Cornerstone welcomes new board members
The Cornerstone Youth Center recently added four new people to its Board of
Stan Hegerfeld has been a Hoagland resident for 51 years and is a graduate of
Heritage High School. He has worked in the glass industry for 33 years and is cur-
rently president of Premier Glass, Inc. and a partner in East Allen High Speed Inter-
net. Hegerfeld is a member of St. John Lutheran Church Flatrock and also A NEWSLETTER TELLING HOW THE CORNERSTONE YOUTH
a member of the Hoagland Chamber of Commerce, Fort Wayne Chamber, and CENTER IS CHANGING LIVES IN SOUTHEAST ALLEN COUNTY
HAAA . He is married to Nan and has three daughters and one granddaughter.
Sara Rochyby is an associate attorney at Rochyby, Spielman & Flora LLP in Fort
Wayne, where she practices civil litigation, personal injury and estate planning . She
obtained her bachelor’s degree with honors from Texas A&M University – Corpus
July 2008 A Special Night for Seventh Graders
Christi and her law degree with honors from Nova Southeastern University in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. Rochyby grew up in East Allen County, graduating from Woodlan Executive Director
Sara Rochyby Stan Hegerfeld Kent Castleman Calling all seventh graders! You are invited on Wednesday, July
Junior-Senior High School in 2001 and moving to Hoagland in May of 2007. 23 from 6pm to 8pm to have the entire youth center all to your-
Sandy Stults also has lived in Hoagland most of her life, attended St. John Fla- Foundations Editor selves. This night is created just for you to see what the center is all
trock church and school, and graduated from Hoagland High School. She received Kevin House about and to hear about the programs we have to offer. The night is
her degree in speech and hearing, deaf education and physical education from Ball free of charge and includes pizza and pop, an ice cream sundae bar
State University. She continued her education at Indiana University where she re- www.cornerstoneyc.org and many fabulous door prizes. There will be a Nintendo Wii tour-
ceived her Masters degree. Employed at South Adams Elementary as a speech and nament and the outdoor recreation area will be open for a quick
language pathologist, she is the mother of four children and 10 grandchildren.
Austin Will has been reared in Monroeville for 24 years with his large family of
Center hours game of basketball.
Any new members of the center will be asked to fill out a mem-
three sisters and two brothers. He is a graduate of Heritage High School and fur-
Monday – Thursday bership form and return it for future visits. Parents are welcome to
thered his education at Indiana University, Bloomington graduating in 2007 with his tour the facility and be a part of the experience as well.
B.S. in elementary education. While in college he volunteered for Community Part- 3:30 to 6 p.m.
ners in Reading, The Bell and Beyond, and the Indiana Reading and Math Tutor
Team. He just finished his first year of teaching with East Allen County Schools and
is teaching kindergarten at Summer Center—Village Site. He is currently a member Sandy Stults Austin Will
3:30 to 11 p.m. Summer Music Crew ready to roll
of St. Peter Lutheran Church rural Decatur, but will be a member of Holy Cross Lu- Cornerstone’s Summer Music Crew is in the midst of its third
theran Church after his wedding this summer. season, with three concerts scheduled for later this summer.
7 to 11 p.m.
The singers and instrumentalists will perform at 2:30 p.m.
*Note: Junior High Aug. 5 at the Village of Heritage, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at Hope
students leave at 10 p.m. United Methodist Church and 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Harvest
Non-Profit Org Festival. This marks the third straight year the group will
US Postage Paid Friday and Saturday. perform at each of these venues.
Monroeville, In The youth commit a great deal of time to the program. Large
Permit #6 group rehearsals run from noon to 2: 30 p.m. Tuesdays and
Thursdays, while individualized guitar and drumming lessons
occur after the large group practices.
Andy Scheer and Mike Walter are the group’s directors this year. Scheer has been an
independent artist for the last eight years, recording both as a solo artist and with a band.
A recording and touring musician, Walter is the band/choir director for many Fort Wayne
ensembles and recently signed with Retroactive Records and Depth Charge Productions.
First annual Mother/Daughter
Breakfast a success
About 25 mothers and daughters enjoyed Cornerstone’s recent First Annual
Southeast Allen County Mother/Daughter Breakfast at the center.
Five of Cornerstone’s male youth members volunteered several hours on a
Friend & Neighbor Saturday to serve and cook a breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage
links and fruit.
Each mother received a gift of a candle, floral bouquet or gift certificate.
Cornerstone hopes to continue the tradition every year and plans a Father/
Son Cookout in the near future. Thanks to all of the mothers who made this
first year a great experience. All in the Family. Mother Vanessa Spade, right, enjoys
Cornerstone’s First Annual Mother/Daughter Breakfast
with daughters Heather, left, and Samantha Spade.
Donate by logging on to www.cornerstoneyc.org
Thanks to all of
Cornerstone solicits sponsorship of Above and Beyond Drive to raise Volunteers
who make our ongoing programs versus events money for patio and replacement fencing needed for
work a reality!
Cornerstone Executive Director Kent Castleman provides a simple answer for those wondering why
the youth center didn’t stage its annual Bulls and Barrels Rodeo this summer. ―In the past, sponsorship
Needing a little help raising
money for summer projects, Cornerstone
hopes supporters will donate to the Above
money used to pay for the event rather than center programming,‖ Castleman says. ―But sponsors said and Beyond Fund Drive.
By the time Friday rolls around each
they gave the money to us to support the center and not the event, so this year we asked them for dona- The center wants to further spruce up
week, youth at the center are ready for
tions for the programming and not the event. We wanted to be good stewards of the money sponsors give its Outdoor Activity Area with a hand-laid
something different. The goal of Fun
us and to ensure it went to the youth.‖ brick patio adjacent to its new bandstand/
Fridays is to provide something special
The other primary reason for dropping Bulls and Barrels is that it frees up Cornerstone staff to work storage facility. Cornerstone needs $1,500
that gets the weekend off to an exciting
with youth rather than plan the rodeo. The time it took to organize and stage the event was monumental to finish the project. ―We are excited that
when the time could have been spent developing new programs or spending time with the youth. we might possibly be a United Way Day of
So far, Fun Fridays have been food-
Castleman said the rodeo cost about $15,000 to stage each year and while sponsorship money usually Caring site to help with this project. If this
oriented, and both guys and girls have
covered that amount, it did not guarantee the weather would be good or a large crowd would attend. happens, we need to have the supplies pur-
prepared ―puppy chow‖ and baked cook-
Therefore, profit was not always predictable, and the organization as a whole felt this was the move to chased by the end of July‖ said Barbara
Storage facility. Cornerstone recently added a ies. Continuing in the food vein, several
make. ―The board decided it was just too big a risk with the funds,‖ Castleman says. While the risk was a Salveter, Center Director and the one who
new storage facility/bandstand just west of the youth watched the movie ―Charlie and the
concern last year, the center still realized a profit of $12,500 and owes that to the community for their nominated the center for help from the
main complex. Chocolate Factory‖ together and com-
support. ―We have been successful over the last three years and want to make sure the community knows group.
pared it to the original version.
how much we appreciated their support. It is not because of lack of community support that we came to In addition, replacement privacy fencing munity asset and gives youth an opportunity to
There is room to expand Fun Fridays
this decision, but from wanting to guarantee the money was spent correctly.‖ is needed just north of the storage facility. showcase their talents,‖ exclaimed Kent Castle-
and offer additional activities. We have
Community Sponsors is the new fund opportunity to raise funds for the center. Each sponsorship level This will cost $2,100 to complete and is on man. ―I know how much music was and still is a
youth interested in building birdhouses, in
has its own benefits, but all sponsors will be recognized in the center’s quarterly newsletter, in the Mon- a similar time frame. part of my life and I want to offer that to the
learning to cook dishes more complicated
roeville News and the Hoagland Area Advancement newsletter. Sponsorship levels are $125, $250 and Once these two projects are complete, the youth of this community.‖
than cookies, in learning to make jewelry
$500. The $500 sponsors are recognized with their advertisement in each of the quarterly newsletters, Outdoor Activity Area will be completed For help with either of these projects, simply
or to make kites. If you can teach it, we
$250 sponsors are recognized in two, and the $125 sponsors in one. Each sponsor will also be listed on and the center hopes to hold a ribbon cutting send a donation above and beyond your normal
can find someone who is interested in
the center’s website, and the $500 sponsors will even have a clickable link to the business or organiza- ceremony later this fall. donation to the center at P.O. Box 236, Monroe-
learning from you.
tion’s webpage. Those interested in sponsoring through the Community Sponsors campaign are asked to Finally, Cornerstone needs additional ville, IN 46773 and mark the memo line on your
Do you have a skill or talent to offer
call Kent Castleman at 623-3972 or email at email@example.com. help funding the Summer Music Crew since check to which project you hope to support.
on Friday afternoon or evening? Please
this is the last year to receive grant funding
contact Barbara at 623-3972. Spending a
for the program. The total program cost is
little time at the center on Friday after-
$5,300, and the center still needs $2,672 of
noon or evening might just add a little fun
that amount. ―This program is a great com-
to your Friday, too!
Center plans three
more garage sales
Cornerstone will host three
more garage sales this summer.
The next two are scheduled for
July 25-26 and Aug. 15. Times
are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. One
Sept 13th, they will hold a bag
Heritage Lions Club member Vic DePew, left, and Kevin House, left, Monroeville
sale for remaining items. The cen-
president Larry Smith, right, present Cornerstone Lions Club president, presents Kent
ter also conducted a garage sale in
Executive Director Kent Castleman with a $1,000 check. Castleman with a $500 check.
June, raising $400 for center