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People of praise

Fundraiser set

The Glamour Giving Goodness Event, which benefits the National Kidney Foundation, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ceruti’s Summit Park, 6601 Innovation Blvd. The event showcases 40 local businesses, and blogger and author Nikki Knepper will sign books. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at, or $25 at the door.

Giving back

Star Financial Bank awarded Allen County Education Partnership $250 for the agency’s Project READS program.

Richard’s Jewelry of Berne and its customers donated $1,286 to Family LifeCare in Berne, which provides home care, hospice, grief support and children’s programs, through jewelry sold during its “Giving Back Locally” event.

St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth School raised $1,756 for the Mailisita Foundation and Stella Maria School in Tanzania.

Perry Hill Elementary students raised $1,300 for Riley Hospital for Children through the sale of decorated tiles by students.

•The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma presented the Forks of the Wabash with books from the Juanita Young Library. The books will be used in the Historic Forks Interpretive Center.

•The Disorderly Bear Den donated more than 300 bears and animals to CANI in March for use in its locations.

Patty Bartholme of Fort Wayne is among many volunteers working with Samaritan’s Purse to help victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

Hoover the Mover has teamed with Move For Hunger and Kroger for the Fill-A-Truck Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The event will be at Kroger Marketplace, 5725 Coventry Lane, and food will be donated to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana.

•The Fort Wayne March for Babies event last month raised more than $100,000.


Pathfinder Community Connections in Huntington honored volunteers and awarded Angela and Casey Morgan the Dynamic Duo award, Aleksandra Spasic the International Superstar award, Joana Brenneman the Most Valuable Preparer award and Bill Horoho the Highest Achiever award.

Trevor Wise of Leo Elementary School in Leo-Cedarville won first place and $500 in the Hoosier ReLeaf middle school national essay contest. Liberty Chaney of Garrett Middle School in Garrett won honorable mention.

University of Saint Francis won the Indiana Landmarks’ Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration for its transformation of Brookside on campus.