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Everyday passionate, courageous and self-sacrificing individuals serve others and their community exhibiting what it means to live united. The Spirit Awards celebrate these dedicated, unsung heroes.
To find these heroes, we with the help of The Times of Northwest Indiana held a regionwide search for remarkable, every day volunteers through an online nomination process. We collected stories about 27 incredible people doing great things in Northwest Indiana!
The nomination pool was narrowed down to eight award winners by an selection committee of volunteers.
Also honored at our Annual Community Celebration were Dr. Larry McAfee of Valparaiso and Rich Gardener of Chesterton. McAfee received the 2018 LIVE UNITED Award for exemplary service to United Way of Porter County and Gardner received the 2018 Dorothy M. Porter Award, United Way of Porter County’s lifetime achievement award for service. Annual Community Celebration photo gallery here.