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First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grants to 40 Organizations from Across Indiana

Indianapolis – First Lady Karen Pence hosted the eighth reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s Residence today, where she awarded $38,000 to 40 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state. There, she also awarded the fourth and final major grant of $95,000 to the Art Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children.

“When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts. However, it quickly became clear that I couldn’t be at every event, nor could I champion every cause. That is why I, along with a team of dedicated board members, started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation as a way to shine a light on the organizations across Indiana who lift up our communities and make our state strong,” First Lady Karen Pence stated.

First Lady Karen Pence started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation in August of 2013 as a way to recognize organizations and charities across the state. At the inaugural First Lady’s Luncheon held in April 2014, the Foundation awarded its first major grant of $100,000 to the Art Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. Last year’s luncheon recipient, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry received a grant of $65,000, which supports food banks and food pantries in all 92 counties. Last year, the third year, $100,000 was awarded to the Indiana Bicentennial Commission for the interactive “Treasures of the Statehouse” display at the Indiana State Library.

“Whether helping a child develop a love for reading or supporting families in need or encouraging a child to go further in the arts, these organizations are the backbone and the heart of our communities. They represent the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, and we thank them for their service,” said First Lady Karen Pence. 

First Lady Karen Pence presented a check to each organization ranging from $500 to $1,000 in grant money from the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation. Representatives from each of the following organizations were on hand to receive their award and recognition:

Applicant Name Website County(s) Served
ArtMix: Art Redefining Disability Marion, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Hamilton, Boone
Aurora, Inc. Vanderburgh County
BCH, Inc. Lake, Porter, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Wells, Tippecanoe
Best Buddies Indiana Marion, Hamilton, Boone, Madison, Hancock, Lake, Tippecanoe, Delaware, Johnson, Floyd, Clark, Monroe, Bartholomew, Blackford, Jay, & Ripley
Bloomington Community Orchard Monroe County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington Monroe County
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People Hamilton, Marion, Hancock, Johnson, Hendricks, Morgan, Boone
Bryson’s Time Out Take Ten Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer, Perry, Dubois, Pike, Gibson
Caring About People, Inc. Allen County
Cops Cycling for Survivors All counties
CORE, The Resource Store Allen, Adams, Wells, Dekalb, Noble
d/b/a/ Chaucie’s Place, Hamilton County Vesta Foundation for Children, Inc. Boone, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Madison, Marion, and Tipton
Dunebrook, Inc. La Porte County
Early Childhood Alliance Allen County
Flight1 Marion and its surrounding counties
Fort Wayne Youtheatre Allen County
GiGi’s Playhouse Fort Wayne Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley
Harrison Center for the Arts Harrison Center for the Arts All counties
Holly’s House, Inc. Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick
Hoosier Uplands Afterschool Program Lawrence, Orange, and Washington Counties
Indiana Women In Need Foundation (I.W.I.N.) all counties of Indiana are eligible
Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition Marion County and surrounding counties
Jefferson County Transitional Services, Inc. All counties
Little Oaks Ranch, Inc. Hendricks and Putnam
Muncie Children’s Museum Allen, Blackford, Grant, Henry, Hancock, Howard, Jay, Marion, Madison, Randolph, Wells, and Wayne.
RemedyLIVE All counties
Riley Teen Leadership Council In development Mainly Marion, Hamilton, and Hendricks County, but participants can be from any county in the state.
RiverBend Cancer Services St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Starke, Marshall, Kosciusko, Wabash
Room Full of SIsters N/A Marion County
School on Wheels Corp Marion County
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf All counties
St. Marks United Church of Christ Floyd County
Teachers Warehouse Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, and Owen counties
The Salvation Army Indiana Marion County
Tipton Cam, Inc. Tipton County
Trinity Horizons, Inc. dba Trinity Life Ministry 30 plus Indiana counties
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. Marion County
Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Indianapolis, Avondale Meadows Center Marion County
Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana c/o Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Foundation Marion County
YWCA of Evansville, IN Vanderburgh County

The Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation is a 501 ( c ) (3). The First Lady receives no compensation. Donations are tax deductible. Learn more about how to make a donation or request a grant on the Foundation’s website at:

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