• Four Hendricks County Non-Profit Agencies Given $60,000

    December 20, 2011 No comments

    Four Hendricks County United Way agency programs received an early Christmas present this week.

    The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with the United Way of Hendricks County recently presented representatives from Hendricks County Senior Services, Mental Health America of Hendricks County, Sheltering Wings and Sycamore Services $12,500 each. The $60,000, which is collected from two major fund-raising efforts — a Breakfast of Champions event in May and Wings of Golf outing in August — was the biggest contribution ever given through those events.

    “We are tremendously fortunate to have the most wonderful volunteers that coordinate both events, without them and all who participated none of this would be possible,” said Susie Friend, executive director of the United Way of Hendricks County. “The money raised will help youth, seniors, disaster victims, domestic violence victims and so many more people in this county overcome crisis.”

    Tammi Jessup, executive director for Mental Health America of Hendricks County, said the financial gift is so critical to agencies like hers because of their dependence on community support.

    “We are a small agency, so a contribution like this makes a significant difference in the programs we are able to offer our residents,” she said.

    In addition to the four Hendricks County agencies, the HCCVB and United Way of Hendricks County also contributed $10,000 to Zup’s Imagination Fund through the Hendricks County Community Foundation. This fund benefits children’s United Way programs in the county such as the Early Readers Club, which is an early literacy program for children from birth to age 6. Any Hendricks County child can register for this program to receive 12 books a year.

    “We were just so pleased to be a part of two successful events that raised so much money for such wonderful organizations in Hendricks County,” said Tracy Whetstone, community events manager for the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It really makes everyone’s efforts worthwhile.”

    The Wings of Golf benefit, which is billed as the premier golf outing in Hendricks County, has raised about $600,000 since its inception nine years ago. The Breakfast of Champions, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2012, has a long standing tradition of honoring true champions and boasts a distinguished list of previous guest speakers, including Butler University Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Stevens and Gov. Mitch Daniels.

    The Hendricks County Tourism Commission d/b/a the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook by searching Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @FastTracktoFun. For more information, visit our website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.

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