Indianapolis Men Tackle Four Projects
November 1, 2005
Wabash men contributed to a variety of projects Oct. 30 in Indianapolis, spreading their good works across the city.
National Wabash Day chairman Jon Pactor ’71 had a big group of workers at The Villages. The Villages is an agency that assists abused children. Linda Adams, wife of Skip Adams ’71, is its director of development. (See photo album of Indy projects.)
Five alumni placed an estimated 200 ribbons at Military Park and along the canal in Indianapolis to promote the March of Dimes' Prematurity Awareness Month, which is November. Dan Witte '92 headed the crew consisting of Fred Miller '76, Mark Dill '75, Hugh Vandivier '91, and Scott Quick '88. The Little Giants had a good time and good weather in their two-hour project.
Yet another group spent time at Thrifty Threads consignment store sorting clothing and helping out in the shop. Thrifty Threads is run by the Julian Center. It takes clothing donations and resells them. Volunteers will be organizing and preparing donated clothing for sale. This component is critical to the store’s success because paid employees substantially defray the donation amount. Thus Thrifty Threads relies almost exclusively on volunteers for this task. Bill Padgett ’92 is on the Julian Center board.
Another group worked landscaping projects at Partners for Housing. Partners In Housing Development Corp. is a non-profit organization that owns and manages facilities to house the homeless and people with special needs. It provides social services with the goal of making the residents self-sufficient. Frank Hagaman ‘72 is the president of PIH.
The group at Partners for Housing may have established a Wabash Day tradition others will need to follow. At the conclusion of their work John Bridge ’72 led the large group in singing "Old Wabash."
In photo: A group that painted at The Villages in Indianapolis take time for a group shot. Grant Benefiel, son of Kevin Benefiel '81, helps Jon Pactor display a Wabash Day t-shirt.