, especially for teens,” said Jennifer Smith, a long-time resident and mother of three teens on the Far Eastside. “Outside of the programs at CAFÉ and a church that allows them to play basketball a couple of times a week, teens need something to do every day. I am looking forward to the new Boys & Girls Club providing that.”

The statistics for the Far Eastside speak volumes regarding the community’s need for the Finish Line Boys & Girls Club.

  • Poverty levels on the Far Eastside exceed poverty levels in the rest of Marion County by 100%.
  • Twenty-three percent of Far Eastside residents are more likely to experience violent crime than other Marion County residents.
  • Of Far Eastside residents, 38% are under the age of 18.
  • Sixty-nine percent of Far Eastside youth come from single parent homes.
  • On the Far Eastside, 89% of youth qualify for a free or reduced school lunch.

For more information or to schedule interviews with Rick Whitten, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis; or Jennifer Smith, please contact Rick Whitten at rwhitten@BGCINDY.org.

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

Since 1893, Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis have served the Indianapolis community. With 11 Club locations, the Clubs provide programs for 7,500 youth in the areas of career exploration and educational enhancement, citizenship and leadership, the arts, and health and fitness. For additional information, please call (317) 920-4700 or visit www.BGCINDY.org.