Help Boys & Girls Clubs “Light Up La Porte County”


A local nonprofit is hoping to help make the community a little brighter this holiday season. Boys & Girls Clubs of La Porte County recently kicked off its “Light Up La Porte County for Great Futures” fundraiser. Between now and Oct. 29, all individuals and businesses making a donation of $100 or more will receive a string of blue lights to display during the month of December. 

The clubs provide youth development programming that supports academic success, character, citizenship and healthy lifestyles. All services are offered completely free of charge. After 25 years of operation in Michigan City, the organization recently launched a school-based club in Westville. On Oct. 25, the organization will add a fifth Club at Kingsford Heights Elementary School, and anticipates continued expansion in conjunction with its upcoming capital  campaign. 

“Over the past year, our dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners have been exploring  how we might be able to expand our reach throughout La Porte County,” says Michelle Shirk, chief executive officer. “This fall, we took the first steps towards making this vision a reality.  Our ‘Light Up La Porte County for Great Futures’ initiative will allow us to replace some of the special event revenue we have lost during the pandemic, while helping us raise awareness about our clubs throughout La Porte County.” 

Individuals and businesses interested in participating may pick up a donation form at the Charles R. Westcott Club at 321 Detroit St., Michigan City, or give online at Lights will be delivered during the month of November. Community members are welcome to contact the club at (219) 873-2298.

Boys & Girls Clubs of La Porte County is a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a  nationwide affiliation of 4,100 autonomous club organizations. For more information about  BGCLPC and its programming, please visit

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