First Lady gives out $22,000 to Indiana charities

Indiana First Lady Karen Pence (WISH Photo)
Indiana First Lady Karen Pence (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — First Lady Karen Pence is donating $22,000 to state charities through a new foundation she started.

The money will go to 28 organizations throughout the state focused on helping Indiana families and children. Pence said Wednesday she started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation to help the many organizations who were reaching out for her support.

Pence began the foundation last August and awarded $100,000 in April to an art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

The grants awarded Wednesday range between $500 and $1,000. The foundation plans to make other small grants throughout the year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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