Awards Spotlight Importance of Mentoring

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A Hoosier nonprofit has honored community leaders for their commitments to mentoring. Indianapolis-based College Mentors For Kids' Inspire Awards went to seven individuals. First Internet Bancorp (Nasdaq: INBK) Founder David Becker received the Lifetime Achievement Award. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, Becker and College Mentors for Kids Board Chair Shelley Hunter discussed the importance giving back. February 27, 2015

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The 2015 Inspire Awards, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, celebrated those who mentor in Central Indiana on February 26 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis. Seven outstanding community leaders were named Mentors of the Year for mentoring excellence in the workplace and community by College Mentors for Kids. The 2015 Inspire Awards' Mentors of the Year include:

Accounting, Legal & Finance Marketing, Media & Athletics

Sherry Davis, Eli Lilly & Company Fanchon Stinger, FOX59

Business, Retail & Services Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing

Kelly Frank, Social Legends, LLC Jenell Fairman, CORE Planning

Strategies, LLC

Education & Nonprofit

Amanda Moore, Intercollegiate YMCA

Youth Mentoring

Anthony Wallace, New Spiritual Life, Christian Church recognized for mentoring through Security Dads Inc.

Health & Health Sciences

Todd Walroth, Eskenazi Health

David Becker, Chairman & CEO, First Internet Bancorp, was also honored at the event with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Mentoring for his commitment to creating a culture of mentoring in the business community, personally mentoring several prominent entrepreneurs, and promoting STEM mentoring for youth.

Becker credited his success to the teachers and mentors he's had throughout his life and also his experience at DePauw University. Becker was the first in his family to attend college. Becker stated, "What college does is you come in as a rough stone and come out as a gem. Everyone should have that opportunity."

Shelley Hunter, Board Chair of College Mentors for Kids, said, "The stories that are told at the Inspire Awards truly are inspiring. These outstanding mentors are not just changing the lives of individuals, they are also making a positive impact on our community."

Hunter continued, "The commitment to mentoring by influential people like David Becker motivates others to get involved and spreads the power of mentoring further. David is an asset to Central Indiana, and College Mentors is proud to honor his many accomplishments."

The Inspire Awards benefits College Mentors for Kids. All proceeds are directed toward the mentoring program which operates on 27 college and university campuses in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and New York.

College Mentors for Kids is grateful to our many sponsors: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Willow Marketing; The Ackerman Foundation; ReachMore; Element Three; F.A. Wilhelm Construction; Fifth Third Bank; Indianapolis Power & Light; Lumina Foundation; PERQ; Purdue University; RICS & DyKnow; Sherck, Hussey, Johnson, McNaughton, LLC; USA Funds; Indianapolis Business Journal; and Towne Post Network.

About the Inspire Awards, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

The Inspire Awards is an annual event designed to celebrate mentoring in the workplace and community. Mentors of the Year are nominated by mentees within industry categories and selected by committees. Mentors of the Year from each category are honored at the luncheon along with a Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. In 2015, the event was attended by over 500 community members. All proceeds benefit College Mentors for Kids.

About College Mentors for Kids, Inc

College Mentors for Kids is an innovative nonprofit with a mission to connect college students with the most to give to kids who need it most. The organization operates at 27 chapters across Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia and New York. For more information, please visit www.collegementors.org.

Source: College Mentors for Kids Inc.