Over 160 people
attended Wednesday's fundraising event for Dunes Action. The community
supper was held at St. Pat's Chapel Hall, from 5 to 7 p.m., July 20.
Ceremonies Jeff Farkas, of the Izaak Walton League, thanked all who attended
to show support for the cause. "We are striving to halt privatization and
commercialization of our Indiana Dunes State Park," Farkas said. “This
battle has been going on for more than a year, and be assured it is not
Farkas thanked all
those who attended, announced the silent auction donors, elicited a round of
applause for the many volunteers who put the event together and urged all
those present to not give up. “I cannot emphasize this enough--this is
not a done deal.”
Farkas also urged
attendance at the next public meeting of Dunes Action, set for Monday, July
25, 6:30 p.m., at the Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave.,
Cefali provided a short explanation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
(LWCF) requirements, which bars construction at the site prior to completion
of an environmental assessment of the project, and requires a public comment
“The DNR accepted
project funds from the LWCF and are bound by those rules,” Cefali said.
Completion of the assessment and the public comment period have yet to be
announced. Cefali urged Dunes Action supporters to “stay alert” and “stay
Food & fun
The popular Tommy
Thompson band, which has provided impromptu concerts on the beach at the
historic pavilion, provided entertainment. Young and old enjoyed the
celebratory atmosphere, which included some dancing in the aisles.
A variety of food
and soft beverages were served, including vegetarian options.
Among the donated
dessert items on offer were ‘dune’ cupcakes by Tiger Lily Cafˇ, which
captured attention. Tiny icing dunes were topped with marram grass, each
with a ‘Stop the Mistake on the Lake’ sign perched on top. A sheet cake also
carried the message. Additional desserts and dinner items were donated by
Red Cup Cafe, and Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders.
Every single one of
the over 20 silent auction items was bid on and sold. Gift baskets and
artwork were donated by House of Berggren, Duneland Pizza, Dog Days Ice
Cream Parlor, Gary South Shore RailCats, Michelle Hunt-Newham, Hoosier Bat
Company, Sylvia Graham, Lake Effect Florals, Vickie Lipniskis, Maple City
Roasters, Pieces of Jayde, April Wiseman-Wilson, and Yoga Mecca.
created by Chesterton Printing Company.
A special thank you
is extended to Father James Meade.
Action fundraiser is being planned for September.