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Babapaloosa music festival has global and local impact

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The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club created Babapaloosa, a family friendly event featuring local bands, foods, and brews, to benefit others locally and in Nepal. The Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self”.

The See Change Foundation (SCF) is a 501-c3 charity created by local 2004 Chesterton High School graduate Eric Bouchard in support of the educational, nutritional, medical, and cultural needs of children of conflict and poverty in the Lamjung region of Nepal. SCF is a main benefactor of the proceeds of the Babapaloosa festival, developed to raise money and awareness locally on SCF’s behalf. SCF supports an orphanage, computer labs, libraries and more in Nepal.

This year SCF has taken on the initiative to provide a warm, nutritious meal for 86 students that would not have access to food at home, along with a provision of reusable sanitary pad distribution and feminine hygiene workshops for underprivileged girls and a school uniform distribution for kids at public schools for those who cannot afford them.

Now in its seventh year, SCF has shifted towards sustaining scholarships for the children they have touched. Two longtime students are being sent on to secondary school through the support of SCF and Babapaloosa. SCF works closely with Nepal native Huma Guring to maintain a direct line of communication with those in need.

Beyond Nepal the Babapaloosa festival provides assistance for local needs and charities. The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club takes their shared proceeds from the event to support local giving like Westchester Food Pantry, Rebuilding Together, Duneland Diamond, Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary, The YMCA, Porter County Boys & Girls Club, and five local scholarships.

Bapapaloosa Sunday

The gates open at noon on Sunday, August 5, at Sunset Hill Farm. Music starts at 12:30 p.m. with Dan Vogedes and 444, Jerica Paliga at 1:45, Pet Envy out of Nashville at 3:00, Nic Byrd and Los Pecados de Maria at 4:45, with The Corey Dennison Band taking the stage at 6:00.

Valpo Velvet, So Good Island Grill, Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Kona Ice and Sweet, and Savory Delights will be serving up food, drinks and snacks. Leroy’s Hot Stuff will operate a beer garden with local brewery choices and a full bar. Twenty percent of all sales are donated back to the fundraiser and due to excise no outside alcohol will be allowed.

Volunteers and sponsorships make this entire day possible.



Posted 8/1/2018




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