GLENN CONTRIBUTES

Former Colts offensive tackle Tarik Glenn continues to benefit lives in the Indianapolis area. Glenn and his not-for-profit, DREAM Alive, will continue the annual Christmas event that has meant so much to so many.*

INDIANAPOLIS – Tarik Glenn spent 10 memorable seasons with the Indianapolis Colts providing great protection for a potent offense.

A starter in 154 games, Glenn helped provide a fortress on the offensive line that helped the club achieve five division championships during his stay, along with a World Championship after the 2006 season, his final year.

Glenn made three Pro Bowls and benefited many teammates with his play.  After his retirement, Glenn has served dutifully in the local community, where he continues to enrich the lives of others.

Through his non-profit, DREAM Alive, Glenn has aided the lives of many people who are less fortunate.  An annual event for the foundation is DREAM Christmas, which will be held on December 12 at the John H. Boner Community Center in the heart of the Legacy Project on the city's near eastside.

DREAM Christmas features a new design this year that will bring together a unique community of local businesses, schools, students and area families who are transitioning out of homelessness and challenging circumstances.  DREAM Alive's "Scholars," students from grades 7-12 at Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle School will be the official hosts of this special event to welcome 27 families to the community. Each family will receive special Christmas gifts for their children to unwrap and will be guests of honor at this warm and fun evening.  The DREAM Alive Scholars, assisted by employees of local businesses, will do the shopping and wrap all the gifts.

"It is a foundational value of DREAM Alive to forge new communities, to bring together individuals and groups that otherwise might never interact," said Glenn, DREAM Alive president.  "Our DREAM Christmas has always been a special event. This year, we're going much further to bring together a diverse group for a wonderful evening to celebrate the best character Indianapolis has to offer, to demonstrate that a new definition of community is really possible.  It will be a blessing to all who participate, I guarantee that!" 

The event is supported by a host of Indianapolis businesses led by title sponsor Circle Financial Planning, Inc. In addition to financial support, assistance in shopping and wrapping gifts, and volunteering at the event, employees of these companies will join in the meal and fellowship in this unique community gathering.  Other sponsors include Chase Bank, the Indianapolis Colts, Inc., DEEM Mechanical and Electrical, the Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line, Keystone Growth Strategies, American Structurepoint, Republic Services, Inc., Bastian Solutions, Helen Wells Agency, Butler University Department of Education, David Reilich Design, Little Events Catering, Indiana State Teachers Association, St. Vincent's Sports Performance, Simply Fundraising, Inc.,

John H. Boner Community Center and the MIBOR Realtor Foundation.

ABOUT THE NON-PROFIT – *DREAM Alive provides afterschool programs for 7th-12th grade youth that focus on community service, leadership development and academic success.  Now in its tenth year DREAM Alive continues to have an impact in the lives of its Scholars, their schools and the broader community. The program currently operates within two Indianapolis community schools, Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy and H.L. Harshman Magnet Middle School.  Under Tarik Glenn's leadership, DREAM Alive is positioning to expand its reach to more schools in the near future.  For more information, please contact Lisa Burns at (317) 402-7441 or at www.dreamaliveinc.org.  *

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