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Readers dispute use of business names in Valpo prom web posts and story

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Several readers have complained about the Chesterton Tribune’s list of “sponsors” of the PROM-ised event at the Porter County Expo Center on July 15.

One reader said the businesses were not sponsors but “supporters.”

Another said a specific business did not support the event.

Printed flyers for the event listed several businesses as “supporters.” Graphics at the end of a video posted to YouTube after the event specifically refers to those businesses and organizations as “LOCAL SPONSORS,” then lists them.

Valpo Noon Kiwanis Club

In that video the parents committee separately expresses its gratitude “TO ALL THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS AND NOON KIWANIS.”

In a Facebook post on June 24, the Valpo Noon Kiwanis Club announced that it “is excited to help bring a much-deserved prom to Valparaiso High School Juniors and Seniors of the 2019-2020 school year.” In a comment on that post, someone put this question to Noon Kiwanis: ”Masks? Only dance with your date? Social distancing?”

Noon Kiwanis replied: “(W)e’re not involved with the logistics of the event at all. If you have questions, please email the address on the bottom of the flyer.”

A Pink Boutique

A poster to the Tribune’s Facebook page stated on Monday that A Pink Boutique of Hobart was not in fact a sponsor of the event. The Pink Boutique is closed today and the Tribune was unable to contact the owner or manager. The promotional flyer does thank A Pink Boutique for its support and the video does include A Pink Boutique as one of the “LOCAL SPONSORS.” It’s possible that the name of the business was confused with a similarly named one in Valparaiso. No one from either business has sought a correction as of press time today.

Judge Mary DeBoer

Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary DeBoer was another named in the promotional flyer as a supporter and in the video as a local sponsor.

Today her husband, David DeBoer, told the Tribune that “she did not sponsor” PROM-ised but is a member of Kiwanis who attended the event--masked--as a volunteer.

Tribune Email

Photos of the event are at and other sites.

Video is on YouTube.

Businesses and individuals who wish to clarify the use of their name in relationship to the event are encouraged to email


Posted 7/28/2020




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