2017-06-06 / Front Page

The Castle awarded $12,300 by 100 Plus Men

Left to Right - Dave Murray, Emily Knuth, Beth Benedix, Scott Davis, Chuck Schroeder, Kara Jedele, Paul Jedele (Courtesy photo) Left to Right - Dave Murray, Emily Knuth, Beth Benedix, Scott Davis, Chuck Schroeder, Kara Jedele, Paul Jedele (Courtesy photo) At the first meeting of 2017 100 Plus Men Who Care of Putnam County awarded The Castle $12,300. The funds will support and expand The Castle’s mission to reach all students in Putnam County. Founded in 2011, The Castle was the outcome of many sessions and the inspiration of teachers, artists, and community members to offer free workshops in partner schools to maximize the opportunity for creative problem-solving and nurture self-expression for kids. Beth Benedix, Director of The Castle, reports on the organizations website (www.castlearts.org) “Our pilot program was launched in January 2012 in one elementary school…currently the Castle serves approximately 1200 kids in 4 partner schools.” “Our goal is to serve every kid in all four districts of Putnam County.” She notes in her message.

On Thursday, June 8th 100 Plus Men will meet at the Inn at DePauw at 5:30 p.m. for the second time in 2017 to award over $12,000 to another Putnam County charity. “It is remarkable that four times a year, in less than 90 minutes, we can gather and make such a big local impact.” observed Chuck Schroeder, a steering committee member.

Scott Davis, the organizer of the Putnam County Chapter of 100 Men Who Care, summarized his experiences, “The men supporting this organization have been amazing! Together, we will have awarded $160,000 to 9 different LOCAL non-profits. And on June 8th, I get to say that I am giving away another $12,400. Me, Scott Davis; and so can each one of our 124 members as we combine our $100 checks.”

The organization continues to welcome new members with the goal of exceeding the membership of 126 men at the end of 2016. Men from all walks of life and experiences are welcome. “We continue to add new men who don’t have time in their busy life to volunteer, but want to make a significant impact for those with needs”. Todd Lewis, a member of the committee from Cloverdale stated, “The county wide participation has been amazing! Guys are having FUN! They love that their $100 check adds up to a $12,000 plus donation to a deserving local charity.” he observed.

The Putnam County chapter is one several 100+ Men Who Care chapters nationally. Following the national model,

100+MEN meets four times a year to award a big check to a Putnam County 501c3 charity. In the two years since their founding in 2015, this local chapter obtained over $108,000 for local charities and created a $45,000 Community Grants Endowment at the Putnam County Foundation.

Interested men are encouraged to visit their website www.100plusmen.com for general information as well as application forms (click on the “Join Us” icon). Or, check out their Facebook page, 100+ Men of Putnam County. Additionally, 100+MWC encourages any male board member of local 501c3 charities to join so they can nominate themselves and have an opportunity for a $12,000+ donation. Scott Davis is available to answer any questions at 765-653-8663.

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