Pacers Foundation Awards 16 Grants at Spring Meeting

58 Indiana Organizations Receive $372,500 During FY ‘17/18

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pacers Foundation concluded its fiscal year at its spring board meeting by awarding $62,500 in grants to 16 youth-serving organizations.

For the year, the Foundation provided $372,500 in grants to 58 organizations throughout Indiana, including agencies in Fort Wayne, Evansville, Terre Haute and Muncie.

Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $7 million in grants.

“As we recognize our 25th year of charitable giving, we are gratified to know that the Foundation has assisted in creating positive experiences for a generation of Indiana youth and the agencies that serve them,” said Foundation Chairperson Rick Fuson, President and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “We are grateful to those who support the Foundation through our two major fundraisers, the Masquerade and our annual golf outing; the purchase of Foundation license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles; and CNO Financial Group, which continues to donate $50 for every three-pointer made by our Pacers during home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.”

At its spring meeting, the Board approved the following grants:

  • Ascent 121, Carmel, for teen survivors of human sex trafficking.
  • Chaucie’s Place, Carmel, for a Body Safety Program for Children.
  • Children’s Bureau, Indianapolis, for the Rachel Glick Courage Center.
  • Domestic Violence Network, Indianapolis, for its Relationships Smarts Plus Program.
  • Girls Inc of Greater Indianapolis for its Bold Programs.
  • Girls Talk Inc., Indianapolis, for its STEM and Career Conference for teenage girls.
  • Hear Indiana, Indianapolis, for its Listening and Spoken Language Camp.
  • Indianapolis Black Alumni Council for its HBCU College Fair.
  • Independence Academy, Indianapolis, for its Autism Program.
  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for its Summer Reading Program.
  • Kids Dance Outreach, Indianapolis, for its In-School Program.
  • Marion Country Commission on Youth for its Natural Caregivers Program.
  • Noble, Inc., Indianapolis, for its Day Camps.
  • Patachou Foundation, for its IPS food security initiative.
  • TeamSmile, for its youth dental examination and treatment program.
  • Teenworks, for its summer jobs program.

At the spring meeting, the board also ratified grants from its winter meeting that was canceled by weather. Those grants included:

  • Achieve International, Carmel, for its Achieve Academy.
  • Assistance League of Indianapolis, for Operation School Bell.
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of East Central Indiana, Muncie, for its One-To-One Mentoring program.
  • The Bloom Project, Indianapolis, for its Project King Mentoring Program.
  • Brightwood Community Center, Indianapolis, for its SPARK summer enrichment program.
  • Camptown, Inc., Indianapolis, for its Wilderness Adventure Club.
  • Conexus STEMfest, Indianapolis.
  • The Gurl Code, Indianapolis, for its Gurl Code Curriculum program.
  • Hope Academy, Indianapolis, for its Summer of Hope program.
  • Indianapolis Freedom School Partnership, for its summer literacy program.
  • The League, Terre Haute, for its Clothes Closet and Dental Education programs.
  • National FFA Foundation, for its Gift of Blue program.
  • RightFit, Indianapolis, for its after-school program.
  • Stop The Violence Indy, for its Leadership Together summit fostering better relations with IPS students and public safety.
  • Str8Up, Indianapolis, for its Character Camps.
  • Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, Fort Wayne, for its Summer Day Camps..
  • YouthFirst, Evansville, for its youth social work program.

Other Foundation items of note from the spring meeting:

Brent Rockwood, Senior Vice President for Corporate, Community and Public Relations for Pacers Sports & Entertainment, was voted on to the board. Current board member Bill Benner will remain on the board and assume the role of executive director on July 1.

Sales of Pacers Foundation license plates are exceeding last year’s pace with 404 purchased or renewed through March 31st. The Foundation receives $25 for each plate purchased or renewed.

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.