With visions of improving the world through their focus on community and children, it is no wonder that the Duneland Family YMCA and the Duneland Kiwanis Club teamed up for a golf outing on a beautiful Friday morning. With two great organizations striving for the same cause, the outing was sure to be a success.
For years, the Duneland YMCA and the Chesterton/Duneland Kiwanis Club held separate golf outings. After joining the Kiwanis Club, Dave Kasarda, CEO of the Duneland Family YMCA realized both organizations were holding golf outings for the same mission. With the help of fellow Kiwanians, a partnership formed for the 2015 golf outing.
“Now we have an event that will support two great organizations. We are really excited about the outing this year and all the money raised will help to improve the quality of life in the Duneland Communities,” Dave said.
Of the twenty-three foursomes golfing, all were strong supporters of the Kiwanis Club or the YMCA.
“We both serve the community. Kiwanis focuses on serving children of the community and the YMCA focuses on serving the entire community, from infants to elders,” Kathryn harris, annual campaign chair at the YMCA and twenty year member of the Duneland Kiwanis Club, explained, “We have amazing programs at the YMCA that help the entire community and the Kiwanis Club also supports a wide variety of the community. We help support the food pantry and we do a reading program at the library.”
Steve Beach was one of just under a hundred golfers that came out today. As a RN and wellness coordinator for Porter Regional Health at Work Program, Steve said “Porter is one of the main sponsors of the YMCA and I wanted to come out to support the efforts of the YMCA that we’re in partnership with. Also being a Kiwanian, i have a kindred interest in wanting to help the Duneland community as well.”
Jane Delligatti, marketing director at the YMCA, said, “Everything the YMCA does through their annual campaign helps our Y scholarship fund. It helps us fund families in need of YMCA services, for example day care, swimming lessons, after school sports. It means an awful lot to us because we believe that everyone that needs our help should receive it.”
With the promise of an enjoyable morning of golf with friends and an amazing cause, all participants of the event arrived to the Brassie Golf Club smiling, eager to help two important organizations.
The success of the event was made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: 1st American Management, 1st Source Bank, Alliance Group Tech, Allsafe Storage, Anton Insurance Agency, BMO Harris Bank, Carney Construction, Chesterton Stone & Landscape Supply, Christy Jarka, Connors Automotive, Dan Keilman, Danny O's Bar & Grill, Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Eliminate Thirst, Gaston's Towing & Auto Repair, Greg Babcock, Attorney At Law, Harris Welsh & Lukmann, Horizon Bank, Illiana Basement Waterproofing, Layer, Tanzillo, Stassin and Babcock P.C., Meridian Title Corporation, NUVO CLEANERS, P K Financial, Popolano's Restaurant, Porter Regional Hospital, Professional Appraisal Services, Running Vines, Servepro of Porter County, Shinn Builders, Skillman Corporation, Suzanne Philbrick, Attorney At Law, Valparaiso Insurance Professionals, Wells Fargo Advisors - Kristin Jackson, Wells Fargo Advisors - Tom, Roberts, Winey Insurance Agency