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Better pack your bag, hunger. We’re coming for you.


When a community comes together to feed hungry children, everybody wins. The Valparaiso Community Schools - with the help of many community partners - initiated the Backpack Program several years ago to help meet the needs of hungry children over the weekends and vacation times. School officials and volunteers pack bags with child-friendly, non perishable foods and discreetly distribute them to qualifying students each Friday as they head home from school for the weekend. Each pack includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack for each day the child is out of school.

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Horizon Bank Donates to Stepping Stone Shelter for Women

Horizon-Bank-Donates-to-Stepping-Stone-Shelter-for-WomenHorizon Bank is pleased to announce its recent donation to the Stepping Stone Shelter for Women. The donation, in the amount of $7,500, was presented by Jim Neff, President, with Sharon Wright to Kay Hill, Executive Director on January 22, 2019.

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United Way of Porter County recognizes outstanding volunteers


Community members gathered Thursday for United Way of Porter County’s annual celebration, recognizing outstanding volunteers throughout the area. The event included a breakfast buffet followed by a presentation of prestigious awards to a select few seated in the packed Duneland Falls Banquet Center.

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Horizon Bank Awards Grant to Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum

Horizon-Bank-Awards-Grant-to-Purdue-University-Northwest-Sinai-ForumHorizon Bank is pleased to announce the recent grant award to the Purdue University Northwest Sinai Forum in Westville, Indiana.

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Laini Fluellen Charities supports local research for triple negative breast cancer

Laini-Fluellen-Charities-supports-local-research-for-triple-negative-breast-cancerLaini Fluellen Charities, Inc. is keeping a promise to support new treatment options for triple negative breast cancer by raising funding and investing locally. Board Chair Diane Artis and Board Member Ed Williams, PhD, presented a $10,000 check February 26 to the Community Cancer Research Foundation in Munster.

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Porter County CASA Program gives presentation to local schools

Porter-County-CASA-Program-gives-presentation-to-local-schools-01Last night, Macy’s parents were caught using drugs again, so she was removed from them and placed in foster care. Macy’s life had been in turmoil for a while already; her family was evicted from their home and they were drifting between places, staying with friends. Her parents had recently lost their jobs and she witnessed them fiercely fighting all the time. But still, she had never been away from her parents before, and now she worried even more, “When will I see my parents again, and what’s going to happen to us?”

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NIPSCO program recognizes energy savings at new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital

NIPSCO-program-recognizes-energy-savings-at-new-Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-hospitalThe energy-efficient construction of the new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital, which opened on Jan. 12, has earned $294,309 in incentives from NIPSCO’s Business Energy Efficiency Program.

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Franciscan Health Michigan City celebrates Horizon Bank and NIPSCO for donations to new hospital’s community room and café

Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-celebrates-Horizon-Bank-and-NIPSCO-for-donations-to-new-hospital-2019_01 Franciscan Health Michigan City and the Franciscan Health Foundation saluted Horizon Bank and NIPSCO last week for their generous gifts to two community spaces at the new hospital.

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Horizon Bank and NIPSCO Gift $25,000 to New Franciscan Health Michigan City Hospital

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The brand-new Franciscan Health Michigan City hospital received a boost on Friday thanks to two $25,000 gifts from Horizon Bank and NIPSCO. NIPSCO’s gift supports the Dunes Café, which is the hospital’s dining area, while Horizon’s supports the Blessed Maria Theresia Bonzel Community Room. Members of both businesses gathered with Franciscan Health Foundation leadership in that same community room to celebrate the impact of the contributions.

“Through these contributions, we’re able to increase our investment in those two spaces as well as recognize our community partners who are a part of this new journey with us,” said Dean Mazzoni, president, and CEO of Franciscan Health Michigan City. “The Sisters of St. Francis opened their first hospital in Michigan City in 1904. It’s through community support and...

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Katherine House Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 100 Years of History with Complete Renovation at "Demo Day"


The staff and club members at the Katherine House Boys & Girls Club are no strangers to breaking barriers for fostering growth and happiness for kids throughout East Chicago. On Thursday, they took a literal approach, demolishing a wall in ceremonial celebration of $1.182 million raised for a complete renovation to the historic club.

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Annual Enchanted City Mayor’s Ball Benefits Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Friendship Botanic Gardens


Saturday evening, Mayor Ron Meer of Michigan City hosted the 2019 Enchanted City Mayor’s Ball. Over 650 community members gathered at the Blue Chip Casino for this stellar biannual event, which always benefits local nonprofit organizations. This year, the proceeds went to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and Friendship Botanic Gardens.

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