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Eli Lilly Foundation Provides Matching Gift Opportunity to Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie

By Robby Tompkins, Director of Resource Development, BGC Muncie— MUNCE, IN— The Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie has announced the launch of its Eli Lilly Match Campaign, running through May 31st. The Eli Lilly Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs Indiana Alliance have partnered together to create a lasting impact on the state of Indiana. This partnership includes a $30 million statewide grant to all 31 Boys & Girls Clubs. The campaign is an opportunity for donors to…

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Tour Commemorates 160th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Assassination, Stops at Kennedy Library

By Chris Allen— INDIANAPOLIS – Today, April 15th, marks the 159th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. To commemorate Lincoln’s life and his impact on American history, Westfield-based The Lincoln Special will visit Muncie this Saturday to observe Lincoln’s 1865 funeral train that visited Indiana in 1865. Partnering with the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, a total of 30 Indiana cities are included in these roadshows where Executive Director Chris Allen will be staging a free, hour- long symposium that highlights Lincoln’s…


Grantee Spotlight: Q&A with the AMA on Flight Kits Set to Enhance STEAM Education in Muncie

By Jud Fisher— MUNCIE, IN—Located on the southeast side of Muncie, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) stands on over 1,000 acres of land and is home to the largest model aviation field in the world. Having moved to Muncie in the 1990s, the AMA’s international headquarters and museum are now home to dozens of events each year from model aviation flying days that draw hobbyists from across the country to rocket launches, kite festivals, drone competitions, remote control helicopter…


Ross Community Center Offers Anniversary Year Activities

By Molly Flodder— MUNCIE, IN—The 50th anniversary year of the Ross Community Center is underway and events are rolling out for neighborhood and widespread celebration. The center, located at 1110 W. 10th Street in the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood, is focused on advancing education and lifelong learning, health, and wellness. The kick off event of the anniversary year will be “Collecting Memories/Community Call Out,” on Saturday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the center. This community curating event will be a…


George and Frances Ball Foundation Awards More than $500,000 to Local Organizations

By Kelsey Harrington— MUNCIE—In the first quarter, George and Frances Ball Foundation awarded nearly $550,000 to support a variety of community organizations and initiatives across Muncie and Delaware County. The Foundation’s board, which meets four times per year, reviewed eleven grant applications for consideration of funding. In addition to serving as a grantmaker in the greater Muncie-Delaware County area, George and Frances Ball Foundation also serves in a convening role as the backbone organization for the collective impact initiative Cradle…


Second Annual ‘Motivate Our Minds Golf Outing’ To Be Held at Crestview on May 10

By Ro Selvey— MUNCIE, IN—As we gear up for another summer season, it’s time to rally behind a cause that’s close to the heart of our community: Motivate Our Minds (MOM). For years, MOM has been a beacon of hope for children in Muncie, Indiana, offering educational enrichment programs that empower our youth to reach their full potential. Now, as we approach the second annual Motivate Our Minds golf outing, it’s more important than ever to show our support and…


National Library Week To Feature Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties at Muncie Public Library

By Susan Fisher, MPL— MUNCIE, IN—April 7-13, 2024, is National Library Week, and Muncie Public Library (MPL) will celebrate in a big way by offering Solar Eclipse Viewing Parties on Monday, April 8 at three library branches. The parties will include free refreshments and free solar-viewing glasses while supplies last. “We are really having fun with this event and will serve Sun Chips and Moon Pies,” said Donna Catron, Library Manager at the Kennedy Library. Solar activities and information will…


Indiana’s Round-leaved Sundew Carnivorous Plant Shocks Scientists by Going Vegan

By Kelley Phillips, Red-tail Land Conservancy— MUNCIE, IN– In a bizarre twist of nature, a carnivorous plant has astounded botanists by declaring its newfound commitment to veganism. The Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), known for its carnivorous appetite, has had a change of heart and started refusing its usual diet of insects. The Round-leaved Sundews of Indiana released a statement early this morning that they wish to be emancipated from the Sundew genus Drosera and live a more herbaceous lifestyle. Sundews…


Muncie Altrusa to Host Tea and Auction Event on April 7

By Ashlee Anderson— MUNCIE, IN—Altrusa Club of Muncie and the Muncie Altrusa Foundation are hosting a Tea and Auction to support Club projects and Foundation grants. Club projects focus on literacy, food insecurity, and meeting various needs in the local community, while the Foundation grants fund local non-profits through an application process. All are invited to purchase tickets to Tea in Wonderland presented by Old National Bank. Lunch and tea will beserved and the main focus will be participating in…


Muncie Altrusa Club Recognizes 4th Grade Essay Contest Winners

By Sue Whitaker, Muncie Altrusa— MUNCIE, IN—The Muncie Altrusa Club hosted the winners of the Annual 4th Grade Essay Contest on March 21st during a luncheon at the Minnetrista Museum and Gardens.  The winners of the essay contest were Baxter Wilson, Burris; Kali Minnick, East Washington Academy; Mylah Wehlage, Royerton; Gabriel Crouch, Selma; A’Mirah Ruffin, West View; and Eli Burke, Yorktown. Each student read their essay titled: “How Books Build a Better World” to the assembled group. Following the reading each…