Lakeshore chamber spotlights nonprofits

2013-08-28T14:50:00Z 2013-08-28T15:56:45Z Lakeshore chamber spotlights nonprofitsRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent
August 28, 2013 2:50 pm  • 

HAMMOND │ Seventeen local nonprofit agencies received “three minutes of fame” Wednesday at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Hammond Marina.

The agencies talked about their history, mission and upcoming events.

Tricia Hernandez, director of marketing and development for South Shore Arts and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, said both organizations are dedicated to Northwest Indiana.

“We’re dedicated to enhancing the arts, arts education and also accessibility to the arts for people,” she said.

Hernandez said they are proud of their outreach.

“Last year between the two organizations we reached 35,000 kids with art education and music education,” she said.

Lisa Woodroof Hedin, of the Carnegie Arts Center in East Chicago, said the group is excited about upcoming events including the national premiere of a musical called Romance of the Western Chamber, which will be presented in Chinese.

Carnegie also is a partner in The Unity Event, which includes Highland High School and the South Shore Orchestra. It is producing the musical “Ragtime” Nov. 9 at Highland High School.

Harry Vande Velde III, president and CEO, Legacy Foundation, spoke about a collaborative effort with Lake Area United Way called NWI Gives Day. During the online giving day on Feb. 12, 2014, “everybody’s going to have the opportunity to celebrate philanthropy in the region,” Vande Velde said.

“Nonprofits will have their own opportunity to have their own page on the platform and raise money for their own organizations on that day,” he said.

Nonprofits highlighted at the luncheon include: Towle Theater, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity of NWI, Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition, United Neighborhoods Inc., We Care From The Heart, Early Learning Partnership, Nazareth Home, The Arc of Northwest Indiana, Communities in Schools of Lake County, Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases, TradeWinds, Junior Achievement and Lake Area United Way.

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