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July 2, 2014

First Lady Karen Pence awards grant to Best Buddies Indiana

Award will support Best Buddies Indiana's school friendship programs across the state

First Lady Karen Pence hosted the first-ever reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s residence on June 25, where she awarded $22,000 to 28 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state. Best Buddies Indiana was represented by Natalie Seibert and Kristen Johnson, who were on hand to receive the award.

“When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts,” Pence said, in a press release. “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.”

“Best Buddies Indiana is one of those organizations that is doing great work for our Hoosier children and families, and it is an honor to recognize them today,” she said.

Pence started 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. Throughout the year, the Foundation will recognize organizations with smaller grants.

“These grants are a first step toward making a big impact in recognizing these deserving organizations. We hope it can help give them a boost and bring more interest to their causes,” Pence said.

“These organizations are the backbone and the heart of our communities. The Best Buddies Indiana represents the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, and we thank them for their service.”

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