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Foundation awards $93,600 to furnish Maria Reiner Center

 

(HOBART, Indiana) – The City of Hobart and Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, announced a second significant grant for the city’s first dedicated senior center.

Legacy Foundation has approved a $93,600 grant from the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund to furnish the center, which is currently under construction inside the former Hobart Middle School near Fourth and New streets.

The 8,300-square-foot Maria Reiner Center, which will be open to Hobart residents and non-residents age 55 and over, was established with a $100,000 grant through Legacy Foundation in April. The latest award will enable the purchase of furnishings, fitness equipment for the wellness center, and other needs to complete the renovation.

“The Legacy Foundation Board of Directors has once again demonstrated its commitment and willingness to support a vital resource to the community,” Hobart Mayor Brian K. Snedecor said. “Legacy Foundation has partnered with us to make this senior center a reality, providing senior citizens a place that allows social interaction and a place where they can receive important resources. We also thank Maria Reiner for her vision to benefit the seniors of this city.”

Legacy Foundation manages the Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund along with more than 260 other funds providing grants and scholarships to benefit people throughout Lake County. Reiner was a Hobartresident who left her estate to be used for Hobart senior citizens. Past grants from her fund have been used to establish and sustain the highly successful Hobart Senior Transportation Program, which provides low-cost vouchers for participating taxi and bus services, and for cultural and civic events open to seniors.

“Legacy Foundation is proud to steward the financial resources left by Maria Reiner, a generous Hobart citizen and philanthropic visionary, to benefit residents of Hobart,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. “We commend the city’s leaders on identifying the need for services to seniors in the community, and collaborating with Legacy Foundation to develop a solution that will benefit citizens for generations to come.”

The Maria Reiner Center is expected to open this summer. Its services will include a computer learning center, dining area, health and fitness center, and social events such as card playing and movies.

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