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July 1, 2014

Hawthorne Community Center and The Workingman's Friend join forces

Hawthorne Community Center and The Workingman’s Friend have come together to celebrate and honor a community woman in a fund raising event.

Two long-time Westside institutions, The Workingman’s Friend and Hawthorne Community Center, are joining forces in honor of the late Mary Alice Gill-Stamatkin.

Gill-Stamatkin was owner of The Workingman’s Friend for many years. Her recipes are still used today. Mary Alice would have turned 81 years of age in July.

The public is welcome to attend the fund raising event from 5 to 8 p.m. July 11, at The Workingman’s Friend, 234 N Belmont Avenue. The suggested minimum donation is $20 per person, with each person getting free food including: hamburgers, fries, onion rings, iced tea and lemonade, and cash bar.

The funds will be used to name the renovated kitchen at Hawthorne Community Center the Mary Alice Gill-Stamatkin Kitchen.

“Hawthorne is a multipurpose community center that has served the Westside for more than 90 years,” Executive Director Diane Arnold said. “It’s about the neighborhood; we have early childhood and senior citizens programs, before and after school programs and we have 150 children for the summer in the summer day camp where we focus on academics.”

Hawthorne also helps people find jobs, provides emergency assistance and helps families become financially stable.

“It’s a well-rounded place,” Arnold said. “Our current building is 35 years old and needs a total renovation. This $3.5 million campaign will do a renovation, plus add about 10,000 additional square feet for additional programs.”

They have raised about $2.6 million so far with the help of individuals, United Way and their honorary campaign chair, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers.

Donations to the Mary Alice Gill-Stamatkin Kitchen fund will be matched by the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Fund.

Marilyn Shank has been working with Hawthorne Community Center on their capital campaign, and she says now they need to get the community involved.

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