FORT WAYNE—The Euell Wilson Center was born 20 years ago out of tragic circumstances. Euell Wilson was an outstanding student/athlete, first at Bishop Dwenger High School, then at a Chicago junior college. He passed away from natural causes at the age of 19.
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 25, the Euell Wilson Center will acknowledge their many success stories over the past 20 years.
“Euell’s two goals in life were to play in the NFL and work with disadvantaged youth. Since he was unable to realize those goals, I strongly believed I could honor one of his goals by working with youth and families in this community,” said Wilson’s mother, Shirley Woods, executive director of the center.
More than 300 celebrants are expected to attend the celebratory reception. They will enjoy hors d’ oeuvres and other finger foods from some of Fort Wayne’s most awarded restaurants.
The Euell Wilson Center is strongly focused on the services that they offer, including:
• After school homework/tutoring;
• Performing arts programs;
• Life skills;
• Healthy lifestyles, and
• Spiritual development programs.
The center has an impressive success rate, reaching out, touching the youth and families of this community.
“We wanted to put something together where our supporters, foundations, companies and individuals, who all saw the vision that our youth are our future, could be involved in this opportunity to honor everyone connected with the center,” said Woods.
Woods has been the executive director of the Euell Wilson Center since it’s inception. The center started in her backyard with 15 youth in 1993.
For more information, call the Euell Wilson Center at (260) 456-2917.