Chesterton Family at Boys & Girls Club in Chesterton

Chesterton Family Receive First-Hand View of Their Positive Impact

School is out for summer, but that didn’t slow the buzz of activity within Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Duneland Club. In fact, there is a new sense of excitement among Club members and staff as they anticipate the groundbreaking for the renovation and expansion of their building! Officially launched to the public, Duneland Capital Campaign also is creating great excitement within the Chesterton community. This effort, raising nearly $3 million of its $4 million campaign goal, is credited to many donors who are committed to making the vision of the Duneland Club a reality.

One such family, catching this excitement of providing a “new” Club for the children of Chesterton, includes Mark and Kim Abbett and their four children. The Abbett family made a significant gift toward the campaign – but their interest in Boys & Girls Clubs as a valuable community resource goes much further than their bighearted investment. On June 15, 2015 – the Abbett Family visited to the Club to witness the true impact their generosity is making on the lives of Children.

Welcomed by Club member, Skyler, the Abbetts received a most enthusiastic tour by a little girl who can’t wait for her “new” Club taking a precious moment to show Kim Abbett the color plans for the additions to the building.

As the tour progressed, the Abbett family was greeted by walls covered in artwork created by members, a computer lab filled with children who know all about Internet safety thanks to the NetSmartz program, a gymnasium with healthy and physical fitness activities taking place, a learning center with youth engaged in Summer Brain Gain lessons, and a Teen Room where older Club members have a space to call their own.

“Our Duneland Club is brimming with children just full of potential – and the Abbett family knows this. Their commitment to the new Club goes beyond the walls of our renovated building; it stretches into the future because our “new” Club will continue to be a place of hope and opportunity for many generations of children. For this, we are grateful for their willingness to share their treasure, and the interest they have on the successful development of our Club members,” states Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County.

The visit ended with the Abbett’s four children participating in an art room project where they made colorful jellyfish out of Styrofoam bowls, paints, and colorful yarn and a family picture in front of the Club’s marquee thanking this amazing family for caring.

“When we visited and walked into the Club, we immediately saw the need for more space. Kids were just filling the hallways. The programs are amazing, and any child would benefit from being part of the Club. What impressed us most were the wonderful children and their stories. Those kids are the future of Porter County, and we are happy to be part of it,” stated Kim Abbett.