The Irvington Legacy Project
The Irvington Legacy Project is an initiative of the Irvington Community Council. The project is the beneficiary of funds generated by Council sponsored events, starting with the 70th Annual Historic Irvington Halloween Festival in 2016. Each calendar year, the Council votes on a neighborhood project that is in need of assistance. In 2016, we partnered with Friends of Irving Circle to assist them in replacing the fountain in Irving Circle Park. In 2017, we partnered with the Bona Thompson Memorial Center to assist them with exterior repairs. We hope with this annual project we can give back in a substantial way to make a lasting impact in Irvington.
This year we have proudly partnered with the historic Benton House through the Legacy Fund Project. The Benton House is an Irvington treasure built in 1873 and is a charming example of Second Empire architecture. The funds from the donation will be used to make necessary repairs to this beautiful historic structure.
Left to Right: Matt Pleasant (ICC President), Andrew Mankauskus (Benton House caretaker), Megan Krol-Shultz (Benton House Manager), Lisa Watson (Benton House President), Emily Rawlinson (Benton House Board Member), Robert Uhlenhake (ICC) and Lesli Gibson (ICC Vice President).
The Irvington Legacy Award was established by the 2016 Halloween Festival and the Irvington Community Council to celebrate the Halloween Festival's 70th year. The Legacy Project is an annual initiative of the ICC in which an Irvington landmark in need of repair will be given a donation of up to $10,000 to support repairs and restoration. The 2016 recipient of the Award was the Friends of Irving Circle to help with repairs to the fountain. The 2018 Legacy Award will go to the Benton House. For more information, visit http://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/legacy-project.
Eastside Emerging Leaders Scholarship
Each year, State Representative Blake Johnson awards the Eastside Emerging Leaders Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors (or adults planning to enroll in postsecondary education for the first time) who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community service and volunteerism.
The scholarship program is open to residents and students in Indiana House District 100 and is administered in partnership with the Irvington Community Council.
The selection committee takes community service and the student's plans to pay for college into account in awarding the scholarships. The deadline for the 2023-2024 academic year will be announced soon.