Lincoln Financial Foundation approved the following grants: Fort Wayne Philharmonic, $49,000; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $40,000; Fort Wayne Ballet, $20,000; Fort Wayne Cinema Center, $17,500; Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, $16,200; Fort Wayne Dance Collective, $15,000; Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education (FAME), $13,500; Fort Wayne Children's Choir, $13,000; Fort Wayne Youtheatre, $13,000; Heartland Chamber Chorale, $13,000; Audiences Unlimited, $12,000; Fort Wayne Park Foundation, $12,000; Unity Performing Arts Foundation, $9,000; ARCH, $7,500; Artlink, $7,500; and Embassy Theatre Foundation, $7,000. A multi-year payment includes $280,000 to Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, which fulfills the foundation's two-year commitment awarded in 2013.
Food bank in summer program
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana will participate in the Summer Food Service Program that offers free meals to children ages 18 and under and to adults who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. Lunch is served noon-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 17-Aug. 7, at Ashley United Methodist Church in Ashley, and breakfast is served 8-9 a.m. Monday-Friday and lunch is served 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday, June 11-Aug. 7, at Euell A. Wilson Community Center, 1512 Oxford St.
Community Harvest Food Bank announced its annual CANstruction winners: Central Noble High School, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use Of Labels and Judge's Favorite; Blackhawk Christian, Most Cans In Structure and Most Cans Collected; Canterbury High School, Best Meal; DeKalb High School, Best Use Of Theme; Towles New Tech, Second Honorable Mention; New Haven High School, First Honorable Mention; and Concordia Lutheran High School, People's Choice. This year's competition used 69,525 cans.
Earth Day celebration
Little River Wetlands Project will host an Earth Day event 1-5 p.m. April 27 at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road. The event consists of displays, presentations, learning opportunities and dedication of the pedestrian bridge. Engle Road will be closed to traffic that afternoon.
Brain Game names winner
The Fort Wayne Center for Learning announced the Babes & Bandits team was named “Brightest Bulbs in the Fort” at this year's Brain Game. The Brain Game was held March 22 and benefits the Fort Wayne Center for Learning. The Brain Game is a Hollywood-style trivia game, which benefits children in our area who learn differently.
Company funds Parkinson’s device
Ambassador Enterprises, an Indiana-based for-profit philanthropic equity investment firm, is providing Series A funding to support the U.S. sales launch of the SpeechVive device, a behind-the-ear smart device that helps people who suffer from Parkinson's disease to speak more loudly and communicate more effectively.
Little River Wetlands Project offers several opportunities for anyone who wants to volunteer at its preserves. “Invasive Plant Species Training” meets in two parts 6:30-8 p.m. May 7 and 9 a.m.-noon May 10 at its office 7209 Engle Road, Suite 200. Free. “Monarch Monitor Training” takes place 10 a.m.-noon June 21 at Eagle Marsh barn, 6801 Engle Road. Free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-2515 to reserve a spot.
Money for veterans’ blankets
Portland Foundation presented $881 to Family LifeCare for the Veterans Honor Blanket Program, where a blanket is draped over a veteran's body, displayed at the funeral home and given to the family as a keepsake. Donations may be sent to Family Hospice, 168 W. Main St., Berne IN 46711. Visit www.FamilyLifeCareIN.org for more information.
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