Thanks to many, rally was a success

The Citywide Back-to-School Rally Committee would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers, businesses and organizations that helped make this year’s event a resounding success! More than 2,000 children and adults in our community attended the Citywide Rally on Aug. 11, which featured a wide variety of activities, exhibits and a backpack giveaway that provided school supplies to more than 1,900 Michigan City students in need.

Special thanks to this year’s Diamond sponsors, including American Licorice, Comcast, HealthLinc, MDWise, Meijer, the Michigan City Commission on the Social Status of African-American Males, the Northwestern Jaycees (Indiana State Prison), Sodexo and Walmart.

Additional donors and in-kind sponsors included Al’s Supermarkets, Alpha Baking Company, Captain Ed’s, the City of Michigan City, City Pure Ice, Domino’s Pizza, First Trust Credit Union, Franciscan Physician’s Network, Gordon Food Service, Horizon Bank, La Porte Savings Bank, McDonald’s, Michigan City Police Department, The News-Dispatch and Walgreens.

Many individuals and businesses in the community aided in the collection of school supplies distributed at the event. Collection locations included Al’s Supermarkets, Avenue Family Center, City Hall, First Trust Credit Union, Ivy Tech, Jazzercise, Life Care Center, Member’s Advantage Credit Union, Michigan City Area Schools and St. John’s United Church.

Volunteers who went the extra mile to assist with event setup and logistics include the Michigan City High School JROTC, PNW College Bound students, and the Michigan City Area Schools Food Service staff.

On behalf of the 2016 Rally Committee – which included representatives from American Licorice, Covering Kids and Families of La Porte County, HealthLinc, Indiana Black Expo, La Porte County NAACP, La Porte County Family YMCA, MDWise, Michigan City Area Schools, Deliverance & Victory Outreach Ministries, Purdue University Northwest and Sodexo — we extend heartfelt appreciation.

Thanks to the efforts of many, our students came back to school this fall well-prepared and ready to learn!

Patricia Harris, Chair

2016 Citywide Back to School Rally Committee

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