The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club (Indiana, US — District 6540) was founded in February 1960 by 20 members, and over the decades it has participated in many fundraisers and events that support a variety of community causes.
Some of its beneficiaries include Little League, 4-H, Boy Scouts of America, scholarships for seniors at Chesterton High School, as well as international initiatives.
This summer, the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club will partner with two local organisations to support their causes, while bringing family fun to the area.
“We have partnered with Babapaloosa and the Chesterton Art Fair to offer a combo ticket for the weekend for these two wonderful events,” explains Kasandra Tenbarge, membership chair for the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club.
“The combo ticket is 20 per cent off, so you can come to Chesterton for the weekend, stay here and have a bigger weekend.”
The weekend kicks off with the 59th annual Chesterton Art Fair, August 5 and 6 in Dogwood Park.
“We have many different media, such as fibre, paintings, ceramics, metal arts, mixed media, stained glass, and jewelry,” says Wendy Marsiniak, publicist for the Chesterton Art Centre, which hosts the event.
“It’s a juried fair, which means it is the creme of the crop. Artists travel from all over the country to show here. Last year we had 90-plus artists, and this year the applications are already pouring in.”
On Sunday, August 6, Sunset Hill Farm at 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso will host Babapaloosa.
“Babapaloosa is an all-day family-friendly music event,” Tenbarge says.
“The bands start at 1 pm and go all day long. There is area for children’s activities, food vendors, beer and wine vendors, and a market.”
“The event benefits the See Change Foundation in Nepal, and half the proceeds go to our initiatives at Rotary.”
The See Change Foundation works closely with community organisations in Nepal to provide scholarships to rural children, help fund essential medical care, and engage in sustainable rural development projects.
Babapoloosa originated from an annual charity ride organised by Gary Bouchard, to benefit the See Change Foundation, which was founded by his son, Erik.
The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club has been a sponsor of this event for the last few years.