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IVDiagnostics and Entech Innovation Center support the STEM Mentor program of Discoveries Unlimited

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the STEM Mentor program:

Middle school girls and their mentors in the STEM Mentor program will explore the field of biomedical science as IVDiagnostics and Entech Innovation Center hosts Discoveries Unlimited on December 11, 2010.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to have the Entech Innovation Center host the last in the series of Mentor and Mentee events for 2010,” stated Charlie McGill, Executive Director of the Entech Innovation Center. Read the rest of this entry »


Helping Hands Angel Tree Program

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from Calumet High School’s Collage and Drama club:

Calumet High School’s Collage and Drama club are combining efforts this year to collect donated Christmas gifts for Calumet Township’s struggling families.

The “Helping Hands Angel Tree Program” will provide gifts for eighty students that attend schools within the Lake Ridge district. Contributions can be made in a variety of ways. Calumet High School will be distributing “tags” to anyone interested in shopping for a particular student. Purchasing and dropping off gifts to Calumet High School, located at 3900 Calhoun Street in Gary, or donating money is also optional. Donations should be unused, in original packaging, and age appropriate; students receiving donations will be between Head Start through Middle School ages.

For additional information or other inquires, contact the Collage and Drama Club sponsor, Charmaine Wierzbicki, at 219.838.6990, or 219.916.1621.


Eddie Melton

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Early in life, Eddie Melton envisioned himself working with others to make the community a better place for all ages, but especially for future generations. That vision for his own future has led this Merrillville resident to the various facets of his career and to volunteer activities that bring out the best in others.

Melton grew up in Gary and was the quarterback for Horace Mann High School’s football team. “I went down to Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky after high school,” he says. “But I always knew I wanted to come back and work to better the community and to work with youth.”

Leaving KSU because he needed to financially support his family after one member had a stroke, Melton returned to Gary and started working with programs at Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living, a Gary-based mental health and addiction services facility. He ran an after-school program funded through U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky that brought together young people, mentors and activities.
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Elizabeth Depew

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Elizabeth H. Depew of Valparaiso came to her accounting career via a bit of serendipity. She enrolled in Purdue University North Central at age 15, while attending Wheeler High School where she played varsity sports and worked part-time.

“When I was in high school, my friend and I wanted to take a class together, and we chose an accounting class,” Depew recalls. “My friend dropped out of the class and I fell in love with it.” After graduating with an honors diploma from high school, she continued her college education at PNC. When she completed her accounting degree in 2003, Depew became a temporary accounting clerk at her alma mater.

“I looked at the job and said ‘I can do that’,” she says. Eventually, she became a regular full-time employee and handled the accounts for student activities and athletic fees, and audited travel expenses.

In 2008, she was named director of purchasing and oversaw the processing of purchases for the switchboard and food services. Since May of this year, Depew has added to her duties as director of auxiliary services and resource planning at PNC. “I still hold all of those duties I had (as director of purchasing) and I have new ones,” she says.

In her latest position, Depew oversees purchasing, telecommunications, food services, print/mail services and space management as well as the university budget planning. She has served on the university’s 2008-2014 Strategic Plan steering committee and is a member of the PNC Accreditation Self-Study team. Depew also serves on the Purdue Procurement Council to review policy for system-wide savings through procurement.
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Rachel Delaney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

When it finally came to a career choice, Rachel Delaney just couldn’t ignore her dual passion for animals and for making a difference. At age 21, Delaney moved from Calumet City to Oak Park and sought a career in corporate America, working in a marketing position to promote the Chicago Marathon. That exposure to health-related issues took her into the health care field, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a paramedic.

Nursing school came next at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, but Delaney found herself missing the contact with animals she had in her childhood home. “We took in stray dogs, and we had a chicken and a duck. They followed us wherever we went,” Delaney says with a chuckle.

Five years ago, while still attending nursing school, Delaney decided to move to Indiana specifically to volunteer at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster. The first day she volunteered at the shelter, a 14-year old black lab named Dora was brought in. Delaney decided immediately to foster the dog, taking her home and caring for the aged canine.

“She was with me six months. Unfortunately, she was eventually in so much pain, we had to put her down. I was so devastated,” Delaney recalls. Since then, Delaney has fostered many animals until they could find forever homes.
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Capital Campaign receives another boost

Front row, from left: Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP members Kevin Keough, Robert Dignam, William Satterlee III and Joseph Jaskowiak. Back row, from left: Robert Corbin, Saint Anthony vice president-general counsel; and David Ruskowski, Saint Anthony president.

Front row, from left: Joe Allegretti, Capital Campaign chairman; and Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP members Kevin Keough, Robert Dignam, William Satterlee III and Joseph Jaskowiak. Back row, from left: Robert Corbin, Saint Anthony vice president-general counsel; and David Ruskowski, Saint Anthony president.

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the Saint Anthony Medical Center:

Members of the Merrillville-Valparaiso law firm of Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP donated $5,000 on September 14 to the Saint Anthony Medical Center Capital Campaign, which is raising funds to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and has funded construction of a new complex to house St. Clare Health Clinic and the Prenatal Assistance Program. The campaign, which has a goal of raising $4.5 million, which includes matching funds from a private donor, began in 2008 and will end December 31. It so far has raised some $3.2 million.


Help to fund area food pantries and soup kitchens

From the BusINess inbox—The BusINess editors are committed to keeping you informed about the latest news in NWI. Here’s today’s submission from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana:

Last month Jewel-Osco announced that the company is accepting applications for its Hunger Relief Grant Program, designed to fund the operational needs of food pantries and soup kitchens.

Now in its third year, the $300,000 block grant program is conducted in partnership with three Feeding America area food banks: the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD), the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (FBNI).
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$20,000 diamond hunt to raise money for MS charity

Couples competing to win a $20,000 diamond will race through Wicker Memorial Park on a scavenger hunt next month during a massive fundraiser for the Indiana chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Albert’s Diamond Jewelers, The Times Media Co. and other local businesses are sponsoring the event, which will be at 3 p.m. September 12 at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland.

Couples looking to participate in the scavenger hunt can sign up at albertsdiamonddash.com before September 1 with a $25 donation to the MS Society. If more than 100 couples sign up, a lottery will be held to determine who participates. The chosen couples will have to hold hands throughout the event.
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Casino earns high marks from United Way

Majestic Star Casino recently was recognized as Casino of the Year for its contributions to Lake Area United Way during the group's 2009-10 campaign. Presenting and accepting the award are, from left, Rosa Maria Rodriguez, financial secretary, United Steelworkers Local 1010 and LAUW board member; Bob Scott, LAUW vice president of marketing; Carolyn Wiley, community volunteer and LAUW loaned executive; Larry Buck, Majestic Star Casino senior vice president and general manager; Chareice White, corporate director of community relations for Majestic Star and Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel; and Mona Vaccarella, vice president of human relations.

Majestic Star Casino recently was recognized as Casino of the Year for its contributions to Lake Area United Way during the group's 2009-10 campaign. Presenting and accepting the award are, from left, Rosa Maria Rodriguez, financial secretary, United Steelworkers Local 1010 and LAUW board member; Bob Scott, LAUW vice president of marketing; Carolyn Wiley, community volunteer and LAUW loaned executive; Larry Buck, Majestic Star Casino senior vice president and general manager; Chareice White, corporate director of community relations for Majestic Star and Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel; and Mona Vaccarella, vice president of human relations.

Majestic Star Casino has been named Casino of the Year by the Lake Area United Way for the corporate and employee group contributions it made during the 2009-10 annual community campaign, the organization said.

Lake Area United Way recognized Majestic Star for leading all area casinos in total corporate and employee giving at $93,854, achieving the highest average employee gift at $104.54, and the best overall employee participation level at 33 percent in the 2009-10 campaign, a news release states.

The award was presented to Larry Buck, Majestic Star’s senior vice president and general manager; Chareice White, corporate director of community relations for Majestic Star and Fitzgeralds Casino & Hotel; and Mona Vaccarella, vice president of human relations.
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Casino helps improve luck of homeless women

Maria, left, a resident at the ARC shelter, and Renitta Stout, executive cirector of the shelter, share a moment during the Majestic Star casino's annual Mother's Day reception honoring women from two local shelters. Casino employees donated thousands of dollars in clothing, toys, and various items to several local shelters. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

Maria, left, a resident at the ARC shelter, and Renitta Stout, executive cirector of the shelter, share a moment during the Majestic Star casino's annual Mother's Day reception honoring women from two local shelters. Casino employees donated thousands of dollars in clothing, toys, and various items to several local shelters. (Photograph by John Luke/The Times.)

The shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and hundreds of other personal items donated by Majestic Star casino workers couldn’t have come at a better time for the Sojourner Truth House.

The number of clients seen at the Gary day shelter for homeless women and their children has increased to 1,200 a month, shelter team member Karen Fayson said.

And while the shelter is usually able to gather food and clothing donations, finding the means to get items for clients is another matter, Fayson said.
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