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Centier Bank Presents City of Whiting with $250,000 Founding Sponsor Support for Mascot Hall of Fame

August 30, 2018

Centier Bank Whiting Hall of FameWHITING – In 1895, Henry Schrage opened the Bank of Whiting with the intention to create a foundation for thriving families and businesses in the city of Whiting for years to come. Four generations and 123 years later, the Schrage Family continues to give back and build their legacy in Northwest Indiana with a Founder Sponsorship for the Mascot Hall of Fame, set to open in December 2018. 

“This sponsorship symbolizes a continuation for our support for Whiting and all of Northwest Indiana. We want to support initiatives that make our region stronger, and the Mascot Hall of Fame will do that while having a bit of fun along the way,” said Mike Schrage, President and CEO of Centier Bank. “Mayor Joe has done a tremendous job in leading this project and we can’t wait to see it open its doors later this year.” 

On hand for the celebration included the fourth and fifth generation Schrage family members Mike Schrage, Jill Schrage, Melissa Contrucci, Laura Campbell, Stephanie Schrage, Anthony Contrucci, and Chris Campbell, who all serve in some capacity with Centier. Also on hand for the presentation were Mayor Joseph Stahura, Executive Director Al Spajer, joined by the Chicago Blackhawk’s Tommy Hawk and the Mascot Hall of Fame’s mascot, Reggy. 

The Mascot Hall of Fame, entering the final phases of completion, is a 25,000 square foot facility that will feature fun and educational exhibits that emphasize technology, engineering, science, art, and mathematics. With 9 million people within an hour’s drive in the Chicago Metropolitan area, the interactive children’s museum is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors annually to Whiting. 

The building is located at the corner of Front and 119th streets, just southeast of Whiting’s Lakefront Park. 

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Al Spajer at 219-659-7700 or For more information on the National Mascot Hall of Fame, visit For more information on Centier Bank, visit

Photo Caption: Front Row (left-to-right): Reggy, Mike Schrage, Jill Schrage, Joseph Stahura, Al Spajer; Second Row (left-to-right): Melissa Contrucci, Laura Campbell; Third Row (left-to-right): Stephanie Schrage, Anthony Contrucci, Chris Campbell, Tommy Hawk

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