CARMEL – Three Hamilton County not-for-profits each received a surprise $5,000 grant at tonight’s Celebration of Philanthropy, which was hosted by Legacy Fund, the community foundation serving Hamilton County and a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate.

Recycled Cycles, Nickel Plate Arts and Eleven Fifty Academy received the surprise grants as part of the inaugural Legacy Fund Community Pillar Award presentation.

The Pillar Awards honored individuals doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three leadership areas – college readiness and success, family success and inspiring places. Recipients of the award were honored at the event and awarded $5,000 each to grant to the Hamilton County not-for-profit of their choice.

  • Family Success: Nancy Chance, executive director of Good Samaritan Network, awarded $5,000 grant to Recycled Cycles, which reclaims and recycles gently used bicycles for Hamilton County and prepares them for families who might not be able to afford a new or used bicycle.
  • College Readiness and Success: Alex Volyk, admissions advisor at Eleven Fifty Academy awarded $5,000 grant to Eleven Fifty Academy, a not-for-profit coding school that aims to help close the nation’s growing technology skills gap.
  • Inspiring Places: Darren Peterson, architect at Peterson Architecture, awarded $5,000 to Nickel Plate Arts, which supports, promotes and provides outstanding arts experiences along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad.

A not-for-profit showcase, featuring nearly 50 local not-for-profit organizations, kicked-off Celebration of Philanthropy’s 9th year and provided guests with the opportunity to meet and learn about not-for-profits in Hamilton County.