GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's last chance to double your money

2013-12-12T00:00:00Z GUEST COMMENTARY: Here's last chance to double your moneyBy Martha Wheeler nwitimes.com
December 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Hello to all the friends of the Lake County Court House.

As president of the foundation that owns and operates our magnificent historic building on the square in Crown Point, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and thank you for anything you might have done for us.

If you have not actively participated, I hope you will read on concerning our great endeavor to maintain and preserve the courthouse for ourselves and future generations to enjoy.

Surely you are aware of the importance of this awesome structure, possibly the most impressive courthouse in the state. Take just a moment to really look at the building and think about its significance in the lives of so many people — the young, the old, residents, nonresidents, those in all socioeconomic groups, churches, schools, and all walks of life.

The “Grand Old Lady,” as she is lovingly called, is a substantial influence on all who pass by her and observe the beauty that is theirs for the taking.

It is especially beautiful at Christmas with the two large fir trees at its east entrance, enveloped in lights glowing through snow covered branches. Many enjoy the nativity scene placed annually on the northeast corner of the property.

It is also great fun in the summer with all the many activities that go on. Take a seat at our picnic table or the benches provided by the city and just enjoy your day!

Though our courthouse is not tax-supported, the city is generous in its assistance and uses the facility for important events, as do many others.

The list of events held here each year fill several pages! There are private and public events too numerous to mention. Literally thousands of people use our building and/or grounds each year.

We would be happy if we could allow everyone to use it free of charge or with a very minimal charge, but someone must pay the bills. Old buildings are extremely costly to operate and maintain. The monthly NIPSCO bill is huge!

Here is our point. Our generous benefactor, the White Family Foundation, has given us a matching grant that will expire on Dec. 31. That leaves only a few weeks to match any and all gifts and contributions.

Do you need a tax exemption? Are there any dollars left in your budget? Can you give a check to help maintain this building? Through the generosity of the White family, your gift will be doubled.

I hope your Christmas will be merry. And if you are able to contribute, it will be greatly appreciated.

Martha Wheeler is president of the Lake Court House Foundation. The opinions are the writer's.

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