Annual gala celebrates group's
By Annette Arnold Monday, March 7, 2011
VALPARAISO | Brandon Miller was glad to be a part of the
Prevent Child Abuse Porter County 12th annual Mardi Gras
Gala last weekend at Old Town Banquet Center.
Decorated with purple, yellow and green beads along with
Mardi Gras masks, about 100 people not only celebrated
the New Orleans event but the accomplishments of this
Porter County group.
Miller, executive director of the Portage Resale Shop,
was the recipient of this year's Hero for Children
Award, given out annually by the group.
Miller has been involved in many outreach projects for
children including giving children coats and new pairs
Miller received the award from the group's president,
"I am sad that this organization has to exist," said
Miller, " but I am glad it is out there and that I can
help out with physical needs."
Miller believes that no child should have to sleep on
the floor and that children need clothes and shoes.
During the evening people were able to participate in a
50/50 raffle and a silent auction which included oil
change packages, dinner, throwing out the first pitch at
a Railcats game and a coffee machine.
Shirley was glad to see the turnout of people in the
"This brings the community together and makes them aware
of our organization," he said. "We are a small but
dedicated group of people."
is a volunteer with the group and was glad to be in
"I've come to the Mardi Gras in the past and I can't
believe what a small group this is for all they do." she
Mary Beth Schultz, head of The Caring Place in
Valparaiso, was also glad she attended the gala.
"Everything they do goes to helping kids," she said.
"It's a pure cause and people are in it for the right