On Tuesday, May 14, Lake County community members filled the Mascot Hall of Fame, near the shores of Whiting, Ind., to celebrate Legacy Foundation’s 26th Annual Meeting.
“We selected the Mascot Hall of Fame as the site of our annual meeting because Legacy Foundation has provided grants to support the activities that are offered here,” said Legacy Foundation President Carolyn Saxton.
The annual meeting serves as an opportunity for donors to the foundation, local nonprofits, and community members with whom the foundation works, to gather once a year. The event includes presentations from the CEO and board chair who review the previous year’s achievements and share the organization’s future goals.
Saxton spoke to the crowd about the Foundation’s 2018 highlights including, the $226,000 grant it received from the US Department of Agriculture for farmers markets in East Chicago and Gary, and a matching grant challenge of $1.875 million from Lilly Endowment Inc.
While attendees dined on stadium themed cuisine, Saxton shared the ways that philanthropy can be a driver of economic development in Northwest Indiana. Legacy Foundation, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County, Evanston Community Foundation, and The Chicago Community Trust are working together on a new program to build work skills for higher paying jobs within the green infrastructure profession, as part of an effort to identify and address issues of water quality and infrastructure in the Great Lakes. “Our involvement in this project is part of a larger one called Great Lakes One Water or GLOW and is taking place across each of the Great Lakes,” said Saxton.
During her speech at the annual meeting, Saxton said, “Legacy Foundation’s grantmaking, scholarships and projects are touching residents from Lowell, Cedar Lake and Crown Point to Hobart, Gary, Hammond and East Chicago; and, of course, here in Whiting.” Sponsors of the event included SEI and NIPSCO.
About Legacy Foundation
Legacy Foundation is a community foundation that supports the passions of philanthropic individuals, organizations, and businesses in Lake County, Ind. Through the generosity of many donors, Legacy has awarded more than $40 million to charitable causes since its founding in 1992. With a deep knowledge of local issues, we work creatively across the public, private and philanthropic sectors to address challenges throughout Lake County. For more information, visit www.legacyfdn.org.