The Boys & Girls
Clubs of Porter County’s new Duneland Club will host a Ribbon Cutting
ceremony at the Duneland Boys & Girls Clubs, 521 West 1100 North,
Chesterton, on Wednesday, April 26, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Club tours of the
new facility will be available prior to and after the ceremony. National
President of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jim Clark, will be on hand, as
will Ryan Smiley, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County President and CEO and
Joe Juarez, Duneland Club Director.
Board members and
Capital Campaign Committee members are expected to attend, including Capital
Campaign co-chairs Timothy and Shelly Rice, of Lakeside Wealth Management,
Todd and Laura Elliott, Mr. Walter Smithe, owner and founder of Walter E.
Smith Furniture Store, along with Chesterton and Porter County dignitaries.
After a two-year
process and capital campaign effort, the newly enhanced Duneland Boys &
Girls Club will be cutting the ribbon to officially open the new facility.
Guests will have
the opportunity to tour the Club and its new space and amenities including:
STEM Lab, Teen Center, Exergaming Studio, full-sized gymnasium, new welcome
area, concession facility and a rock climbing wall.
All individuals who
purchased a brick for the new Club have been entered into a drawing for a
2017 Cubs Experience at Wrigley Field. Winner of the experience will be
announced at the ceremony.
For more than forty
years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has enabled young people to
achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Four club
sites and nine Kidstop locations throughout Porter County serve nearly 5,000
young people annually through club membership and community outreach. Boys &
Girls Clubs of Porter County provides a safe place, caring adult mentors,
fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis
during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic
success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
membership, volunteer opportunities, or how to make a tax deductible
donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County by contacting your local
Club at 464-7282, or by visiting bgcpoco.org, facebook.com/bgcpoco, and