The story starts out with a little girl born more than four years ago to Mike and Mary Martinez.
At three months, they noticed differences in her behavior from her older sister. Unfortunately, they found that Hannah had a stroke sometime during her mother's pregnancy. With this knowledge, Mike and Mary decided they wanted to help not just Hannah but all the kids from 0 to 3 with these disabilities as well as those parents who do not have the wherewithal to pay for the much-needed therapy for their children and Hannah's Hope was born.
Since then, many different fundraisers have garnished thousands of dollars to help care for tots with disabilities -- but God has called Hannah home to live among the angels. But without this sweet girl, none of this would have ever come about to give other kids a chance to survive and live better lives.
This Saturday join Hannah’s Hope for a fun-filled family day at the Portage High School Field House for its annual Vendor and Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We know that Christmas and Hanukah are coming and you may find some unique gifts for that special someone in your life. Take your time shopping through various local crafters and vendors and taking pictures with Santa. You can view cooking demonstrations and then dine on homemade lunch and snacks. Make and Take painting will also be there for those with an artistic flair.
Do yourself a favor and don’t miss out on this great opportunity to shop and have a good time for a great cause.
As I’ve said before, I’m a big history buff. Do you remember where you were 50 years ago this Friday? I was just 4 years old but I remember that day like it was yesterday. My sister Cheryl, who was just 2 months old at the time, was finally sleeping in her crib after crying for quite some time. I came out from my room to find my mom on the sofa watching Walter Cronkite on the television with tears streaming down her face. Honestly, I thought my mom was crying about my sister but a few years later in elementary school, I realized it was because our President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. About now you’re wondering why the talk about this tragic event in our country’s life?
Where would our country be now if the caretaker of Camelot had lived? We will never know but this Saturday, our Portage Tri Kappa is hosting A Night at the Theater; “Specter of Treason : Trial of Oswald.” This event is performed by the Valparaiso Theatrical Company at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 3401 Valparaiso St., Valparaiso. This is a play about, “What if Oswald had lived? Was it a conspiracy?” You can also be a part of the verdict as the audience participates as the jury and will decide one of four endings as to how the performance will conclude. Tickets are a mere $10 and are available from any Portage Tri Kappa member or at the door.
Portage Tri Kappa has given away more than $10,000 in the last year to 20 different non-for-profits and scholarships to graduating PHS seniors. This event will benefit education, art and culture in our Portage community. Come out to support this great group and commemorate the 50th anniversary of this traumatic event in our country.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.