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Euell A. Wilson Center holds luncheon to benefit youth and families

The Euell A. Wilson Center has been around for 26 years. Wednesday they held their 9th annual Courageous Luncheon where they inspire others in the community to step up and become involved in the lives of the youth here in Fort Wayne.

Posted: Mar 20, 2019 7:48 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 8:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Euell A. Wilson's legacy lives on in Fort Wayne. He was a standout athlete at Bishop Dwenger High School. Although he died at the age of 19, his mission to help children and teens is carried out at the Euell A. Wilson Center.

"I've been going to the Euell A. Wilson Center for about 3 years now," 16 year-old Nalaiya Stephans-Tabron said.

She attends Northrop High School.

"When you go to the center, I feel like it's like home sometimes," 13 year old Diante Miles added.

Miles attends Memorial Park Middle School.

Wednesday the 9th annual Courageous Luncheon highlighted the various programs and benefits the center offers like educational help, food, performing arts and spiritual development. It turned Rayshanti Williams' life around. She was confined to a wheelchair back in 2012 after an accident, but now she's walking and well. With the money raised, it'll help more in the community like her who are faced with struggles.

"In 2012, I got in a really bad car accident, and I didn't know how to read and all that other stuff. I went to this program that's called project reads. I really didn't like reading because I couldn't figure it out so once I took that class, it helped," she explained.

“Let Love Reign” has been their motto for years for the center and each year, they've made it their goal to expand on that.

"If you're going to do what's good for the community you're going to need community help because what we do affects everybody and so when we team up together, two can do better than one, so we know there's strength in numbers and more importantly we know the strength when you have the same mission and purpose," Founder Shirley Woods explained.

Right now their latest project is operating a new gym facility on Wabash Street so they can expand their programming for children and families.

If you'd like to donate to help, go to this link:

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