The Riviera Club Foundation
Posted on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.
To advance the development of youth and amateur athletics throughout the community with attention toward serving underprivileged populations.
Through water safety, health and wellness programs and other initiatives, we aim to enhance the lives of families throughout Indianapolis.
The Riviera Club Foundation exists to positively impact our community and support the future of our historic club financially. The Riviera Club Foundation raised a million dollars through a grant from CICF to pay for renovations to our beloved outdoor pool. In addition to receiving grants, we are a 501©3 which enables donors to make tax-deductible donations to the Riviera Club. Donations made can support the club through endowment, debt relief, and support the Foundation’s community outreach programs.
As discussed at the Annual Meeting, many opportunities to improve our campus remain. A technical audit of our facilities in February identified the Rivi’s electrical and fire suppression systems, as well as Snack Shack and Main Kitchen equipment, are many decades out of date and require immediate repair.
The electrical and fire suppression projects have begun so that the outdoor pool and fitness rooms are safe when members return and do not have to be closed. Kitchen repairs will take more time and resources. As we look forward to re-opening, please consider making a gift to help with these required upgrades. Please reach out to Jacqueline Burkholder with questions about how your tax- deductible donation will be used.
We have a goal of serving 1,000 annually in water safety by Summer 2021. We would like to go above and beyond to provide actual swim lessons to as many of those kids as possible. Because a large portion of the children in the targeted populations do not own a swimsuit, it will be imperative for us to provide one to each sponsored child. With a $25 donation YOU can “SPONSOR-A-SWIMMER” and provide a child an opportunity to learn life saving water safety and swim instruction.
Cash or check donations can be made directly at the Riviera Club, simply give to someone at the front desk to put in our mailbox.
This January the we are proud to have launched our first community outreach program. The Warrior Kids Club is an afterschool program, currently being held at IPS School #49. It is an eight-week program providing yoga, mindfulness, and a unique lesson each week. Erin Peckenpaugh, Founder of Rise Yoga & Events is thoughtfully, “Providing a safe space for stillness and rest to busy bodies and minds.” She adds, “It is a true gift. I’m so honored the Riviera Club Foundation is willing to invest in these kids. It is making a difference. The kids are practicing at home and teaching their siblings.”
Our Director, Jacqueline Burkholder, recently participated in a Warrior Kids Club class. “Too many children today are suffering from high levels of anxiety, stress, body image issues, self-doubt, depression, etc. We must take action and provide today’s youth with coping mechanisms to help them live happy and fulfilling lives. Going to the Warrior Kids Club was an incredible experience. The kids opened up about things that were troubling them. Erin taught about self-love, she asked the kids to write letters to their future self including what they love about their self. The kids were able to build confidence by trying new yoga poses, and enjoy relaxation through breathing practices and savasana. What we are proving through this program impacts these kids far beyond the yoga mat. Thank you for your support.”