Seventeen pinball players from Wizard's World in Huntertown, including last year's state champion Scott Elliot of Columbia City, will compete at the International Flipper Pinball Association State Championship tournament on Jan. 18 in Indianapolis. Also competing are Adam Bolinger, Mike Burgess, Graham Stiver, Travis Hockemeyer, Ben Finkel, Joshua Franklin, Matt Owen, Deb Dull, Chris Fogel and Lukas Bakle, all of Fort Wayne; Mattison Ogden of Kendallville; Kevin Adkins of Churubusco; Nick Squires of Auburn; Molly Oury of LaGrange; Mark Moore of Ligonier; and Chris Wamsley of Columbus.
• The City of Fort Wayne and Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, along with the national organization Comfort Cases, will be collecting donations of new, unused backpacks and items such as new pajamas, blankets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, coloring books and journals. The bags and items will be given to foster children transitioning to a new home, so they don't have to carry their items in trash bags. Donations will be accepted through Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St. Monetary donations can also be given at www.comfortcases.org/ftwayne or by check to Comfort Cases, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 60, Rockville, MD 20850. For a complete list of donations, go to www.comfortcases.org.
• Bippus State Bank donated $50,000 to Parkview Huntington Hospital's Holly D. Sale Rehabilitation and Wellness Center through the Parkview Huntington Foundation.
• Financial Planning Services in Fort Wayne donated $1,000 to a charity of each employee's choice. The following organizations received donations: Footsteps Missions – The Garden of Love and Hope, Autism Society of Indiana, Frontline Ministries – Churubusco Church of the Nazarene, Enactus – Chapter at Olivet Nazarene University, International House and Because International – The Shoe That Grows.
• First Federal Savings Bank donated $10,000 to Huntington Catholic Schools through the Scholarship Granting Organization of Northeast Indiana for scholarships to attend the school.
• Indiana Landmarks awarded a $2,500 Efroymson Family Endangered Places grant to Whitley County Economic Development in Columbia City for the rehabilitation of a 1900 commercial building downtown and Sacred Place grants of $5,000 and $25,000 to Wabash Presbyterian Church.