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I just received an update from Vanessa Richards-Reed, who reached out to me in August about the Verta Richards Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Verta Richards was a Gary native who died in September 2010 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Verta’s husband, Gregory Richards, and the family established a foundation in Verta’s memory to raise funds for the University of Chicago Pancreatic Cancer Research Center. They also created an annual golf outing-fundraiser that was conducted this year Sept. 15 at Indian Ridge in Hobart.

This year, the foundation raised $6,500 to donate to the University of Chicago Pancreatic Cancer Research Center.

Richards-Reed said this year’s golf outing was successful because more money was raised than last year.

“We will continue to raise money and awareness on pancreatic cancer and continue to support the University of Chicago Pancreatic Cancer Research Center’s ongoing research for early detection, treatments and, eventually, a cure for pancreatic cancer,” she said.

I also have a column update from Bishop Noll Institute student Velveteena Springer.

If you recall, I did a column about Springer because her summer was filled with an extremely busy schedule. She had a dance class going on, is writing a book and created an organization called Pretty Girls Rock.

Springer is seeking positive, outgoing young ladies ages 15-18 to be mentors for Pretty Girls Rock.

“The mentors are young women with great attitudes and self-worth, and their purpose will be to inspire other young women,” Springer said.

She added that the mentors will form a diverse group willing to donate some time to help build Pretty Girls Rock.

“They will help promote PGR, as well as take photos for the PGR website and advertisement,” Springer said.

To learn more about Pretty Girls Rock, including how to be a PGR mentor, email Springer at pgr_2012@yahoo.com.

Vendor applications are available for the inaugural Vendor Holiday Shopping Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd.

The bazaar is being hosted by Events by Tiffaney and Marquette Park Pavilion. More than 40 local and regional crafters and vendors have been invited to showcase their works and products.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, e-mail eventsbytiffaney@gmail.com or events@marquetteparkgary.com.



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