HIM by HER Foundation holds fundraiser for crime-fighting programs

IMPD Det. Gary Dunn
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One of the city's newest ways to combat crime has 18 wheels.

It was created by an IMPD homicide detective, who has seen the worst of the worst and now wants to drive down crime by reaching out to kids and young adults headed down the wrong road.

The HIM by HER Foundation, which stands for Helping Improve Mankind by Healing Every Race, is working to get the semi into every neighborhood where kids or young adults are likely to get into trouble. Inside are materials to steer kids and young adults away from a life of crime.

"It's an all-inclusive program teaching kids how to write resumes, how to do mock interviews, the fundamentals of financial literacy... It also helps their parents," explained IMPD Det. Harry Dunn, the creator of the semi.

Det. Dunn unveiled his mobile mega-idea-on-wheels during a fundraiser for the HIM by HER Foundation at the Colts Complex.

Colts Owner Jim Irsay is sold on the program, donating $100,000 to help at-risk kids.

"It's going to make such a huge difference for kids in our community, so it's great to be involved in it," Irsay said during an on-stage interview with WTHR Sports Director Dave Calabro.

"This is a program that is going to go into these areas with at-risk kids-- it's going to meet them exactly where they are at and give them some job training skills, and that's why I have gotten involved," added Calabro.

Calabro not only served as emcee for the fundraising event, but also serves on the foundation's Board of Directors.

Det. Dunn's boss couldn't be more proud of him for starting the HIM by HER Foundation.

"They witness homicides, they see violent crimes happening in their neighborhoods, and sometimes even in their homes, and when we go home, we wonder when we leave our jobs what happens to them," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "Well, Harry not only wondered, he did something about it."

Although you will see the semi roll into metro neighborhoods very soon, Det. Dunn hopes to see it in neighborhoods statewide.

Tuesday's fundraiser was meant to help the foundation gather $2 million for an after-school program called Enterprise City, and an adult program called Industrial City. Both programs target job training as a way around the violence that has plagued some Indianapolis neighborhoods.

The HIM by HER Foundation is not only looking for community donations, but also volunteers. You can find more information on how to donate and give your time to this worthy cause by clicking here.