On the eve of Thanksgiving, I give thanks to the fine residents of Hobart for supporting all of our many civic groups and our nonprofit organizations for the great causes they support with their time and resources.
Hobart Kiwanis Club, through Gary Nagy, is thankful that, with your help, club members packed and mailed 48 boxes to military personnel; supplied dictionaries to Hobart and River Forest third-graders; worked with Samaritan’s Purse to prepare boxes for Operation Christmas Child; restocked Hobart Food Pantry shelves with 30 volunteers working more than 200 hours; bought $1,000 in gifts for children through the Hobart City Wide Giving Tree; raised more than $2,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital; contributed $1,000 to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in Third World countries; and helped purchase and pack food for Kids Against Hunger.
Hobart Family YMCA Executive Director Dale Polomchak is thankful to the community for its strong support of the Y as members, supporters and volunteers.
Hobart's Tri Kappa chapter extends to the Hobart community a huge thank you for many years of support, having raised more than $11,000 at its annual luncheon Nov. 3. They donate 100 percent of proceeds to 35 charitable, cultural and educational programs including The Caring Place, The Northwest Indiana Symphony, Riley Children’s Hospital, Center for Possibilities, Meals on Wheels, Northwest Indiana Art Association, Hobart Fire Department, Hobart Educational Foundation, and sponsor the City Wide Giving Tree and scholarship programs.
Executive Director Pamela K. Broadaway of the Maria Reiner Center, said she and the only other paid employee could not accomplish all there is to do without the help of members and the extraordinary volunteers. You have helped the MRC to flourish and grow into the wonderful place that it is today. The Center will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.
Trinity United Methodist Church would like to thank all who attended its Ham and Bean Dinner in October.
Members of the Hobart Area Concert Band, formerly The Rusty Pipes, are thankful that there is a place for them to continue playing the instruments they love. They are so appreciative of the great community support they receive and the loyalty of their wonderful concert attendees. The winter concert is at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Hobart Middle School Auditorium, 36 E. 8th St.
American Legion Post 54, Sons of American Legion Squadron 54, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 54 are thankful for another year serving our military personnel and veterans, and contributions for Hobart High School Hoosier Boys and Girls State delegates, attendance at bunco parties, karaoke nights, and dinners.
Truly, there are many reasons for the Hobart community to give thanks. And finally, this columnist thanks God for her good health, loving husband, a meaningful retirement, and for her family being a part of this fine Hobart community since the 1850’s.