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Local business scores big for charities

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Posted at 11:31 PM, Mar 12, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-12 23:31:17-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A local business has found a way for all of us to give big to local charities. Peterman Brothers has kicked off its bracket-style charity showdown.

WRTV's Amber Grigley spoke with two organizations that made it to the second round.

“Oh, it does so many things. It helps us reach so many more kids," Caitlin Bain, Chief Development Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters said.

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"We want to do more projects and finish the turf project and finish our dog park," Michael Futch, Chief Development Officer for IndyHumane said.

A lot can happen when there's more funding to go around.

"The way that you compete in this is by votes," Bain said.

The bracket started with 64 charities, before the end of March, they'll be narrowed down to four winners.

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Peterman Brothers will take $5 from each protection club service call and split it evenly between the winners.

"Last year Peterman Brothers donated $92,000 that benefited four organizations. So, we're aiming to be one of those four," Bain said.

Charities like Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We've had great success with many of our volunteers around the community," Bain said.

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And IndyHumane racked up a lot of votes in the first week.

"We understand that so often the shelters, we aren't the first to think of because you think of homelessness and food insecurity, but your animals they are going through whatever you're going through," Futch said.

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Although it's a friendly competition, these organizations say that being nominated to participate speaks to what they have done in the community.

"If nothing else, this also gives us a great opportunity in front of more audiences because our greatest need right now is for volunteers. we have over 1,000 young people that are waiting for mentors," Bain said.

"We deal with animal welfare, fostering, and adoption. We want to help our community engagement and summer enrichment program," Futch said.

Here's a list of the participating charities still in the competition.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
  • Special Olympics of Hancock County
  • AccessAbility Indiana
  • Horizon House
  • Dare to Dream Youth Ranch
  • Indy Honor Flight
  • Holy Family Homeless Shelter
  • Just Friends Adult Day Services
  • Hear Indiana
  • My Autism Ally
  • Beacon of Hope
  • Dove Recovery House for Women
  • Piper's Purpose
  • Fire Angels
  • Fort Wayne Pride
  • Bartholomew County Humane Society
  • FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic
  • Indy Vet House, Inc.
  • IndyHumane (Indianapolis Humane Society)
  • Oinking Acres Farm Rescue and Sanctuary
  • Paws & Think
  • Wildcare, Inc
  • Quilts for Kids Lafayette Indiana
  • Impact Center Food Pantry (Difference Makers)
  • Bethany Community Gardens
  • The Gathering Together
  • Giving Grace
  • Indiana Wish
  • Resources of Hope
  • Packing Hope
  • Indy Community Pantry

You have until Sunday at midnight to vote your charity to the next round.