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Legacy Foundation

MERRILLVILLE — The Legacy Foundation is calling on Lake County to help decide which nonprofit or public school has the best community project idea.

Through a “March Mania” bracket-style tournament that launches Tuesday, Legacy Foundation will announce eight community projects that were finalists in the initial selection process. Applicants had to apply by March 6. 

Organizations that secure the most public support will advance each week throughout March until there is one final winner. The winner will be responsible for implementing their project.

The project that secures the most votes in the final round of the competition will receive $2,000 to turn the idea into reality, according to a news release.

Voting for the contest opens 11 a.m. Tuesday and continues until 11:59 p.m. April 2. 

Projects considered for the competition must take place in Lake County and can range in scale from a specific park to a neighborhood or even countywide. 

The winner will be announced April 3.

The projects will be promoted on the Legacy Foundation’s social media sites:

Facebook: legacyfdn

Twitter: @Legacyfdn

Instgram: @Legacyfdn

Questions about the contest should be directed to Kelly Anoe via email at


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