Fund Story

Dave Gardner was a 1969 graduate of Chesterton High School, an aviation junkie, and a long time employee of United Airlines, until his sudden passing in 2012. He loved this area and visited La Porte County often. With the current availability of the Lilly Endowment matching funds, his family saw an opportunity to honor his memory and provide a real service to deserving people and organizations in the area.

As his family shares: “Wherever you are, Dave, we know you approve.”

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