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Sand Creek’s Kenny Furness is Making a Difference in the Lives of Members and the Community


Sand Creek Country Club’s Food & Beverage Operations Manager, Kenny Furness, has seen nearly every aspect of the behind the scenes operations at the Club and through that experience - and hard work - he’s been able to grow from dishwasher to a manager's position at a place that he truly loves to work.

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Dollars to Donuts, Dunkin' Makes a Difference in Region with Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

Dollars-to-Donuts-Dunkin-Makes-a-Difference-in-Region-with-Food-Bank-of-Northwest-Indiana_01On Wednesday, October 19, Dunkin’ Brands Midwest Chapter presented a $20,000 donation to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to support hunger relief programs, services, and volunteer efforts. More than 35 employees from Dunkin Donuts stores across the Region also volunteered in the afternoon as part of a company-wide service event supporting the Dunkin Brands’ Joy of Childhood Foundation. The Dunkin’ Brands Midwest Chapter alone—encompassing a seven state territory—held 18 volunteer events and gave out more than $180,000 in donations during the week.

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Porter County Community Foundation Awards Sparking the Arts Grants to Four Nonprofits

Porter-County-Community-Foundation-Awards-Sparking-the-Arts-Grants-to-Four-Nonprofits-2016Over 75 art enthusiasts from around Porter County attended the Sparking the Arts Luncheon held at the Foundation offices on September 14th. John Cain, Executive Director of the South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony, addressed the crowd on “Transformation Through the Arts”.

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Franciscan Health Dyer: Sorority Donates to Assist St. Monica Home Residents

Franciscan-Health-Dyer-Sorority-Donates-to-Assist-St-Monica-Home-ResidentsMarti Ross, right, of the Pi Sigma Phi Epsilon Sorority Northwest Indiana chapter, recently presented a $1,750 check to TaShena Melton, manager of St. Monica Home, which is located on the Franciscan Health Dyer campus, to provide necessities for its residents. The sorority is a longtime supporter of St. Monica, which, since 1994 has offered a medically sound and emotionally healthy residential environment for women aged 12 to 21 who are awaiting the birth of a child or who recently had a child.

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Housing Opportunities and Project Neighbors Join to Help Women of Community with Construction of Park Place


Most members of the community are familiar with the great work Housing Opportunities (HO) and Project Neighbors (PN) do for the people of Valparaiso and surrounding towns. Their most recent project, Park Place, is currently under way, attracting hundreds of volunteers from the community.

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Friends of Hospice Look to Raise $20,000 at 2016 "Mum's the Word"


Mum’s the Word is the worst kept secret in the Calumet Area. The annual Friends of Hospice fundraiser for the Hospice of the Calumet Area grows every year despite the humble nature of its members and a name that implies discrepancy.

Maybe it is the beautifully handcrafted items at the boutiques that encourage ladies to expose the fundraiser to their friends. Laughter interspersed with gasps of awe and playful bartering make shopping the loudest aspect of Mum’s the Word.

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Help Housing Opportunities Give Sherry A Home

Housing-Opportunities-We-Need-YouSherry is a 53-year-old single woman who suffers from a physical disability, diabetes, and depression. Sherry was recently released from a rehabilitation center after falling and shattering her leg. She is recovering from this injury, but is back living in a situation that is not conducive for her physical disabilities. She is blessed with a loving family who offers support as much as they can. Sherry has applied to our Park Place Project which will allow her to live in a handicap accessible unit and would help eliminate large barriers she faces every day. Barriers that led to her falling. This home will be safe for her, and allow her independence which will restore her dignity! We need your help to get Sherry into her safe home.

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2016 Shoe Drive Provides Needed Funding for LIVESTRONG at the Valparaiso Family YMCA

ymca-tm-blue-logoThe Valparaiso Family YMCA is conducting a shoe collection drive on September 1 - November 29 to raise funds for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. The Y will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected at the Valparaiso Family YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive and Extra Mile, 1330 E. Lincolnway.

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One Amazing Golf Outing Raises $41,000 for Opportunity Enterprises

One-Amazing-Golf-Outing-Raises-41000-for-Opportunity-Enterprises-01The 9th Annual One Amazing Golf Outing, held Monday, August 29th at the Valparaiso Country Club, raised $41,000 to support Opportunity Enterprises’ mission of enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities.

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Symphony of Chesterton Donates TV to Duneland YMCA Senior Center

Symphony-Donates-TV-to-Duneland-Y-SeniorsSymphony of Chesterton recently donated a 50 inch TV to the Duneland Family YMCA Senior Center. “We’re so thankful for Symphony of Chesterton’s generosity,” said Nancy Zlamal, Senior Center Coordinator. “The old flat screen TV wouldn’t adapt to our Blue Ray DVD player, and the sound wouldn’t play unless it was connected to the Blue Ray. Everything is connected to the beautiful new TV and is working beautifully. The old TV made it really difficult for the seniors to hear. The new TV picture is also much more clear. Movie Day in the Senior Center will be a pleasure to all who come to partake. Thanks Symphony!” The new donated TV will make a huge difference as Y Seniors enjoy weekly movies.

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NITCO Donates to Hebron Police Department


NITCO Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing Tom Carroll presented the Hebron, IN Police Department with a donation to support the department’s equipment fund. Hebron Police Chief Joshua Noel accepted the check on behalf of the department.

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