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Dunes Action fundraiser draws crowd of 160-plus

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Over 160 people attended Wednesday's fundraising event for Dunes Action. The community supper was held at St. Pat's Chapel Hall, from 5 to 7 p.m., July 20.

Master of Ceremonies Jeff Farkas, of the Izaak Walton League, thanked all who attended to show support for the cause. "We are striving to halt privatization and commercialization of our Indiana Dunes State Park," Farkas said. “This battle has been going on for more than a year, and be assured it is not over.”

Farkas thanked all those who attended, announced the silent auction donors, elicited a round of applause for the many volunteers who put the event together and urged all those present to not give up. “I cannot emphasize this enough--this is not a done deal.”

Farkas also urged attendance at the next public meeting of Dunes Action, set for Monday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.

Attorney Jeff Cefali provided a short explanation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) requirements, which bars construction at the site prior to completion of an environmental assessment of the project, and requires a public comment period.

“The DNR accepted project funds from the LWCF and are bound by those rules,” Cefali said. Completion of the assessment and the public comment period have yet to be announced. Cefali urged Dunes Action supporters to “stay alert” and “stay engaged.”

Food & fun

The popular Tommy Thompson band, which has provided impromptu concerts on the beach at the historic pavilion, provided entertainment. Young and old enjoyed the celebratory atmosphere, which included some dancing in the aisles.

A variety of food and soft beverages were served, including vegetarian options.

Among the donated dessert items on offer were ‘dune’ cupcakes by Tiger Lily Cafˇ, which captured attention. Tiny icing dunes were topped with marram grass, each with a ‘Stop the Mistake on the Lake’ sign perched on top. A sheet cake also carried the message. Additional desserts and dinner items were donated by Red Cup Cafe, and Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders.

Every single one of the over 20 silent auction items was bid on and sold. Gift baskets and artwork were donated by House of Berggren, Duneland Pizza, Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor, Gary South Shore RailCats, Michelle Hunt-Newham, Hoosier Bat Company, Sylvia Graham, Lake Effect Florals, Vickie Lipniskis, Maple City Roasters, Pieces of Jayde, April Wiseman-Wilson, and Yoga Mecca.

T-shirts were created by Chesterton Printing Company.

A special thank you is extended to Father James Meade.

Another Dunes Action fundraiser is being planned for September.


Posted 7/22/2016





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