Strack & Van Til helps to build futures, new club

Board Vice Chairman Michael Simpson, from left, and Board Chairman Tim Rice were on hand with Chris Bengtson and Jeff Strack, both of Strack & Van Til, Joe Juarez, the Duneland Club director, and Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to celebrate with club members the investment Strack & Van Til is making in the new Duneland Club.

CHESTERTON — As the construction of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s new Duneland Club continues to make progress, the excitement of club members is growing as they anticipate the potential of more after-school activities. Earlier this month, Jeff Strack, president and CEO of Strack & Van Til Supermarkets, and Chris Bengtson, vice president of community affairs, customer service and corporate inventory control, made a personal trip to the club’s construction site to deliver a $25,000 gift toward helping build a new Duneland Club.

“When we first talked to our club members about building a new club, just for them, they loved the idea,” said Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. “Now that they see how big and how much more will be offered to them at their new Duneland Club, their excitement is almost electric.”

Strack & Van Til Supermarkets is a longtime contributor to Boys & Girls Clubs in both Porter and Lake counties. In July, the grocery chain named Boys & Girls Clubs as their charity to support in July through the Checkout Challenge initiative. Strack & Van Til’s gift of $25,000 is one step closer in providing

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Duneland youths with a state-of-the-art club complete with more space for tutoring and academic success activities, expanded room for STEM programming and an Exergaming fitness center.

“Boys & Girls Clubs are valuable assets to our communities. Strack & Van Til is happy to make this gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and its youth members. Our company knows the lasting impact the new Duneland Club will have in Chesterton and our Northwest Indiana communities,” Strack said.

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