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2023 Round 1 When Seconds Count AED Celebration

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023, Healthcare Foundation of La Porte (HFL) held its 2023 Round 1 AED Celebration at the HFL Conference & Learning Center. Each year, HFL provides grants for automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of its When Seconds Count: AED Initiative. The initiative helps ensure the La Porte County community has access to life-saving devices. When Seconds Count: AED Initiative works closely with La Porte County EMS to educate the community on the importance of routine AED maintenance, AED registration, and CPR training.


This year, through HFL’s When Seconds Count: AED Initiative, HFL awarded 48 AEDs, 37 cabinets, and signage to 23 grantees in this first round of awards. The amount awarded totaled $102,164.


Hosted by HFL, the AED Celebration welcomed the 2023 Round 1 AED grantees to the HFL Conference & Learning Center to receive their AEDs, watch a live demonstration of AED usage and readiness checks, hear from Andrew McGuire, administrator of La Porte County EMS, and connect with other AED grantees. Guests also heard from HFL Board Member Dr. Gary Wheeland on the importance of AEDs and from La Porte Fire Chief Andy Snyder on CPR / AED classes the City of La Porte Fire Department offers free of charge to the community, thanks in part to grants from HFL.


HFL also welcomed Camie White, Duneland Health Council’s Director, to the celebration. Duneland Health Council partnered with HFL in 2023 by funding and awarding 7 AEDs to Michigan City Area Schools at the event.


The 2023 Round 1 AED celebration was hosted on June 6 to coincide with National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, which spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States.


Learn more about the AED Collective and HFL’s When Seconds Count: AED Initiative.


Since 2017, HFL has awarded 185 AEDs to the community. The total amount awarded to date in AEDs and CPR-related grants is $435,398.


2023 Round 1 AED Recipients

American Legion Post 83 

Anam Cara Stables 

Beats for Bub, Colton Davis Foundation

Citizens Concerned for the Homeless 

Dunes Arts Foundation 

First Lutheran Church 

Foundation Property Management 

Friendship Botanic Gardens 

Independent Cat Society 

Kankakee Township Volunteer Fire Department 

La Lumiere School 

La Porte Community School Corporation 

La Porte County Historical Society Museum 

Michigan City Area Schools 

Michigan City Pop Warner Football and Cheer 

MSD of New Durham Township 

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church 

Paladin 

Service League of Michigan City 

Solid Waste District of La Porte County 

St. Paul's Episcopal Church 

Town of Long Beach 

Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation 





HFL accepts grant requests for the When Seconds Count: AED Initiative once per year, starting on February 14. To be eligible, applicants must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a school, or a governmental entity. Requests for AED grants are only accepted through HFL's grant portal.


HFL’s mission is empowering La Porte County residents to live healthy and well. Since 2017, HFL has invested more than $38 million in the La Porte County community.

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