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Duneland Boys and Girls Club set for ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday

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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.

Learn about 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,, and


Posted 4/25/2017




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