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$100,000 Gift for New Youth Center

(Michigan City, IN) - A $100,000 donation has been made to help construct a new facility for the Boys and Girls Clubs of La Porte County.


The funds given by the 1St Source Foundation will go toward the purchase of real estate to construct a 35,000 square foot building in Michigan City.


The Boys and Girls Clubs branch in Michigan City will relocate there from the old Elston High School building where it currently operates from a section of the former school.


“We are extremely grateful to 1st Source Foundation for their early support of our capital campaign and expansion efforts,” said Michelle Shirk, Executive Director of the BGCLPC.


The new facility will include a full court gymnasium, cafeteria and spacious program areas for several different age groups.  A dedicated Teen Center will also be provided.


Shirk said the new facility will house up to 350 children. In comparison, the existing space can accommodate no more than 200 children and doesn’t provide a gymnasium.


The foundation is an entity created by 1st Source Bank to enhance and strengthen the social, economic and cultural fabric of communities served by the financial institution.


The BGCLPC has expanded in recent years into La Porte, Westville and Kingsford Heights in response to a growing need for such facilities for children after school and during the summer. 

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