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People and places

Giving back

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in the central division of Kroger stores, including Fort Wayne and Huntington, collected 78,304 pounds of food during the month of March. Food donations go to local or regional food pantries.

Delta Dental Foundation presented the McMillen Center for Health Education $100,000 to help expand its “Brush!” program.

IAB Financial Bank donated more than $1,200 to Community Harvest Food Bank for Oklahoma tornado relief.

•The Noble County Relay for Life raised $37,812 for the American Cancer Society. The “Butterflies from Heaven” team, sponsored by the Yates family, raised the most money at $3,201.

•The Junior League of Fort Wayne gave $1,500 each to Hope House and Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau.

Moser Motors of Berne donated $2,000 to Family LifeCare in Berne. The money will be used for the Veteran Honor Blanket program, which provides American flag blankets to veteran patients.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation gave $25,000 to Pathfinder Community Connections for pre-homebuyer education and counseling in Fort Wayne.

Early Childhood Alliance’s Lakeside Tea at Wawasee fundraiser raised $35,000 to benefit children and families with early care and education.

American Electric Power Foundation donated $250,000 to Community Harvest Food Bank.

Awards/recognition

Betty Peterson and Ruth Elijah of Ligonier received the state Hoosier Hospitality Award for creating 33 historic murals in Ligonier.

Free passes offered

The National Parks Service is offering free lifetime passes into federal recreation sites for people with disabilities. For information, go to www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm.

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