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NEWS: Crowdfunding campaign launched for Don and Vi Lebrun Gateway Project

Source: Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA)


Crowdfunding campaign launched for “Don & Vi Lebrun Gateway” Project

$30,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program

SOUTH WHITLEY – Soon South Whitley residents will be able to better connect to downtown and catch a movie thanks to a recently launched crowdfunding campaign. The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority(IHCDA) and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity. The campaign is led by the South Whitley Parks and Recreation Department.

“Playgrounds are an excellent way to bring individuals of all ages and abilities together,” said Carmen Lethig, Placemaking Manager for IHCDA. “Through this campaign, a vacant lot will be transformed into a gateway into Downtown South Whitley.”

If the campaign reaches its $30,000 goal by April 20, 2019 the “Don & Vi Lebrun Gateway” project will receive a matching grant of $30,000 from IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

Click here for project details and to donate.

The funding raised during this campaign will allow the South Whitley Parks and Recreation to activate the now empty lot, the former home of the Kent Theater, and turn it into a park. This park aims to honor the legacy of former owners Don and Vi Lebrun and serve as a gateway to downtown South Whitley. The space will feature a stage and provide an opportunity to restore the space to its origin with an outdoor theater.

“The new gateway park in South Whitley will allow an area of downtown to become the focal point of togetherness and engagement for our community. It will bring the community together to create a unique space for public events, outdoor movies, small concerts and great conversations. The parks and recreation department is very excited to create a space such as this in downtown South Whitley,” said Jeff Beer, President of the South Whitley Parks Department.

“The opportunity to honor the legacy of Don and Vi Lebrun and create a community park that respects the original use of the space will benefit South Whitley residents and serves as a central connector to downtown South Whitley ,” said Riley Hollenbaugh, Director of Workforce & Community Development.

Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised in excess of $1,980,000 in public funds and an additional $1,693,000 in matching IHCDA funds.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.


IHCDA, chaired by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit www.ihcda.in.gov or www.in.gov/myihcda.