Boys & Girls Clubs celebrates official ribbon cutting

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IN PHOTO: (center from left to right) Ryan Smiley, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana and Chris Campbell, Board Chair celebrate the ribbon cutting of the organization’s new Administrative and Resource Center (ARC). They are surrounded by board members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

As part of a regional effort to serve more kids and provide the best possible after-school opportunities, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana merged into the new Boys & Girls Clubs of GREATER Northwest Indiana. As part of this union, Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of the organization knew a new administrative center was needed to reflect the new organization, and to provide a resource for Club staff and community members.

Chamber of Commerce Executives from six regional chambers gathered recently for a ribbon cutting at the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Administration & Resource Center (ARC). The ceremony offers a unique and non-traditional opportunity to gather, illustrating a united regional partnership for the youth of several communities with Portage, Valparaiso, Duneland, Lakeshore, Crossroads and Gary Chambers in attendance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s President and CEO welcomed guests to the new 7.500 square foot office space atop of Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute in Portage, a build out that was gifted to the organization from Lakeshore Bone & Joint, as a Premier Corporate Sponsor.

“This center is a resource for our organization, our Club staff, and for the community. We appreciate Lake Shore Bone & Joint Institute for allowing us to move into their building, and for helping us to create a space that reflects the values and vision of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana,” states Smiley.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter and Lake County youth for 64 years! Clubs are open after school and provide great places for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Clubs are open during holidays and in the summer. Annual membership is only $35.00. For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact your local Club by calling (219) 764-2582 or visiting bgcgreaternwi.org. Great Futures Start HERE.

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