MUNCIE, IN— Jeff Howe, chairman of Champions for a Safe Community Fund, announced today a new partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie. (The Muncie Journal live-streamed today’s press conference held at the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie. You may view that video here.)
Listen to WLBC’s Steve Lindell press conference interview below.
Champions for a Safe Community Fund supports the prevention of violence and the protection and care of victims of violence in East Central Indiana.
In this collaboration, the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie will assist in the administration of events like 100 Men Who Cook, Old National Bank’s premier community fundraising event.
“We could not be more pleased to welcome aboard the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie,” said Howe, President of Northeast Region of Old National Bank. “We looked at many possible partners from our community and chose this organization for its leadership and ongoing work with children and teenagers on critical issues like safety, health, academics and character.
The collaboration firmly places community safety at center stage for one of Muncie’s most exciting fundraisers of the year.
“We are honored to be a part of 100 Men Who Cook and Champions for a Safe Community Fund,” said Micah Maxwell, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie.
Howe, a Club Kid himself, remembers feeling safe at a Boys & Girls Club, when his father was fighting in Vietnam. “My mom knew I needed something to do and someplace to go where I wouldn’t think about anything else,” Howe explained. “For me, it was the Boys Club.”
For the past six years, Old National Bank has presented 100 Men Who Cook. It has raised nearly a half million dollars to help the most vulnerable in East Central Indiana. The event draws more than 1,100 people.
This year’s event is Saturday, November 5th at the Horizon Convention Center.
“Our partnership means we’re all in,” said Juli Metzger, president of the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. “Throughout the year, we’ll shine a light on issues of community violence and ongoing community initiatives. We’ll work hard to raise money for 100 Men Who Cook and other possible events that benefits both the Club and Champions for a Safe Community Fund.”
You can view recent grants awarded by Champions for a Safe Community at this Muncie Journal link published on May 11, 2016.
About Champions for a Safe Community
Champions for a Safe Community is funded by 100 Men Who Cook to support organizations within the community to provide programming, services, and activities that endeavor to reduce violence as well as provide security and care for victims of violence. Champions for a Safe Community will consider support to not-for-profits, civic, business, and government organizations to support the development and delivery of innovative solutions, otherwise unavailable in our community, designed to make our community a safer place to live, work, and play. For more information about 100 Men Who Cook visit http://muncie100menwhocook.org/ or call Melinda at 765-254-3978
About Old National
Old National Bancorp (NASDAQ: ONB) is the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana and, with $12.0 billion in assets, ranks among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. Since its founding in Evansville in 1834, Old National has focused on community banking by building long-term, highly valued partnerships with clients. Today, Old National’s footprint includes Indiana, Western Kentucky and Louisville, Southern Illinois and Central and Western Michigan. In addition to providing extensive services in retail and commercial banking, wealth management, investments and brokerage, Old National also owns Old National Insurance, one of the 100 largest brokers in the U.S. For more information and financial data, please visit Investor Relations at www.oldnational.com.
About Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
The Boys & Girls Club of Muncie was founded in 1933. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential, as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life- enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity. You can learn more at www.bgcmuncie.org. For more information, please contact the Boys & Girls Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 282-4461.