LaPorte High School Class of 1977 makes $5,000 gift to Unity’s Teen Dream Fund

Representatives of the LPHS Class of ‘77 Committee present the check to the Teen Dream Fund. From left: Carol Meyers, Shaw Friedman, LPHS Principal Ben Tonagel, Greta Friedman and Barb Ash.

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The LPHS Class of 1977 topped its recent 40th Reunion celebration with a $5,000 donation to the Teen Dream Fund, which encourages youths to participate in extracurricular, school-based activities.

The Class of 1977 was looking for ways to celebrate its reunion in a meaningful way. Class President Shaw Friedman said, “We started collecting donations from our class through the Unity Foundation. We asked Unity for ideas of programs we could support. Of those options, the Teen Dream Fund won the vote of class members attending the reunion. Today we are delighted to make this gift to reduce financial barriers for students to participate in extracurricular activities.”     

The Teen Dream Fund was started in 2015 by the Peter and Mary Kay Steele family. Past grants include helping send the LPHS Marching Band to the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade. Peter Steele said, “We are thrilled and honored that this high school class has chosen to support the fund. Certainly that contribution will be put to good use for kids who need it.”

LaPorte High School Principal Ben Tonagel said, “Our school is very appreciative of the thoughtful and generous gift from the Class of 1977. The Teen Dream Fund is a great resource available to our students to enhance their Slicer Experience. Extracurricular activities are central to the development of kids, and gifts like this to the Teen Dream Fund can open up opportunities for all students.”

To nominate a student or project for the Teen Dream Fund, contact Deb Varnak, Unity Foundation vice president, at To donate to the Teen Dream Fund, visit

2 Responses to “LaPorte High School Class of 1977 makes $5,000 gift to Unity’s Teen Dream Fund”

  1. Chris

    Oct 23. 2017

    I think this is the Class of 1977, not 1997. The article is right but the headline is wrong.

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