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Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce to form working group to study Tolson Center’s future

Thursday, June 28, 2018
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(Elkhart, Indiana) The Community Foundation of Elkhart County and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce are forming a group to look at how the Tolson Center could be utilized to benefit Elkhart families in the future.

Pete McCown, president of the Community Foundation, and Levon Johnson, Chamber president, will co-chair a community conversation focused on finding solutions for the center. Details will be forthcoming.

Tolson Center is set to close following a summer camp after a majority of the Elkhart City Council voted not to continue funding through the end of the year. The city of Elkhart has operated Tolson for 25 years, primarily as a youth center.

“We hope that by convening this group and hearing from the community, we learn what could be the next chapter for the Tolson Center,” said McCown.

Johnson added, “Tolson Center has been a contributor in the lives of many and we hope to bring community resources together so it can continue empowering and equipping young people and others.”

The working group will meet and begin brainstorming potential solutions in the coming weeks.



Pete McCown, President of Community Foundation of Elkhart County; 574-295-8761

Levon Johnson, President/CEO of Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce; 574-293-1531


About Community Foundation of Elkhart County
Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County. The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success.

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About Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce represents and serves member businesses and the community. We will promote the interests of members and the community in the areas of business, government, education and their professions through direction and leadership of investors and the Chamber staff.

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