Live music from The Unit, featuring Angelo Cicco, will highlight the VNA Last Chance for White Pants casual gala on Sept. 14.

Exchange Club

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Exchange Club met on Aug. 13 at the DAV, Michigan City.   

Maggie Fritzen of Court Appointed Special Advocates gave a quick presentation and told Exchangites of CASA’s upcoming event Sept. 27.

“CASA is having a Back to the Prom event and sponsorships are available at this time,” she said.

August Program Chair Bill Hazelgrove introduced two officers from the La Porte County Emergency Medical Service: Captain Jeff Koon and Assistant Administrator Erick Fenstermaker. Eric told luncheon attendees that La Porte County EMS is the sole provider of emergency medical services for the county. The seven green and white ambulances provide care, for citizens, when 911 is called. The service was established in 1974 and in 1976 they sent nine employees to paramedic school.

Eric told Exchangites, “Nurses need doctors’ orders. We don’t.” The service performs their life saving work utilizing seven ambulances: three are based in Michigan City, three are based in La Porte and one is based in the town of Wanatah.

The department employs 53 responders and three billing agents. EMTs and Paramedics work a 24 hours on and 48 hours off schedule Their yearly budget is more than $3 million, and they answer more than 15,000 911 calls each year. They also provide stand by services at the La Porte County Fair, parades and various sporting events throughout the county.

La Porte County EMS is a five time winner of the Paramedic Service of the Year Award. During a question and answer session the administrator relayed the most common call is to assist a sick person. He also affirmed that callers are granted three lift assists before they are charged a fee. If you have an emergency call 911 and these dedicated first responders will be there to assist you.

The next meeting of Exchange is Aug. 20. The meeting starts at 12 p.m. and doors open at 11:30 a.m. The program is to be determined.



VNA Hospice asks for your support

MICHIGAN CITY — Your “Last Chance for White Pants” for the season at an event sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association of NWI. This summer casual event (white pants are optional) will feature a gourmet dinner, open bar, live music featuring The Unit, and dancing, as well as the opportunity to bid on some special live and silent auction items.

Last Chance for White Pants will be held at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City on Sept. 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and are available online at or by calling 219-531-8078. Proceeds from the event will support the completion of renovations and improvements at the Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center.

Since opening in 2002, the VNA Hospice Center has provided comfort and care to nearly 6,000 patients and their families.

“Over the last 17 years, we’ve seen some wear and tear at the hospice center. And we’ve also seen some changes in patient and family needs,” said Last Chance for White Pants Chair and VNA Board Chairman Cindy Kaariainen Tougaw. “This is a great opportunity for those touched by hospice to support the VNA Hospice Center AND have a great time!”

Indiana Beverage/Leetz Family is the Gold Sponsor for this year’s event. The Bar Sponsors are Sarah and Rick DeMaris and the Dessert Sponsor is Wells Fargo. Silver Sponsors are La Porte and Porter Hospitals; Chester, Inc.; Good Hospitality Services; The Lukach Family in memory of Avis & Paul Lukach; MacLennan & Bain Insurance; and, Donovan CPAs & Advisors. For more information about the programs and services offered by the VNA of NWI or about the event, visit the VNA website at or call 219-531-8078.

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