It Just Takes One campaign kicks off

2014-03-28T00:00:00Z It Just Takes One campaign kicks offTimes Staff nwitimes.com
March 28, 2014 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County kicked off its annual It Just Takes One fundraising campaign with powerful words from Ebonè Ivory, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Youth of the Year, and Jennifer Hedger, a club parent.

In front of an audience of board members, volunteers, and friends of the club, Ebonè said, “Have you ever felt alone and hurt at some point in your life? That was me before I started going to the club. The cub has protected me and showed me that I am an amazing person just the way I am.”

Ebonè’s words were followed by club parent Jennifer Hedger, who talked about her son John and how important the club is in his life. “Boys & Girls Clubs holds a very special place in my heart. My son John, born six months premature, suffered brain damage resulting in a mild case of cerebral palsy. Growing up, John loved to play sports. He so badly wanted to join a team. I turned to the Boys & Girls Clubs. John was welcomed with open arms, given a chance to be a part of a team, and treated like everybody else. John thrived and, more importantly, he found a place where he belongs.”

Guest speaker Jason Mergl, of Kemper Preferred, said he first learned of the Boys & Girls Clubs when he was 42 years old. Not only is he amazed at what the clubs do for children, but how enthusiastic kids are about their clubs.

Board member Michael Simpson, of M.E. Simpson Co., Inc., serving as Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s ”It Just Takes One” annual campaign chair announced team captains of the campaign including: Larry Moore, of Computer Services, Inc.; Jeff Leetz, of Indiana Beverage; and Doug Miller, of Dott Marketing. Simpson said the clubs have raised 18 percent of their $195,000 campaign goal prior to the kickoff event.

"Our 2014 campaign goal is to raise $195,000 toward the organization’s operating expenses necessary to provide the high-quality youth development programs such as Club Tech, Power Hour and Smart Moves, tutoring and athletics to nearly 5,000 children and their families throughout Porter County," said Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. To make a contribution to the It Just Takes One campaign, contact Alison Martin at (219) 464-7282 ext. 226 or visit bgcpoco.org.

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