Milan 54 Inc. Benefactors

On April 1, 2011 Milan 54 launched our capital campaign to raise the $375,000.00 needed to renovate the new location of the Milan 54 Museum. The museums’ location is now in the former “State Bank of Milan” building located on Carr Street in downtown Milan. Construction began the spring of 2012 and we celebrated our Grand Opening in June of 2013. Each fall we have had a fundraising campaign, but we accept donations at any time throughout the year. All donors are deeply appreciated. Major grants and donations awarded to Milan 54 include:


  • Roselyn McKittrick

WINNING SHOT Partners($100,000+)

  • James Mahoney Trust
  • Rising Sun Regional Foundation

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Partners ($50,000+)

  • City of Lawrenceburg
  • Efroymson Family Fund

MARVIN WOOD SOCIETY Partners ($30,000+)

  • Tom and Shelly Kohlmeier

WATER TOWER CLUB Partners ($20,000+)

  • Indiana Grand Racing Casino

PIERCEVILLE ALLYCAT Partners ($5,000+)

  • Steve and Judy Baylor
  • Mitch Daniels Family
  • Gallan Sporting Goods
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Ripley County Community Foundation

PICKET FENCE Partners ($2,500+)

  • Phyllis Coe
  • Ino Nicoson
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • Dr Woody Oaks
  • Pacer Sports and Entertainment
  • Ripley County Tourism Bureau, Inc.
  • UCB Charitable Foundation

HOOSIER HYSTERIA Partners ($1,000+)

  • James M and Lucinda J Barkley
  • Jerry and Joy Caplinger
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Hillenbrand, Inc.
  • Kenny Wendleman
  • Robert and Libby Wichmann
  • United Community Bank
  • John E. Hall Farms
  • The Beacon Newspaper

BLACK & GOLD Partners ($500+)

  • Bierlein Companies Foundation
  • Cyril Birge Family
  • Glen and Dixie Butte
  • Charles and Susan Cottingham
  • Ray and Jinky Craft
  • Rollin W and Maridees Cutter
  • Ed and Patty Marshall
  • Roger Schroder
  • Lee Tuttle

MIGHTY MILAN Partners ($200+)

  • Karin Agness
  • Bob & Marilyn Ashcraft
  • Steve & Jeannine Ashcraft
  • Berit Backes
  • Ray and Linda Baurley
  • Tony and Kris Clark
  • Matthew and Janice Cohoat
  • Gene Demaree
  • German American Bank, North Vernon
  • Fred & Sharon Glover
  • John Gray
  • Steve and Sandy Knecht
  • Kay Minger
  • William H and Reva L Munsey
  • Carl and Katherine Taul
  • Linda Treat
  • Dorothy Weir
  • Scott & Julie Weir
  • Gene and Anita White
  • Steve Witty (IBCA)


  • Mark Abrahm
  • Lisa Barker/Bobby Hensley
  • Shirley Bocock
  • Doris Bonfer
  • Kevin Bonfer
  • Drew Brown
  • Douglas and Debbie Busching
  • Bussing-Koch Foundation
  • Celeste Calvitto
  • Michael D Carter
  • H Wayne Conrad
  • Kenny Delap
  • Anne Duncan
  • Bob Engel
  • Gary Edwards
  • Richard Elias
  • Carlyle and Rebecca Floyd
  • Jane Foley
  • Jon Franklin
  • Hummel Steinmetz Insurance Agency
  • Gary S Lee
  • MHS Athletic Department
  • MHS Boy’s Basketball
  • Milan American Legion Post 235
  • David & Edith Fork
  • Mothershead Foundation
  • John Hall
  • Graham Honaker
  • Thomas and Sarah Honaker
  • Lloyd S Hubbard
  • Indian Trail BP
  • Oliver and Carolyn Jones
  • William C Jordan
  • Clarence E and Kathryn J Kelly
  • Rachel Kinnebrew
  • Carla Kohlmeier
  • Laws – Carr-Moore Funeral Home
  • Harris and Margo Long
  • Travis Maxey
  • George McAfee
  • Ruby McDonald
  • Benny McFarland
  • Merrilees Trustworthy Supply
  • Milan High School Athletic Department
  • Milan Lions Club
  • Milan Whistle Stop
  • Kent Millard
  • Timothy and Bridget Molinari
  • Michael Murphy MD
  • Kenny & Brenda Myers
  • Napoleon State Bank
  • Johnny Nugent
  • Marcus R Oliphant Colonel, USAF, RET
  • John and Yvonne Perry
  • Susan Perry
  • Steven Petty
  • Pike Lumber
  • Jimmy Wayne and Joan Platt
  • Bobby Plump
  • Paul and Brenda Rodgers
  • Gerard Rodmaker
  • Tracy Russell
  • Paul St Angelo
  • Nathaniel Seale
  • Jeff & Kristy Smith
  • Jerry Smith
  • Wayne and Pat Smith
  • Bob Stepanich
  • Jeff Struewing
  • Doug & Jerry Thayer
  • Darwin Tibbetts
  • Steven Thomas
  • Tommy Thompson
  • Tom Tepe Auto Center, Inc.
  • Ronnie Truitt Family
  • Esther Voss Family
  • Paul Wible
  • Chris and Sally Wirthwein
  • Jack Wesley
  • Whitewater Motor Company
  • Mary Lou Wood
  • Bill and Judy Yelton

Remember the Game?

No discussion of basketball in Indiana would be complete without mention of the “Milan Miracle of 1954.” On a cold March night in Butler Fieldhouse, the Indians of tiny Milan High School (enrollment 162) defeated the mighty Muncie Central Bearcats (enrollment 1,662), to win the state championship and secure their place in Hoosier Folklore. Today, a museum in this Ripley County town is doing its best to keep this story alive.

Become A Part of the “Miracle of Milan”

Originally the museum was housed in the Krick Building on Carr St in Milan. A row of lockers ran down one wall, each one full of photos, newspapers, letter jackets and other assorted memorabilia from the players and coaches. In the year 2003, a building was purchased in Milan by the Museum Foundation. This building has been renovated and also houses numerous basketball artifacts, as well as items that recall Milan’s past. Now the collection is housed in the old State Bank of Milan building on West Carr St.

The Milan ’54 Inc. Museum Foundation continues to seek financial support in order to preserve the “Miracle of Milan”…the high school basketball story from which the movie “Hoosiers” was made.

Personal tax deductible contributions may be made to “Milan 54, Inc. P.O. Box 54, Milan, Indiana 47031. Your donation goes directly towards funding this effort. Play a part in History, donate today!

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