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Impact Club planning philanthropic event in St. John Monday

95ate5 Brew Pub 9585 N. Industrial Dr., St. John.

Tony V. Martin

Impact Club, a group that's trying to bring a venture capitalist approach to philanthropy, is planning a charitable event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at 95ate5 Brew Pub, 9585 N. Industrial Drive in St John.

Community members hear pitches from three local charities, cast a vote for which they prefer, and then each write $100 check for the winner. The idea is that people can maximize the impact of their individual donations by teaming up.

"In just one hour, together, we'll surgically inject over $10,000 of impact into our local community," the group said on Facebook.

At its first event, the Impact Club raised $3,700 for Hannah's Hope, a nonprofit that provides development equipment to kids with special needs and works to make communities more accessible. 

Impact Club is offering free beer and pretzels to participants, and free T-shirts and membership cards to new members.


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.