NIATA supports hospice with fundraiser

2013-11-28T17:19:00Z NIATA supports hospice with fundraiser nwitimes.com
November 28, 2013 5:19 pm

Northwest Indiana Auto Trade Association, NIATA, will be holding their fall fundraiser this weekend. The sale will be Friday the 29th, Saturday the 30th, and Monday December 2nd. During these three days, $25 from each new and used vehicle sold will be donated to one of the Hospice Centers of Northwest Indiana. With all the Black Friday hype, anyone in the market for a new or used car can make the purchase this weekend and help a family in need.

This year, NIATA also raised money for organizations such as Campagna Academy, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, CAMP, Food Bank of NWI, and Opportunity Enterprises. They also provide an annual scholarship for area students, with youths from Hobart, Portage and Michigan City High Schools winning the 2013 scholarships.

If you have ever come in contact with hospice or visited one of their facilities, you know that they are such a wonderful organization and the people that work at these facilities are extraordinary people. They do their best to make people as comfortable as possible while they are passing from this life. Families can actually stay there 24 hours a day so they never have to leave there loved one’s side.

St. Anthony’s Home in Crown Point says, "Hospice is an approach to care that provides individuals facing a life-limiting illness and their family members with medical, spiritual and emotional support. Those entrusted in the care of our compassionate staff can receive hospice services in their home, in a nursing facility, an assisted living community or in our peaceful inpatient hospice facilities in Crown Point and Michigan City, Indiana. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance carriers fund St. Anthony Hospice.

"Hospice services are available to those with a life-limiting illness and who are no longer responding to curative treatment. Diagnosis may include cancer, congestive heart failure, renal disease, HIV disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other general health declines.

"The experienced St. Anthony Hospice staff works with individuals, their family members and their physicians to determine whether or not they may be appropriate for hospice services. Requests for hospice services may be initiated by a variety of people including physicians, social workers, nurses and family members.”

The donations will go to Hospice Centers such as St. Anthony’s Home in Crown Point, Michigan City Franciscan Community Center, VNA Hospice of Valparaiso, Vitas of NW Indiana in Merrillville, Asercare in Valparaiso, Harbor Light Hospice in Crown Point, Blue Skies Hospice in Hammond, and Hospice of the Calumet Area in Munster. Anyone participating in the sale can choose which facility they would like there donation to be sent to, but if you do not have a preference that is fine also. You can also choose to send the donation in memory of a family member or someone that was close to you.

The Northwest Indiana Auto Trade was originally founded in the 1950s as a group of dealership owners, but was restructured in the mid 1990s to promote local businesses and provide the best service possible to local consumers. To do this, they work with companies in the area that regularly do business with dealerships and plan events that will benefit Northwest Indiana, such as the hospice fundraiser, and other charitable events.

If you would like to donate or you would like more information on the fundraiser feel free to contact Sharon M Burke at NIATA at 219.712.9489 or email her at niata2002@aol.com.

For more information on NIATA, visit niatanow.com.

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