M'ville foundation gives $1M to support programs for the blind

2013-05-01T18:45:00Z 2013-11-19T17:55:25Z M'ville foundation gives $1M to support programs for the blindDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | A Merrillville foundation has given $1 million to an Indianapolis organization serving the blind and visually impaired.

The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation donated the money to support the nonprofit Bosma Enterprises, which helps people of all ages navigate blindness by providing job training, employment, rehabilitation and outreach programs.

"This gift will help Bosma to continue to provide essential services to people who are blind or visually impaired," said Heather Quigley-Allen, president of the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation. "We are honored and humbled by the generosity of Dean and Barbara White."

The Whites' gift is the largest donation in Bosma's history. Half the funds will be provided immediately, with the other half given as part of a matching gift program.

Bosma Enterprises currently serves 600 people a year. The additional money will provide services for 150 more, Quigley-Allen said.

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, is founding director of Bosma Enterprises and chairman of the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation.

Dean White, 89, of Crown Point, is the 271st richest American, with a net worth of $1.8 billion made through billboards and hotels, according to Forbes Magazine.

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