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Local ‘We Give Thanks’ community challenge gets a boost

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Parkview LaGrange Hospital has awarded $3,000 to the “We Give Thanks” Community Challenge from their Community Health Improvement Program Fund. In its second year, the “We Give Thanks” Community Challenge is a partnership of United Fund of LaGrange County and the LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF). Its purpose is to provide funds for the food pantries serving LaGrange County families.

The Parkview gift of $3,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. The match is made possible by gifts from the Olive B. Cole Foundation and Farmers State Bank, LCCF and United Fund community partners.

The “We Give Thanks” Community Challenge match is offered for a total of $10,000. In addition, if the community meets the $10,000 target, the LCCF and UFLC boards of directors have committed to “topping it off” with an additional $5,000 to make the total amount to be distributed to food pantries $25,000. All gifts are tax deductible.

At the December LaGrange County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Blue Gate Restaurant in Shipshewana, the chamber also stepped forward for the challenge as Chamber Executive Director Beth Sherman donated a holiday themed basket that Mike Patka auctioned off to guests. The proceeds from the auction were donated to the campaign.

The “We Give Thanks” Community Challenge continues through the end of the year. The final distribution from the campaign will be made to local food pantries early in 2013. Anyone who would like to contribute to the challenge should contact the LaGrange County Community Foundation at (260) 463-4363 or the United Fund of LaGrange County at (260) 463-8040.