DEAN AND BARBARA WHITE MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

OVERVIEW

$10 MILLION

FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTION

$14 MILLION

PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONS

$24 MILLION

FACILITY COST

95,000-SQ FT

MULTI-USE COMMUNITY SPACE

The facility totals 95,000 square feet, and its mission aligns with the Foundation’s values of providing access to quality education, enhancing communities, and contributing to the sustainable economic and social wellbeing of Northwest Indiana.

On March 1, 2021, the facility opened its doors to promote health and a greater quality-of-life for residents of all ages. Its features include a gymnasium outfitted with three basketball courts, six volleyball courts, an elevated jogging track, pickleball, a two-story rock-climbing wall, a fitness center, administrative offices, three meeting and event spaces, a multi-functional athletic field, and an outdoor patio.

COMMUNITY IMPACT

ONE

The center is a positive force for the youth in the community, promoting teamwork, reinforcing healthy habits, and developing their social and leadership skills.

TWO

Clubs and programs promote active living for all ages. This includes nutrition classes, summer camps, art classes, yoga, dance, and team sports.

THREE

The center engages residents through safe, inclusive environments, educational opportunities, and cultural activities.

FOUR

The center brings enhances tourism through tournaments and events.

FIVE

The center offers versatile space for weddings, meetings, and educational seminars.

SIX

The center further develops Merrillville’s economic health by enhancing the Broadway Corridor and driving new development and redevelopment opportunities.

Words cannot begin to express the Town’s gratitude for this enormously generous donation from the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation”

Words cannot begin to express the Town’s gratitude for this enormously generous donation from the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation”

Councilman Shawn Pettit
Merrillville Redevelopment Commission President

KEY PARTNERS

In addition to the Foundation’s lead gift, the following partners supported the Dean and Barbara White Community Center and support our passion for investing in opportunities that enhance Indiana’s quality of life.

CORPORATE PARTNERS

  • Bozak Automotive Group

  • Centier Bank

  • Merrillville Rotary Club

  • Southlake Pentecostal

  • Methodist Hospital

  • Architectural Bronze and Aluminum Corporation

  • Mike Anderson Chevrolet

  • Horizon Bank

  • Core Construction

  • Merrillville Pop Warner

  • Town of Merrillville

  • NIPSCO

  • McDonald’s

  • Commercial In-sites

  • Weiss Entities

  • Meyers Glaros

  • Pruzin Funeral Services

The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation is proud to be a partner because Dean and Barbara and the entire White family have been and will continue to be about partnerships that improve the lives of all. My mom and dad believed that a place is home because of the people in it. True potential is unlocked when they all come together.”

The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation is proud to be a partner because Dean and Barbara and the entire White family have been and will continue to be about partnerships that improve the lives of all. My mom and dad believed that a place is home because of the people in it. True potential is unlocked when they all come together.”

Bruce White
Trustee with the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation

IN THE NEWS

Opening day at the Dean and Barbara White Community Center

NWI TIMES
JULY 18, 2021

A full size gym inside the Dean and Barbara White Community Center

POST-TRIBUNE
MAY 26, 2021

Woman walking the track at the Dean and Barbara White Community Center

POST-TRIBUNE
MAR 01, 2021

LOCATION