Putting their money where their mouth is, Tolleston Boys & Girls Club project co-chairman Wil Davis, owner of the Gary Jet Center, committed $50,000 to the capital campaign, while The Times Media Co. added $100,000 and capital campaign member attorney Kenneth J. Allen added $50,000. That increases the announced total by $200,000 to about $4.67 million.
"All too often various projects in this community get started with good intentions but fail to materialize for a variety of reasons," Davis said. "With the Tolleston project, failure is not an option. We are and will succeed to bring about the best B&G Club/Community Center this region has ever witnessed. The entire community wants this to happen, and it will! John Will Anderson would be very proud of what we are accomplishing."
That's the type of commitment everyone has had toward this project. It will help the youths of Northwest Indiana by providing a safe environment where they can learn and grow.
After committing $50,000 toward the project, Kenneth J. Allen said, "All children deserve a safe place to learn and grow; they deserve hope and opportunity. And we need to help those kids, especially those most in need, reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. That's what the Tolleston project is all about. And that's why my wife and I are proud to be part of it."
Allen's contribution is a part of the broad base of support that continues to grow and grow.
As for The Times, I am proud our employees and the company's corporate officers at the Lee Foundation saw the value in this project. Our industry has been heavily influenced by the down economy, and when you couple that with the evolving nature of our business, it proves to be a testament to the commitment we have to Northwest Indiana and the people who live here.
All of the contributions will help restore the former Tolleston school as a workable location for the Gary Boys & Girls Club. It is an investment in our youths and our future.
Finally, I wouldn't feel right if I didn't give a shout-out to Dr. John Kostidis from Kostidis Chiropractic in Valparaiso. In a response to my last column, in which I asked for a donation of a used chain saw from someone, Kosidis quickly contacted me. The Boys & Girls Club is now the proud owner of a new chain saw. Thanks, John!
The Tolleston "Buy a Brick" campaign now totals more than $14,000 already for the Path to Success to be built at the club. If you are interested in donating or buying a brick, please visit http://bgcnwi.org/ or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again to all who have contributed. Please remember we have gone very far with this project, but we still have a ways to go. It will take all of us.
Bill Masterson Jr. is publisher of The Times Media Co. Follow him on Twitter @nwi_BMasterson