Opportunity Enterprises is seeking a large group of volunteers for its annual Packathon event. This year’s Packathon is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at OE’s main facility, located at 2801 Evans Avenue in Valparaiso. The event, which will celebrate its 19th year this year, runs from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, or until packing is complete.
Dr. Keary Bewick DDS recently welcomed Wheeler High School senior, Calysta Woods, into his offices where she will be interning for the first two trimesters this school year. Woods has an interest in pursuing a career in dentistry and there’s no better way to gain experience in the field than through the hands-on learning that an internship with Dr. Bewick and his staff will provide.
Natalie Riley of Michigan City, third from left, a recent graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, recently received a $2,000 scholarship from the Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City Guild of Volunteers. Among other qualifications for the annual guild honor, she had served as a hospital junior volunteer. She plans to attend Butler University in hopes of becoming a pharmacist.
Horizon Bank announces its recent donation toward Habitat for Humanity’s construction of a home in LaPorte. “Horizon is proud to make this contribution to the LaPorte County Habitat for Humanity,” says Jim Neff, Executive Vice President at Horizon “Helping local families achieve homeownership is a high priority for us, and we are pleased to partner with an organization like Habitat that makes homeownership a reality for families in our community.”
From left, Rich Bazant, 36-year member of the Dyer Knights of Columbus; and Stephen Costa, Grand Knight and 11-year member, recently presented a check for $1,000 to TaShena Melton, director of St. Monica Home, located on the campus of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer. The knights raised the money through an annual Paczki Ball event at St. Maria Goretti Parish in February. The annual contribution helps to purchase supplies for the home’s young residents and their children.
Thanks to the continued support of your local McDonald’s of Northwest Indiana Owner/Operators, Pantry on the Go has been serving communities across Lake and Porter Counties since 2010.
Porter County Master Gardeners Spruce Up the Gardens at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Center in Valparaiso
A team of Porter County Master Gardeners recently gathered to spruce up the gardens at Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice Center in Valparaiso. The Center garden is a continuing project led by Advanced Master Gardener, Martha Seroczynski, and funded yearly by a $250 Community Grant from the Porter County Master Gardeners Association (PCMGA).
This year’s United Way Day of Caring in Porter County brought together over 900 volunteers for a whole day of donating their time and efforts into the community. Centier Bank in Valparaiso, who has participated in the event for over 5 years, chose to give back to the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.
Being a lifeguard is a seasonal job that not every college student can handle. It takes a great deal of responsibility and focus, and recognition only comes at the worst moments. The lifeguards at Stone Beach in La Porte have kept their lakeshore emergency free all summer, something we as patrons forget to praise them for when we are safe.
What makes a college student return to their hometown during their summer breaks? For Carley Lemmon a 2013 Valparaiso High School graduate that is an easy question to answer. Carley returned to her hometown for the summer to help improve a changing and emerging new downtown area to make it even better, so other Valpo college students would also want to return home.
We are thrilled to thank Amanda Snider of Homenclature for the generous donation of furniture to help furnish the new and improved “Larry and Jerilyn Klemz Lounge”. This lounge can be found upstairs at the Memorial Opera House.