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A Valpo Life That Matters Roundup: August 2014


Four additions have been made to our Life that Matters series for the month of August 2014! This month we profile a big-hearted parks employee, a health lover, a family man and volunteer, and talented thespian.

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A Valpo Life That Matters: Kelley Schott

Kelley-Schott-1Ever since moving to Northwest Indiana with his family when he was seven, Kelley Schott has remained in the area to raise his children with his loving wife in the community he loves so much.

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Community Comes Together to Help Fire Victim

pcacsPorter County Aging and Community Services staff united with community members to help a recent fire victim get her life back on track.

Carlotta Swain was in need of a place to live after an apparent kitchen fire in Portage’s Breckenridge Apartments caused smoke damage to her apartment and belongings.

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Join us on August 31st to Celebrate Working Dogs and Help a Young Girl in Need

AugustAt age 16, Bethany loves to draw, sing and enjoys all things Disney. However, she suffers from acute anxiety that affects her day-to-day life and makes the world a difficult place. To help with her panic attacks and other challenges, she and her family have found Madoka. This smart pup is an Australian Labradoodle with big dreams and a heart of gold. Madoka is getting ready for some tough training to become a psychiatric service dog for Bethany. They already make a great team. All that's needed now is the funding to complete their training.

To help with that, family, friends and the generous community are hosting a celebration of working dogs and silent auction. Local dog groups and their handlers will exhibit some of the amazing feats these animals were trained for. During the exhibitions there will a silent auction to raise the funds necessary for Madoka's training and vet bills. We're asking everyone to come enjoy the event, bid on some fun items or make a donation.

The VFW #988 in Valparaiso has donated their location for the event. The community has donated many items for the silent auction. You'll find original artwork, gift cards for local businesses, movie and play tickets, collectible items, gift baskets and more.

The event takes place from 1-5 p.m. on August 31st, at 705 Roosevelt Rd, in Valparaiso. For more information visit


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Local Concert held for Hilltop Neighborhood House

hilltop-fundraiser-1The Alliance of Students Against Poverty Club from Valparaiso High School hosted a concert at Valpo Velvet Ice Cream Shoppe in Valparaiso on May 30, 2014 to raise resources to fight local poverty. The group raised $2,000 from ticket sales to the event and donated the money to Hilltop Neighborhood House.

The performers from the club who performed at the event as "ELCA" included: Greer Brown, Luke Brown, Julia Dalton, JP Kunze, Bobby Gallowitch, Ian Norris, Jessica Rodriguez, Keil Vittetoe, Caleb Owens, Andrew Walits, Steven Gerry, Blake Biesen, Mary Cobble, Zach Sutton, Josh Turner, and Sam Baker.

hilltop-fundraiser-2Photo Included:

Photo 1- Ian Jones, Julia Dalton, Mary Cobble, Greer Brown, and Luke Brown pose with some of the children from Hilltop Neighborhood House after presenting staff with a check for the proceeds raised from the event.

Photo 2 - Luke brown, Greer Brown, Ian jones, Julia Dalton, and Mary Cobble pose with some of the children from Hilltop Neighborhood House after presenting staff with a check for the proceeds raised from the event.



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Don Quijote Education Fund Benefits Local Students

DQEF-BlaneyValparaiso High School student Madeline Blaney and recent VHS graduate Nicole Pniak were the 2014 recipients of the Don Quijote Education Fund awards. Ms. Blaney traveled to Chile as a part of the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages, where she spent several weeks living with a Chilean family. Ms. Pniak took advantage of a school sponsored trip to Spain.

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Porter County Community Foundation Awards Grant to Family Concern Counseling

FCC-2104Family Concern Counseling (FCC) was presented with a Community Fund grant from the Porter County Community Foundation to purchase video and sound equipment for the organization's play-therapy rooms. The new technology will help FCC to accommodate a growing need for its services and enable counselors to better interact and provide guidance to families during counseling sessions.

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