Category: Making a Difference

Seeing a Need

Nick Popovich quietly spreads donations across the region.

by Jerry Davich

Nick Popovich and his staff of aircraft specialists have repossessed hundreds of luxury jets and high-priced airplanes the past three decades. But the high-flying philanthropy behind his Valparaiso-based firm, Sage-Popovich Inc., often takes place away from the public’s radar.

The exhaustive list of groups, nonprofits and organizations to which Sage-Popovich has given monetary donations …

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Reaching for the Stars

Challenger Learning Center promotes science, engineering and space.

by Michael Puente

Educators often stress to students to “reach for the stars.” When Rebecca Manis says it, she means it, literally. “Our mission is to inspire and engage students in the STEM fields, science, technology, engineering and math. We do it through simulation. We try to make it as realistic as possible and expose them to …

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Posted in Education, Fall 2013, Making a Difference | Leave a comment

A Lasting Legacy

Largest estate gift funds St. Joseph’s College scholarships.
by Michael Puente

For two years beginning in 2008, Maureen Egan provided vital information about St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer to a complete stranger. She had no idea what this person was going to do with the information or to whom they were going to pass the information.
She provided details about how the 121-year-old small, private …

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Posted in Business, Making a Difference, Spring 2012 | Leave a comment

A Lasting Legacy

Largest estate gift funds St. Joseph’s College scholarships.
by Michael Puente

For two years beginning in 2008, Maureen Egan provided vital information about St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer to a complete stranger. She had no idea what this person was going to do with the information or to whom they were going to pass the information.

She provided details about how the 121-year-old small, private …

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Posted in Business, Education, Making a Difference, Spring 2012 | Leave a comment

An Ambassador for Northwest Indiana

John Davies helps honor region’s “Legends” and “Innovators.”
by Rick A. Richards

Ask John Davies for a couple of minutes and he’ll give you 10 on something positive about Northwest Indiana. Looking at the region’s bright spot is not just in his nature, it’s his mission.

John Davies

“I think it’s important to look to the past and how it relates to leadership today,” says John Davies,

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Posted in Business, Economic Development, Making a Difference, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

Creativity for a Good Cause

Artists support Hospice of the Calumet Area.
by Kathy McKimmie

“We’re quite a cottage industry,” says Lydia Dershewitz, of the Hospice Artisan group, whose sales of handmade items help support the programs of Hospice of the Calumet Area in Munster.

“We found a rather unique way of raising funds,” she says. “It’s all about hospice; it begins with the need and ends with the need.”…

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We Believe Project

Making a difference one person at a time, state-by-state.
by Rick A. Richards

Sylwia Pilat and Egle Vaitiekute are on their second road trip of a lifetime. The two Northwest Indiana women, who met at Red Robin restaurant where they worked, are visiting 16 states in the eastern part of the country, and along the way, they’re doing a good deed in each of them. …

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GLIMPSE OF THE FUTURE

Mentoring outlines career options for middle-school girls.
by Shari Held

When Jeni Elkins’s daughter, Olivia, showed an interest in becoming a cyber-forensic specialist, Elkins, who had worked in computer technology for years, reached out to the CEO of a cyber-forensics company to give Olivia insight into the profession. “That woman opened up my daughter’s world,” Elkins says.

Elkins, who had developed a mentoring program at …

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The Wellness Connection

By Kathy McKimmie

Wellness programs, health risk assessments and carrot-and-stick employee incentive programs to encourage healthy lifestyles have been around for decades. Their effectiveness has been mixed for many reasons, including their voluntary nature, the lack of a convincing return on investment and the inability of fully insured small employers to impact their current insurance rates.

Still, as health-care cost increases continue in the double …

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Eco-Friendly Golfing

Northwest Indiana courses maintained with the planet in mind.
by Steve Kaelble

The golf course is such a place of beauty and tranquility–it’s a bit surprising to imagine that a golf course has the potential to have a negative impact on the environment. It’s comforting, then, to learn of the committed environmental stewards who are watching over Northwest Indiana golf courses, and their painstaking efforts …

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