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
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
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
Judge Mary DeBoer
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.
Photos of the event
are at Valpolife.com and other sites.
Video is on YouTube.
individuals who wish to clarify the use of their name in relationship to the
event are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org