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Mayor’s State of Our City and Charity Ball

2013-02-27T00:00:00Z Mayor’s State of Our City and Charity BallRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
February 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Let’s face it Portage, it’s been a real easy winter thus far in reference to cold and snow.

The weather has been better and many new things are happening in the city of Portage. By now you should have received your new garbage and recycle totes. What a blessing this is for me as those small bins were so inconvenient and frankly made it difficult to recycle since we’ve lived here. I’m truly happy to have them.

On Thursday our Mayor James Snyder will be giving his annual State of the City Address at the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce luncheon for an update on all the accomplishments of his first year in office and what the vision is for the near future. This year for all those that cannot attend the luncheon the mayor will be giving that same address later that day at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 6070 Central Ave. Come out and be informed.

Speaking of our mayor, as in many years past, our Portage’s mayor has given a charity ball to help support our many nonprofits in the area and this year is no different.

The ball's nautical theme is very fitting for our great city on Lake Michigan. Mayor James Snyder and his wife Deborah invite you to a wonderful evening from 6 p.m. to midnight March 16 at Woodland Park, Oakwood Hall. Tickets are $75 a person and all proceeds are donated to charity. There will be a cash bar, a wonderful dinner catered by Billy Jack’s and musical entertainment by Spectrum, which has a wide range of musical selections for your dancing pleasure. For information, call Rachael at (219) 762-7200 or email

Since last year was the first year that the monies were given out as the need arose, I would also like to let you know that last year’s ball raised $15,248.85. Those funds were given to the Portage Public Library, Portage Parks and Recreation Foundation, Path, Inc., Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County, Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center, Portage Township YMCA, Friends of Portage Township Park Foundation, Crisis Center, Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter, Neighbor’s Educational Opportunities, Porter County Community Foundation, Portage Township Food Pantry and various local churches.

All of these organizations give back to the citizens in our wonderful community and believe in Portage. There is a need for all of them for every aspect of our lives; our youth, our seniors, our heath needs, help for the hungry, education, building character, morals and values.

At some time or another, a friend or family member will be touched by these wonderful groups of people doing great works in our great city and township. They have the tenacity to never give up and keep striving to make Portage a great place to live and work. They make our quality of life here second to none and remind us to count our many blessings. We are reminded by the census results that we are the 3rd largest city in Northwest Indiana and one of the fast-growing cities in Indiana.

Portage rocks.

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