EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OneMain Financial announced today that it will host its second “Made on Main Street” event on Sunday, July 22, 2018, to celebrate the $25,000 grant awarded to the Downtown Painesville Organization. “Made on Main Street,” a partnership between OneMain Financial and Main Street America, provides community action grants for innovative community transformation projects across the country. The dollars awarded through this philanthropic initiative will be used to beautify the grounds surrounding the historic Gage House. Six additional grants have been awarded to organizations across the country.
“We were truly moved by the community coming together to save this historical landmark and thrilled to award this grant to an organization who shares our vision that individuals thrive when their communities thrive,” said OneMain Financial Chief Marketing Officer Kim Wijkstrom. “At OneMain Financial we’re committed to serving the neighborhoods where our customers and employees live and work, and we hope this event will be a great time for everyone.”
The Gage House was set to be demolished after it was purchased by the Rite Aid drugstore chain, but a group of residents and business owners rallied together to purchase and relocate the iconic property. The grant will go toward creating a more welcoming community environment surrounding the building, including beautiful gardens and an open seating area for public use.
“The ‘Made on Main Street’ grant will transform and beautify a historic building which was saved from destruction by the community,” said David Polakowski, executive director of the Downtown Painesville Organization. “The gardens that will be created will enhance the beauty of the building and will be available for everyone to enjoy.”
OneMain Financial will be hosting a free, family-friendly block party to celebrate the award of the grant and the upcoming transformation project. The July 22 event will be held on Main Street between South St. Clair Street and South State Street from 1 to 5 pm. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to explore the Gage House through a guided tour featuring exciting details about the upcoming transformation project. Festivities will also include live music, complimentary food, games, crafts, artisan vendors and much more. “Made on Main Street” is free, and all community members are invited to attend. Complimentary parking is available around the Lake County Job and Services Parking Lot. For more information, please visit: https://www.OMFMainStreet.com
About OneMain Financial
OneMain Financial (NYSE: OMF) has been offering responsible and transparent loans for over 100 years. With more than 1,600 locations throughout 44 states, the company is committed to helping people with their personal loans. OneMain and its 10,000 team members are dedicated to the communities where they live and work. For additional information, please visit OneMainFinancial.com.
About the National Main Street Center
The National Main Street Center has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, its Main Street America network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. The organization is a non-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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