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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.

www.afriendshouse.net

All of Indiana

Allen County Education Partnership DBA Project READS

www.abouteducation.org

Allen County

Anderson Symphony Orchestra Association, LLC

www.andersonsymphony.org

Madison, Hamilton, Marion, Delaware, Hancock

Artlink

www.artlinkfw.com

Allen County

Bolt for the Heart

www.boltfortheheart.com

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

Buttermilk Mountain, Inc.

www.buttermilkmountain.org

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

Care For Kids Inc

www.facebook.com/CAREforKIDSINC

Jefferson, Clark, Floyd

Center for Leadership Development

www.cldinc.org

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.

www.capselkhart.org

Elkhart County

Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne

christchildsocietyfw.org

Allen, DeKalb, Steuben

Corvilla

www.corvilla.org

St. Joseph County, Indiana

Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation

www.crookedcreekcdc.org

Marion

Dream Center Evansville

www.dreamcenterevansville.org

Vanderburgh County

FAITH CDC

www.faithgary.org

Lake County

FAME (Foundation for Art and Music in Education)

www.famearts.org

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

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis

www.familypromiseindyihn.org

Marion and surrounding adjacent counties

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre

www.fwcivic.org

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

Fox Hill Dance Foundation, Inc.

www.foxhilldanceacademy.com

Marion

Freewheelin' Community Bikes

www.freewheelinbikes.com

Marion County

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

N/A

Randolph, Jay, Delaware, Wayne

Good Samaritan Food Pantry

Jasper and a small part of Newton

Greenfield Central School Foundation

www.gcschoolfoundation.org

Hancock County

Grouseland Foundation, Inc.

www.grouselandfoundation.org

All Indiana counties, Midwest region and Nation.

Half Way Home, Inc.

N/A

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

Happy Hollow Children's Camp

www.happyhollowcamp.net

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

Hendricks County Arts Council

www.hendrickscountyarts.org

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

Honor Flight of Southern Indiana

www.Honorflightsi.org

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

Hoosier Burn Camp, Inc.

www.hoosierburncamp.org

All Indiana counties

Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry

www.HoosiersFeedingtheHungry.org

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

Hope Healthcare Services

www.myhopehealth.org

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

Indiana Music Education Association Foundation

www.imeamusic.org

We serve all Indiana counties.

Indianapolis Public School No. 27 - Center for Inquiry Magnet

www.myips.org/cfi27

Marion County

Jameson Camp

www.jamesoncamp.org

All counties in Indiana.

Joe's Kids

www.joes-kids.org

80% Kosciusko County and 20% surrounding counties

Lady's n Charge

www.facebook.com/Ladys-N-Charge-173081719510692/info/?tab=page_info

Lake County

Lebanon High School in partnership with Camptown

www.camptown.net

Boone County

Little Red Door Cancer Agency

www.littlereddoor.org

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

Matthew 25 Clinic

www.matthew25online.org

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

McMillen Health

mcmillenhealth.org and brushdental.org

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

Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.

www.mhaindy.net

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

NeighborLink Fort Wayne Foundation

www.nlfw.org

Allen County

New Horizons Rehabilitation

nhrinc.org

Dearborn County and Ripley County

Noble, Inc.

www.mynoblelife.org

Marion, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson

One Love Community Circle

onelovecommunitycircle.org

St. Joseph County, Elkart Country

Pathway to Recovery

www.PathwaytoRecovery.org

Marion County

Pink Ribbon Society

www.pinkribbonsociety.org

Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties in Northwest Indiana

Project Leadership

www.projectleadership.org

Delaware and Grant

Purchased, Inc

www.purchased.org

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

Reins of Life, Inc.

www.reinsoflife.org

St. Joseph, La Porte, Porter

Reins To Recovery, Inc.

www.reinstorecovery.org

Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Decatur, Scott

Second Stories, Inc

www.oursecondstories.com/home.html

Jefferson, Switzerland, Scott and Ripley Counties

Summer Reading Camp 2016

LOMIK.org

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)

www.firstbook.org

Monroe County

The League of Terre Haute, Inc.

www.leagueofterrehaute.com

Vigo County, Indiana

The Power House Alliance, Inc

www.powerhouseyouthcenters.com

Allen County

Willson Family Literacy Preschool

www.cville.k12.in.us/domain/147

Montgomery County

Wilson Elementary School

gcs.k12.in.us

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: www.IndianaFirstLadysCharitableFoundation.org.

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


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