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Community Raises Funds to Support Dunebrook’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Michigan City, IN – Sept. 27, 2021 – The Gardens in Michigan City provided a scenic backdrop for Dunebrook’s “Cocktails in the Garden” event on Sept. 16. The event, underwritten in part by American Licorice and ADS/Acme Communications, invited guests to enjoy food from Social Q BBQ, Rolling Stonebaker and
South Bend Chocolates and beverages from Patrick’s Grille while enjoying mingling and an auction with one-of-a-kind items, fine wine and dining and sports collectibles.

Board President, Tony Gillisee, said that Dunebrook wanted to do something a little different to celebrate being
safely back together with our old and new friends. “The Cocktail event gave us the chance to showcase this gem
we have in Michigan City while raising such vital funds for our work at Dunebrook.”

Congratulations to our Award Recipients!

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Thank You Lakefront Career Network

Dunebrook has been thrilled to be LCN’s Spotlight Organization in 2020 and 2021. It’s been a tremendous partnership in building community connections, raising financial and in-kind support for our work and building awareness of Dunebrook’s parenting support, public education and child advocacy programs 

Thank you, LCN, for hosting Share the Love Week, February 8-12 and partnering with businesses for a week of give backs supporting Dunebrook. Thank you to LCN and the participating businesses, Fannie May, Holly’s Restaurant, South Bend Chocolates, Boathouse Grill, Uptown Social and the Michigan City Fire Department.  

Lakefront Career Network provides opportunities for young professionals to develop a personal network, grow professionally and succeed in business while enhancing the community’s quality of life. More information on how to become a member of LCN and upcoming events is available by visiting?www.mcachamber.com. 

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Congratulations to Unity Foundation of LaPorte County

Unity Foundation of La Porte County met its goal to raise $500,000, successfully completing the Lilly Endowment Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative, Phase VII match. This 2-year effort by the Unity team triples the impact of local donations to Unity’s Community Funds. The $500,000 raised became $1.5 million and will support community needs. 

Congratulations to Unity Foundation for this achievement and THANK YOU! 

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every April, Dunebrook joins with communities around the nation to rally support for child abuse prevention. Child abuse thrives in secrecy, so the message needs to be heard, “If you know something, say something!” 

We are partnering with Al’s Supermarkets, Kabelin’s Ace, Leed’s Public House and others who believe that keeping children safe is a top priority for our community.  

An online auction, along with retail merchant and restaurant give backs, are in the works. We look forward to sharing more about the issues, our work and how you can get involved in giving children happy, healthy and safe childhoods.  

We will be sharing more information about Dunebrook’s April activities and Child Abuse Prevention Month through social media, enews and area media outlets.  

If you are concerned for a child’s safety, call Indiana’s Child Abuse hotline at 800/800-5556. You do not have to prove that abuse exists, just state what you know. Calls may be made anonymouslyIf you know a child who is in immediate danger, call 911. 

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My Healthy Baby

Have you noticed the new My Healthy Baby billboards around LaPorte County? This billboard blitz is part of the State’s efforts to wrap supports around expectant moms and babies to improve birth outcomes.  

Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in our nation. A baby born in Cuba, Latvia or 

Malta has a stronger chance of surviving his or her first year of life than a baby born in LaPorte County, Indiana. 

Dunebrook is proud to be one of My Healthy Baby’s partners in helping guide and support expectant moms through the joy, overwhelm and anticipation of pregnancy and delivery, and being there for parents as they welcome their baby into their lives. 

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