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Learn to reclaim your time and reconnect at Morning Business Hour

2014-04-17T00:00:00Z Learn to reclaim your time and reconnect at Morning Business HourBy Sue Reed Times Columnist
April 17, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Join First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway, Crown Point, from 8 to 9 a.m. April 25 and learn how to “Reclaim Your Time and Reconnect with Yourself,” presented by Dana Samardzich, owner of Optimal Balance Coaching.

Through this presentation, Samardzich will explore the importance of a person's well-being and how it directly affects their ability to live and work at an optimum level. She will share insights on organizing yourself and energy recovery in order to make more sales and close more deals.

The morning business hour is a great opportunity to network with peers and learn about tools and resources that help business owners and managers build and grow their business. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (219) 226-2062.

Cruise for Charity

The fourth annual Cruise for Charity to benefit Campagna Academy in Schererville takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. May 17, leaving from Navy Pier in Chicago on the Odyssey Yacht.

Guests on this nautical fundraiser will enjoy a gourmet menu, premium open bar and silent auction.

Campagna is also offering optional round-trip luxury coach transportation leaving from its campus.

Cruise tickets are $125 per person and coach seats are $10 per person. Proceeds will directly benefit the youth of Campagna Academy. To order tickets, call (219) 322-8614, ext. 453 or visit Tickets are limited.

Chair’ish the Children

Visitors to the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond,  can view 70 artistically decorated chairs as part of Chair’ish the Children, a chair decorating contest presented by Prevent Child Abuse Lake County.

Participants submitted decorated chairs representing what it means to cherish our community’s children. The child-sized chairs will be on display through April 30, when a special reception will be hosted from 5 to 7 p.m. During the reception, the will be auctioned, with proceeds used for child abuse prevention programming.

Light refreshments will be served and a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.

This year’s exhibit includes categories for middle school students, high school students and adult organizations that work with children. During the reception, a panel of local artists and teachers will judge the chairs and award the top three schools in both the middle and high school categories with a cash prize.

Visitors can vote for their favorite three chairs through April 27. The chair in both the student and the adult categories with the most votes will be receive a People’s Choice Award during the reception.  

PCALC is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, increased awareness, and advocacy. Affiliated with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, education is provided to schools and organizations on Shaken Infant Syndrome, with hospital packets going to new mothers in local hospitals. Visit or email

Sue Reed is president and CEO of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (219) 769-8180 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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