POINT, IND. -- For the sixth consecutive year, the Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology baseball team donated their time and
efforts on a Saturday morning and afternoon to help the Exotic
Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) continue progress on its facility.
Thirty-nine members of the Fightin' Engineer baseball team spent
October 27, 2012, building a new perimeter fence that will expand
the center's capacity for enclosures to house the big cats. The
additional space will provide for up to 15 new enclosures to be
built at the center, helping to meet the continuing need for
housing rescued animals.
The EFRC was founded in 1991 by Joe Taft in Center Point, with a
mission of providing "permanent homes for exotic felines that have
been abused, abandoned or for some reason have nowhere to live out
their lives, while educating the public about these beautiful
cats." The EFRC currently contains 228 large cats from across the
nation, and more than 20,000 visitors pass through the EFRC every
In the past, the Rose-Hulman baseball team has helped the center
with work on its food processing center, a facility that handles
more than 3,000 pounds of meat per day. The team constructed an
enclosure in 2008 with donations from the foundation of NASCAR
champion Tony Stewart and has spent other years constructing
additional enclosures that house several of the big cats rescued by
the Center, including a white tiger that was reportedly once owned
by Mike Tyson.
The following players offered their time to support the effort
in 2012: Hank Akard, Kody Alayon, Jake Althouse, Taran
Bohnhoff, Andrew Bryant, Michael Bush, R.J. Carroll, Jordan
Chipka, Chris Erickson, Nevin Fansher, Kevin Farley, Kevin Garon,
Chris Grable, Matt Green, Hazen Hamather, Eric Harned, Josh
Hoeing, Gunnar Hutchison, Tanner Inboden, Caleb Kissel, Josh
Koutnik, Kyle Kraus, Zach Lehman, Ralph Lucarelli, Jeff
Ludwig, Brett McKinney, Alex McNally, Ben Menich, Bobby
Newman, Karson Nixon, Nick Pilipovich, Caleb Post, Donald
Stopka, Andrew Stull, Daniel Sutherland, Aaron Thompson, Matthew
Turk, Donnie Waters, and Warren Whithaus.
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