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United Way of Porter County seeks volunteer ambassadors to support community initiatives

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United Way of Porter County is seeking volunteer ambassadors to help spread the word about how individual donors, companies and the United Way Partner Network are positively impacting community need in Northwest Indiana.

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Portage High School raises over $2,000 for ALS research during end of year celebrations

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Portage High School students celebrated the end of the school year with a battle for the champion title of the Class Olympics. The event, however, was actually about an even larger battle.

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St. John the Evangelist students deliver on service project by assisting Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs

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A group of seventh-grade girls from St. John the Evangelist School in St. John enjoyed a recent shopping spree. But it wasn’t for themselves. The girls were buying diapers and other baby supplies for families in need.

As part of the school’s Marian Girls Program, seventh- and eighth-grade girls participate in a two-year program that features a service project. This year, the Marian Girls seventh-graders chose to have a fundraiser to benefit the Franciscan Health Prenatal Assistance Programs in Crown Point and Hammond.

Their efforts raised $1,114 and were used to purchase several boxes of diapers and wipes, baby clothing, blankets and crib sheets, toiletries, stuffed animals, gift cards and more. With the help of Marian Girls Program coordinators Carmen Shafer and Gretchen Gerstenkorn, the girls delivered the donations on May 22 to Franciscan Health St. Clare Health...

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Why Walk?

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Fifty million people across the globe are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. That number doesn’t include the many family members, friends, and caregivers who are also touched by this disease. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and still has no cure. The Alzheimer Association is hard at work to find one, but they need your help!

“We can’t do what we do without the support of our local communities,” said Walk Manager Sara Spruth. One of the best ways to aide the Alzheimer Association is to join their annual walk. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is one of the most important fundraisers for the Association. It also acts as a means of raising awareness about the disease and the Association.

“It’s important to find a cure for this. It’s devastating to families. It really touches them and strikes a nerve with a lot of people. Having an...

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Michigan City bowlers add to their history of support for Franciscan Health Michigan City Breast Care Center


Bowl-for-the-Cure-donation-to-Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-Breast-Care-Center-2019The Michigan City chapter of the United States Bowling Congress Association has made a substantial impact on the fight against breast cancer over the past 17 years.

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The Women’s Fund of Porter County Awards Two Grants to Local Nonprofits


The-Womens-Fund-of-Porter-County-Awards-Two-Grants-to-Local-NonprofitsOn Thursday, May 2, 50 women gathered at the Porter County Community Foundation Nonprofit Conference Center to attend the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting for the Women’s Fund of Porter County.

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Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch to Support The H Life with Bake Sale, Coffee Flight on May 13

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Centier Bank’s Chesterton South Branch is helping The H Life raise funds for pediatric cancer research with their first-ever Coffee Flight and Bake Sale on Monday, May 13 from 10am – 2pm.

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Walk for Sojourner Truth House

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Did someone say color walk?!

In celebration of the event's 20th anniversary, Sojourner Truth House (STH) is adding some color to this year’s Walk for STH by hosting a color walk! Proceeds support the mission of Sojourner Truth House to provide hope and help to thousands of homeless and at-risk women and their children.

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Donor families, recipients honor organ donation during Donate Life events at Franciscan Health Dyer and Crown Point

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Top left: Dr. Daniel McCormick, president/CEO of Franciscan Health Crown Point, left, accepts the Vision Award from Michael Henderson, professional services coordinator for VisionFirst. The award recognizes Franciscan Health Crown Point for the nearly 150 corneal donors the hospital has had over the past five years.
Top right: Sister Marlene Shapley, Franciscan Health vice president of mission integration, speaks at the Corpus Christi Chapel at Franciscan Health Crown Point, her brother Donald, whose organs were donated after his sudden death from an aneurysm.
Bottom right: Quilts hanging at the Donor Remembrance Celebrations feature panels created by donor families to honor their loved ones.
Bottom left: Alice Jenkins, donation coordinator for Gift of Hope, talks about her agency’s...

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Leave Your Mark at the 5th annual Bluebird Tattoo Red Cross blood drive

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For the 5th year in a row, the community is invited to make a difference at the annual Leave Your Mark American Red Cross blood drive with Bluebird Tattoo being held Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Portage.

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Pokagon Band and Four Winds Casinos Outline Key Green Initiatives Across All Properties


FourWindsLogoThe Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce several important green initiatives have been implemented at all four casinos, their restaurants, hotel, and Pokagon Band government offices.

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