Both serious cyclists and recreational riders biked along routes of varying distance from 26 miles to 100 miles which included unique rest stops along the way – Jackson Elementary School, with live entertainment from Wolffgang, Hobart High School’s select choir and Carrie Kietzman of Hobart; Lakeview Pavilion in Beverly Shores, with a stunning view of Lake Michigan; Lions Club Pavilion in New Buffalo, a Lake Michigan view with an Elvis sighting and entertainment by VNA Hospice Chaplain Craig Forwalter; and, Firefly Farm, a 305 acre working farm in LaPorte County.
Following their ride, cyclists were treated to a "taste of the region" with pulled pork sandwiches, fresh roasted corn, and frozen custard from Culver’s.
More than 90 volunteers, including VNA staff and volunteers, community volunteers, Porter County Radio Operators and students from local schools were on hand to register riders, serve breakfast and lunch, patrol the routes, man the rest stops, and even provide free massages.
Lorie’s Lakeside Century was sponsored by Platinum Sponsors Porter Health Care System and Urschel Laboratories. Silver sponsors were Puntillo & Crane Orthodontics the Jones and Kirkley families, Family Express and Home Mountain Publishing. Bronze Sponsors were Calumet Crank Club, Shive-Hattery, Task Force Tips, Valparaiso Soft Touch Car Wash, DLZ, Lakeside Wealth Management, Prompt Ambulance, General Insurance Services, and Coastal Valley Water. Copper Sponsors included Martin Security Systems, Kaufman Chiropractic, and the Schoolhouse Shop.
The VNA is the most patient-focused provider of aging, hospice and grief support services in Northwest Indiana. VNA’s services provide comfort, peace of mind, and superior care to families working through some of life’s greatest challenges. Services include VNA Meals on Wheels and Lifeline, helping seniors remain safe and independent; Hospice care, providing comfort for patient’s at end of life and support for their families; and, the VNA Phoenix Center, grief support for children, teens, and their families. For more information about VNA programs and services, call 219-462-5195 or visit www.VNANWI.org.