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First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grant to Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

First Lady Karen Pence hosted the seventh award reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation at the Governor's Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $52,500 to 57 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state. Fort Wayne Civic Theatre was represented by Eunice Wadewitz, Music/Education Director, who was on hand to receive the award.

"When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts. However, it quickly became clear that I couldn't be at every event, nor could I champion every cause. That is why I, along with a team of dedicated board members, started the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation as a way to shine a light on the organizations across Indiana who lift up our communities and make our state strong," First Lady Karen Pence stated.

"The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is one of those organizations that is doing great work for our Hoosier children and families, and it is an honor to recognize them today," said First Lady Karen Pence.

First Lady Karen Pence started the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation in August of 2013 as a way to recognize organizations and charities across the state. At the inaugural First Lady's Luncheon held in April 2014, the Foundation awarded its first major grant of $100,000 to the Art Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Last year's luncheon recipient was Feeding Indiana's Hungry with a grant of $65,000, which supports food banks and food pantries in all 92 counties. Last year, the third year, $100,000 was awarded to Indiana Bicentennial Commission for interactive "Treasures of the Statehouse" display at the Indiana State Library. Throughout the year, the Foundation will award smaller grants to organizations across the state.

"Whether helping a child develop a love for reading or supporting families in need or encouraging a child to go further in the arts, these organizations are the backbone and the heart of our communities. They represent the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, and we thank them for their service," said First Lady Karen Pence.

The In The Wings Arts-In-Education Program acts as the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre's front line of outreach, collaborating with schools and social service agencies to make live theater accessible to the underserved population.

First Lady Karen Pence presented a check to each organization ranging from $500 to $1,000 in grant money from the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation, including:

AFH Ministries, Inc.

All of Indiana

Allen County Education Partnership DBA Project READS

Allen County

Anderson Symphony Orchestra Association, LLC

Madison, Hamilton, Marion, Delaware, Hancock


Allen County

Bolt for the Heart

All central Indiana and statewide if funds are used for the Indiana
State Police

Buttermilk Mountain, Inc.

Marion, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton, Boone, Greene, Sullivan and Monroe

Care For Kids Inc

Jefferson, Clark, Floyd

Center for Leadership Development

CLD participants reside in Marion county and the surrounding
counties of Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Hancock, Madison, and Bartholomew.

Child And Parent Services Inc.

Elkhart County

Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne

Allen, DeKalb, Steuben


St. Joseph County, Indiana

Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation


Dream Center Evansville

Vanderburgh County


Lake County

FAME (Foundation for Art and Music in Education)

Adams, Allen, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Whitley

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

Marion and surrounding adjacent counties

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, & Whitley

Fox Hill Dance Foundation, Inc.


Freewheelin' Community Bikes

Marion County

Friends of Ward Township District No. 5 School, Randolph Co., Inc.


Randolph, Jay, Delaware, Wayne

Good Samaritan Food Pantry

Jasper and a small part of Newton

Greenfield Central School Foundation

Hancock County

Grouseland Foundation, Inc.

All Indiana counties, Midwest region and Nation.

Half Way Home, Inc.


Montgomery, Boone, Warren, Fountain, Putnam, Parke, Tippecanoe, Hendricks--and potentially all other counties

Happy Hollow Children's Camp

Marion, Hendricks, Johnson, Hancock, Shelby, Boone, Hamilton, and Morgan counties.

Hendricks County Arts Council

Hendricks County primarily but we market all over the State of Indiana.

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana

Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Posey, Knox, Martin, Lawrence, Perry, Spencer, Dubois, Orange, Daviess, Crawford, Pike

Hoosier Burn Camp, Inc.

All Indiana counties

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

Indiana State wide, but funding can be designated to be used in specific county by grantor.

Hope Healthcare Services

Hendricks (primarily), Boone, Morgan, Putnam, Montgomery

Indiana Music Education Association Foundation

We serve all Indiana counties.

Indianapolis Public School No. 27 - Center for Inquiry Magnet

Marion County

Jameson Camp

All counties in Indiana.

Joe's Kids

80% Kosciusko County and 20% surrounding counties

Lady's n Charge

Lake County

Lebanon High School in partnership with Camptown

Boone County

Little Red Door Cancer Agency

Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan
and Shelby

Matthew 25 Clinic

Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Wabash, Kosciusko, Whitley, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben and DeKalb, Williams, Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert.

McMillen Health and

Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble,
Randolph, Wells, Whitley

Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.

Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Hamilton, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby.

NeighborLink Fort Wayne Foundation

Allen County

New Horizons Rehabilitation

Dearborn County and Ripley County

Noble, Inc.

Marion, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson

One Love Community Circle

St. Joseph County, Elkart Country

Pathway to Recovery

Marion County

Pink Ribbon Society

Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties in Northwest Indiana

Project Leadership

Delaware and Grant

Purchased, Inc

Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks,

Reins of Life, Inc.

St. Joseph, La Porte, Porter

Reins To Recovery, Inc.

Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Decatur, Scott

Second Stories, Inc

Jefferson, Switzerland, Scott and Ripley Counties

Summer Reading Camp 2016

90 at-risk students from all counties of Indiana may apply and are served at no cost to the students in a residential one-week reading intervention camp at any of 3 locations: Lutheran Hills in Brown
County, Lake Luther in Steuben County and Lutherwald in LaGrange County.

Team First Book (serving Monroe County)

Monroe County

The League of Terre Haute, Inc.

Vigo County, Indiana

The Power House Alliance, Inc

Allen County

Willson Family Literacy Preschool

Montgomery County

Wilson Elementary School

Clark County

The Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation is a 501 ( c ) (3). The First Lady receives no compensation. Donations are tax deductible. Learn more about how to make a donation or request a grant award on the Foundation's website at:

Pictured: Eunice Wadewitz, Music/Education Director for Fort Wayne Civic Theatre with Karen Pence, First Lady of Indiana.

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