VALPARAISO | Seven area charities received a share of the proceeds from Mayor Jon Costas's annual charity ball during Friday's meeting of the city's Board of Public Works and Safety.
The event raised $28,000, which brings the total for the past nine years from the ball to more than $283,000. The money was distributed to 35 different local non-profits. Those receiving funds from this year's ball and how they plan to spend it are:
- Porter County Boys and Girls Club SPARK program to provide after school physical activities to fight childhood obesity.
- Family Concern Counseling, for a remodeling of it facilities.
- Hilltop Neighborhood House, for its kindergarten readiness scholarship program.
- Neighbor Link
- New Creation Men's Shelter, a van to transport its clients.
- Valparaiso Parks Foundation, the ValPlayso: Next Generation renovation park project.
- Pines Village Retirement Communities, for its Elderstyle Program.
Representatives of each organization received the contributions at the meeting, and it was announced that applications for a share of the 2014 charity ball will be accepted beginning March 1.