2017 Inaugural MEF Walk-A-Thon a success!

The Merrillville Education Foundation sponsored its first Walk-A-Thon on a beautiful Saturday morning on September 16, 2017.   A million thanks to all who came out to participate!  We had nearly 100 participants, and it was a tremendous success.  Everyone got some good exercise, many prizes were given out, and a fun time was had by all.  We would like to thank the following people for their generosity and support:


  • Merrillville students, families, and staff for raising money and coming to the walk
  • Merrillville teachers, support staff and principals for spreading the word
  • Business and community sponsors for giving donations and prizes (see below)
  • MHS Athletic Department for helping coordinate the event
  • MHS Graphic Arts Department for creating the posters, banner, and t-shirts
  • Volunteers from the Merrillville High School STAND Club, the Freshmen Mentor Program, MHS Cheerleaders, and MHS Concession Stand for giving of their time
  • Bernardino Perea and Terrell Taylor for the great photos covering the event
  • Merrillville Education Foundation Board Members for doing what it takes to make this inaugural event a success!

2017 Walk-A-Thon Sponsors
Many thanks to our sponsors of our inaugural MEF Walk-A-Thon! With your support, the Foundation continues to provide unique and valuable education opportunities for Merrillville students.

Silver Star Contributors – $500 to $999
Puntillo and Crane Orthodontics PC

Bronze Star Contributors – $250 to $499
Carras-Szany-Kuhn and Associates, PC

DVG Team, Inc.
Hugh P. Seller & Frances K. Seller, DDS
McMahon & Associates CPA’s, P.C.
Prudential Financial – Andrew Draper
STIFEL – Mark Lazart

Purple Star Contributors – $100 to $249
Acme Print Copy Design
Briggs Insurance Company
Burns Funeral Home
Cari Hooper
Centier Bank
Copier Consultants
David Barrick – Real Estate
Debbie Argenta
Hilda Damianick
Janis Qualizza
Merrillville Kiwanis

Walk-A-Thon Gift Sponsors
Abuelo’s Restaurant
Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
Chuck E. Cheese
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
Culver’s Restaurant
Fahrenheit Two Twelve Restaurant
Family Express
Jelly Pancake House
Maxim’s Restaurant and Lounge
QDOBA Mexican Eats
Railcats Baseball
Sam’s Club
Spill the Beans