Boys and Girls Club ‘Young Man of the Year’ finalists announced

| September 6, 2017

Special to Frost Illustrated

FORT WAYNE—Five finalists have been named for the annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne “Young Man of the Year” award. The winner will be announced

at the Passport To Manhood breakfast scheduled to be held at 7:30 a.m., Sept. 14, at the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation on the Parkview north campus. Tom Kelley, guest speaker, will also be honored as the club’s “Man of the Year” during the event.

The five finalists are:

• Anthony Vegara, age 12, grade 6 at Heritage Elementary;

• Nataveon Jones, age 10, grade 5 at Timothy L. Johnson Academy;

• Edward Wright, age 12, grade 5 at Lane Middle School;

• Cedric Underwood, age 15, grade 10, Snider High School, and

• Kashawn Wilson, age 17,  grade 12 at Northside.

The Passport to Manhood program is a year-ong program that teaches young men about healthy minds, bods and relationships to develop them into productive, caring and responsible citizens.

About 300 boys from financially challenged homes are involved in the Passport program.The luncheon event cost is $75 and can be purchased online at or by calling Debby Stellwagen at (260) 744-0998 (extension 110).

“Man of the Year” Tom Kelley is a well known, successful business person, entrepreneur and philanthropist who oversees Buick, GMC, Volvo, Ford, Chevy and Cadillac dealerships in the area. He was a founder of Sycamore Hills Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed course, in Fort Wayne.

In 2003 he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by then governor Frank O’Bannon and in 2014 he was recipient of the Mad

Anthony’s Red Coat.

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