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Pink Ribbon Society check presentation with Kelly Anoe, from left, Maura Rowley, Ann Peters and Carolyn Saxton.

Starting in January, Bead Town will attempt its fifth Guinness World Record: a mosaic of recycled Mardi Gras beads highlighting 20 locations of Northwest Indiana and the city of Chicago. This two-yearlong project will be worked on in East Chicago, Hammond, Gary, Chicago and other locations. The project aims to create awareness about recycling while promoting Lake County and greater Northwest Indiana.

This is one of 27 programs supported by a Legacy Foundation grant. The foundation’s board of directors approved a round of funding in December totaling $327,171. The grants help local charities provide services to Lake County families and individuals in the areas of arts and culture, community development, education, environmental and animal welfare, health and human services.

Honor Flight Chicago received a grant of $17,500 to send 20 Lake County WWII and Korean War veterans on a one-of-a-kind journey to Washington, D.C., to thank them for their service and sacrifice. Pink Ribbon Society, another grant recipient, will use their funding to underwrite the cost of wigs for women receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy for the treatment of breast cancer.

Twenty-seven organizations received grants in the December approvals from Legacy Foundation’s Lake County Community Fund, Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund and Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund.

Lake County Community Fund grant recipients: First United Methodist Church, Bead Town, Campagna Academy Inc., Cats of Saint Francis, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Dunes Learning Center, Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Honor Flight Chicago Corp., Hospice of the Calumet Area, Mental Health America of Lake County, Pathway to Adventure Council BSA, Pink Ribbon Society Inc., Shirley Heinze Land Trust, St. Jude House and TradeWinds Services Inc.

Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund grant recipients: FAITH Indiana, The Field Museum, Gary Public Transportation Corp., Lake County Community Development Corp., Nelson Algren Museum, city of Gary Redevelopment Commission and the Urban League of NWI.

Maria Reiner Senior Citizens Fund grant recipients: The Maria Reiner Center, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, School City of Hobart and South Lake County Community Services.

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