Our Sponsors

It is through the generosity of these individuals, families, businesses and organizations that the Challenger Learning Center has been able to inspire and engage over 250,000 students.  The Challenger Learning Center Staff and Board of Directors is truly grateful for all gifts – no matter the size or quantity. Every gift makes a difference in how we develop and facilitate programs that are designed to engage and inspire the students who will engineer and build a strong, viable future for our country.

Stellar Club ($50,001 or more)

– Web Cornwell
– Congressman Peter J. Visclosky
– Hammond Optimist Club
– Portage Township Schools

– State Representative Dan Stevenson

– State Representative Tim Fesko

– Build Indiana Funds (State of Indiana)

– Whiteco Industries Inc.

– BP Amoco

– City of Hammond and Hammond City Council
– Highland Schools

– John W. Anderson Foundation
– Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)
– Lilly Endowment Inc.
- Legacy Foundation (Transforming Lake County)

- Merrillville Community Schools

– Dean and Barbara White Foundation
– ArcelorMittal


Endeavor ($10,001- $50,000)

– The Post Tribune 
– NWI Times 
– Hobart Schools
– City of Crown Point 
– Crown Point School Corporation 
– Citizens Financial Services
– FSB
– Griffith Schools 
– Mercantile National Bank
– Crown Point Community Foundation
– Pinnacle Bank 
– The Discovery Alliance 
– Lake County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 
– Chris and Dede Morrow Foundation
– Praxair Foundation 
– AT&T Foundation
– NECA-IBEW 697


Challenger ($1,001- $10,000)

– Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana

– Indiana Space Grant Consortium

– Lake County School-to-Work Partnership

– Kenneth and Marjorie Mills

www.catholicforester.org/">– Catholic Order of Foresters

– Michigan City

– Enrichment Corporation

– Crown Point Chamber of Commerce

– Crown Point

– Kiwanis Club

– Lake Station Schools

– Crown Point Rotary Club

– Munster Rotary Club

– Richard and Bette Oesterle

– St. Anthonys Medical Center

– Sand Ridge Bank

– Phyllis Ross Jeff Oesterle

– Security Federal Bank

– NBD Bank

– Bank Calumet

– Ms. Linda J. McClaughry-Erwin

– First National Bank of Chicago

www.wendys.com">– Wendy’s Restaurant

– Chris Morrow

– St. Marys School-Griffith

– Tim and Frankie Fesko Van-Til Foundation

– U.S.Steel/Gary Works City of Gary – Mayor Scott King

– Purdue University Calumet

www.firstmidwest.com">– USA First Midwest Bank

– Don and Margo Powers

-IBEW/NECA Merrillville


Apollo ($501- $1,000)

– BP Amoco Foundation
– MBC Office Products Inc.
– Highland Rotary Club
– Sign-A-Rama
– Philippines Professionals Association
– Southlake Net Inc.
– Legacy Foundation
– Ed Radigan Family
– Mary Austgen Bank
– One State Line Energy
– L.L.C.
– Hammond Urban Enterprise
– Gamma Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa
– Purdue Research Foundation
– Bill Wellman
– The Gintert Family
– Jennifer Vavrek
– Marty Wielgos
– Speros Batistatos


Pioneer ($101- $500)

– Pat Callahan

– C. Clifton Chancey

– Austgen Electric Inc.

– Marie Russo

– R. J. “Babe” Woodward Bette

– Leslie & Molly Oesterle

– Calumet Section-The Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers Inc.

– Lake Street School

– Crown Point Lions Club

– Schmidt Associates, Inc.

– Lester Weiss

– Tim Fealy

– Francis DuPey

– Cerestar USA Inc.

– John and Linda Sapyta

– Carolyn Devaney

– Kiwanis Club of Portage

– Golden Times

– Carroll Chevrolet

– Art Hill

– Donna Retson

– Ms. Terrie L. Farrenkopf

– Mr. Douglas C. Vawter

– Dow Agro Sciences

– Justin Whitesell

– Kevin and Catherine Ferguson

– Michael and Michele Barrett

– Shomir Sil

– Margaret Valenzuela

– Students & Staff Portage Township Middle Schools

– Construction Advancement Foundation

– Richard Olesek

– The Sammon Family

– The Austgen Family

– Challenger Learning Center Staff Karen Compton Erwin and Kristin McKone

– Gloria Gentlman

– Chris & Judy Leliaert

– Councilman Daniel Repay

– The Daake Family

– Weil-McLane

– LaHayne Funeral Home, Inc.

– The Maynard Family

– CJ Printing Ahepa

– Charities #78 of Merrillville

– Charles & Julie Costa

– Michael & Millie Kobe

– Robert & Jennifer Vavrek

– Robert & Majel Rivers

– Jan Olesek

– Cargill Cares Council - Hammond


Skylab ($100)

– Hammond Woodmar Lions Club
– Calumet City Lions Club
– Brenda and Gregory Kovich
– Gary and Marcia Alexander
– Lake County Surveyor George Van Til
– Dean Larson Kathleen
– Tobin-Schlesinger
– Joey and Mandy Rattazzi
– Larry Winkleman
– Griffith Savings Bank
– Mrs. Lorraine L. Durham
– Friends of Linda Myron and Linda Nidetz
– South Lake County Shrine Club
– Kiwanis Club of Highland
– The Belush Family
– Jan Rattazzi (In Memory of Bill Hart)
– Ric Frataccia
– Tom Dabertin
– Councilman Robert Markovich
– John and Karen Kovach
– The Zukanovich Family
– St. Mary School, Griffith, IN
– Sandy Stevens
– Frank J. Mrvan, North Township Trustee
– Carl J. Polk Elementary School
– Andrea Golarz Ziemba
– Jerome and Lois Banik
– Clare & Kay Gierich
– Bill & Barb Cataldi
– Ken Allen Law
– Newins Access Auto Insurance


In-Kind Donors

– NWI Times

– The Post Tribune

– Jewel-Osco

– Bill Fett

– McDonalds Restaurants of Northwest Indiana

– Pepsi

– Cola General Bottlers Inc.

– Jim Perry

– Carpet Liquidators Outlet

– Papa Johns Pizza

– Hungry Howies Pizza & Subs

– Meijers

– Van Tils

– Ultra Foods

– Kwik Kopy

– Sign-A-Rama

– Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center

– Gordon Food Service, Inc.

– Briar Ridge Country Club

– William Wozniak

– Southwest Airlines

– AirTran Airways

– Adler Planetarium

– Museum of Science & Industry

– Andrea Rivera

– Chicagoland Concrete

– Steve Easton, Scuba Instructor

– Robert Hughes, Scuba Instructor

– Scuba Instructor, Sue

– Scuba Instructor, Angela

– Scuba Instructor, Brian

– Strack and VanTil

– Hammond YMCA

– Scott Petersen

– Dive Right In Scuba – Rod Pederson

– Babilla Roofing

– Todd, Brad, Trevor and Wesley Petersen

– Dave and Michael Shanks

– Peter, Kelli and Michael Biancardi

– Kelly O'Day and Kat Cearing

– Bill & Nancy Belei

– John Manis

– Ben Vickers

– Rick Fenno


Teacher Grant Fund Donors

– Citizens Savings Foundation Bank
– The John W. Anderson Foundation
– Mercantile Bank
– Ruth Cornwell
– Challenger Learning Center 5-Year Anniversary Attendees
– BP Amoco
– Morrow Family Foundation
– Arcelor Mittal
– Mortar Net


Stars and Strikes Sponsors

– Hoeppner Wagner & Evans
– Mechanical Concepts
– Hammond Optimist Club
– Swartz Retson
– Mortar Net
– NIPSCO
– NWI Building and Construction
– Trades Community Foundation IBEW 697
– Horseshoe Casino
– City of Crown Point
– City of Hammond
– ArcelorMittal
– BMO Harris
– Bellsom Electric
– Hammond Sanitary District
– Hammond Water Department
– Hammond Marina

Space Race Sponsors

Magiera Diesel Injection
– Dluzak and Associates
– Hutton and Hutton Architects
– Don Gray State Farm Insurance
– IU Credit Union
– Zig E’s Funland
– Don Powers Agency
– MA Dilts and Associates
– Family Flyer
– Carriage Court Pizza
– Power Bar
– Centier Bank
– City of Crown Point
– Kelly and David Walden
– Laszlo & Popp, P.C.
– Law Offices of David Gladish
– Monosol EC
– Pepsi
– DJ Donnie


A special thanks to the Crown Point Community Foundation for their assistance with the funding the redevelopment of this website.