BILL MASTERSON JR.: Time to name a few names

2013-04-23T00:00:00Z BILL MASTERSON JR.: Time to name a few namesBill Masterson Jr.
April 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

As you have probably seen in the paper the past few weeks, the Tolleston project (which is remodeling the old Tolleston building into a new Boys & Girls Club) is well underway and should be open for business in October.

Gary stepped up first, investing and already completing a $467,000 demolition of the older parts that were not to be used. The Anderson Foundation, the Dean and Barbara White Foundation and NIPSCO invested $4 million of what is currently at a $5.5 million campaign.

But while this building would not be happening without the tremendous investment from the above stated names, this project would not be nearly as far along without a number of other businesses and other individuals from around the area.

While we have more to come, it’s time to name a few names of some people who have stepped up and helped out with this project.

Generous financial commitments have been made by: the Barney Group, The Times Media Company, Horseshoe Casino, Strack & Van Til, Peoples Bank, the Wiseway Foundation, Kenneth J. Allen, Gary Jet Center, E. Thomas Collins, Luke Oil, Methodist Hospitals, ArcelorMittal, Centier Bank, Dean Sangallis, Skillman Corp., Roosevelt Haywood, Chuck Kreisl, Bill & Julie Masterson, Rob Crookston, Michael Saks, John Vinzant, John and Louise Diederich, Fran Taylor, Leslie Kiefer, Nancy Clifford, Pat & Karren Lee, Tanya Buerger, American Savings FSB, Dawn Reynolds Pettit, Jeff & Shawn Strack, Indiana Beverage, Tarpo Family Foundation, Richard Peller, Horizon Bank, U.S. Steel Foundation, Microbac, NiSource Charitable Foundation, Vinzant Software, Dave & Donna Wilkinson, Calvin and Cathy Bellamy, First Midwest Bank, Indiana American Water, Joe Gorelick, Howard Cohen, Mark & Chris Maassel, First Financial, JP Morgan Chase Foundation and BP.

But while donated cash allows us the flexibility to invest where we need it, so many businesses have donated goods and services, which has helped this project in areas that we would have had a direct financial cost for services performed. Some of these businesses include: Tradebe Environmental Services, which disposed of all chemicals left in the lab; Hammond Fence, which tore down some of the old fence; Fidelity Title, which handled all title work during purchase and property loan; attorney Greg Bouwer of Koransky, Bouwer and Poracky, who prepared all the loan documents; Lake County Sheriff's Department work release program, which did cleanup and general maintenance; Design Organization, which provided renderings of the project; Korellis Roofing, roof repair; John Kostidis, new chainsaw; Skillman Corp., supervision of entire project; Gariup Construction, general cleanup, tools and supplies; Continental Electric, temporary lighting in the building; Arctic Engineering, temporary heat in cafeteria; Amereco, cordoned off hazardous areas; NIPSCO, organized cleanup event; Gary, supplied dumpsters.

During the cleanup project, more than 300 volunteers were out cleaning from Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper counties including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky. Organized groups with several volunteers included: NIPSCO, Gary, Mary Brown’s 3rd District volunteers, The Times Media Company, Skillman Construction, Embassies of Christ, Highland Target, Majestic Star Casino, Urban League NWI Young Professionals, and Horseshoe Casino.

This very impressive list will undoubtedly grow and be updated as the project gets underway and the true impact of this project is realized by others.

We still have about $1.2 million in add-ons that would improve the efficiency and operation of the facility. If you are interested in donating time, services or money to this project, please contact Robert Montgomery at

Bill Masterson Jr. is publisher of The Times Media Company. Follow him on Twitter @nwi_BMasterson

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