To assist the Center for Leadership Development with its mission to foster minority youth in central Indiana, Allison Transmission donated $100,000 during the organization’s 38th annual Minority Achievers Awards and Scholarship Gala on Thursday.
“We are overwhelmed by Allison’s tremendous contribution,” said Dennis Bland, president of CLD. “Not only are we deeply grateful for the gift, but we are humbled by the trust and confidence Allison has placed in our capacity to cultivate youth so that they reach their full potential.”
Allison Chairman and CEO Larry Dewey presented the surprise check to Bland just before the conclusion of the event at the Indiana Convention Center. Allison also served as a sponsor of the gala.
“The Center for Leadership Development is one of central Indiana’s most impactful organizations,” said Dewey. “Their principles for success and their incredible variety of programs enable the youth in our community to become prepared for college and careers at little to no cost for the participants.”
CLD’s mission is to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment.
“CLD has a vision of nurturing hundreds of youth across Indianapolis and central Indiana to become outstanding students and outstanding people,” said Bland. “Allison’s $100,000 gift will help us realize this bold vision. We look forward to building a broader and deeper pipeline of talent who will continue to help employers meet their needs.”
For youth in grades 4-12, CLD provides an array of programs that range from tutoring in math and English, to helping families finance college. Last year, the organization’s 40th anniversary, more than 4,000 students and individuals participated in its programs, including a record 1,062 first-time African-American males. Additionally, CLD’s college and community partners awarded $3.2 million in full and partial scholarships to 48 CLD scholars.
“I want to challenge more companies and individuals to support CLD financially and through volunteering,” said Dewey. “As a company, we’ve seen firsthand some of the students who’ve benefitted from CLD services and scholarships who eventually became Allison employees. Some of those individuals have seen their children benefit from the organization too.”
Earlier during the gala, Dewey also presented CLD’s Achievement in Business & Industry Award to Ryan Lynch, a pilot for Indianapolis-based Republic Airline.