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Jackie Shoemaker - Artist, Paul Clarke - Everyday Star (H-7)

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Jackie Shoemaker
Artist
Parkview Staff 

Paul Clarke
Everyday Star

Paul Clarke began his career in Cleveland as a private practice attorney for 28 years.  At the height of his career, he moved to Fort Wayne in 1954 to take a position with North American Van Lines making one-third of what he was making in Cleveland.  Paul was key in the growth of North American Van Lines and retired from there in 1970.  When he retired, Mr. Clarke became the executive director of the Fort Wayne Community Foundation which is now the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.  As executive director, Paul Clarke and his wife contributed millions of dollars through stock donations.  These donations were the source of rapid growth for the Foundation after 1985.  These gifts created two funds that provided charitable grants: The Paul Clarke Foundation and the Advised Clarke Endowment Fund.

The Paul Clarke Foundation supported programs helping disadvantaged youth and their families, with a primary focus on the inner city of Fort Wayne.  These programs included:

  • A grant of $34,014 was awarded to the Wayne Township Trustee's Office for the Computer Explorers Camp, a summer camp experience designed to teach inner-city children about computer technology.
  • Black College Alumni Association: $8,000 for the annual Spring College Tour that provides high school and secondary students exposure to historically black colleges and universities to encourage them to attend and graduate from college.
  • Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc.: $20,000 fir Kids Cafe, a before and after school program that provides free meals and snacks to children who are at risk of hunger.
  • Fort Wayne Women's Bureau, Inc.: $22,174 for radKIDS, a nationally recognized rape awareness program that teaches children ages 5 to 11 how to recognize, avoid and escape violence and abuse.
  • Gingerbread House Inc.: $12,500 initial payment of an up to $50,000 contingent award for childcare scholarships for low income families.
  • HealthVisions Midwest Inc., fiscal sponsor for the Fort Wayne African American Cancer Alliance Inc.: $13,630 for the Down Home Healthy Living Program aimed at decreasing colorectal cancer risk for black Americans through diet, physical activity, and awareness of early detection and screening.
  • University of Saint Francis: $11,442 for the Pre-College Summer Arts Academy, a three-week summer art education program that offers at-risk high school students the opportunity to study the visual arts, work with professional artists, visit area art studios, galleries and museums, and develop their own portfolios for college entrance and scholarship applications.
From 1992 to 2006, The Paul Clarke Foundation distributed more than $10.6 million to nonprofit organizations in our community.