November 6, 2021 the Lake Central Education Foundation (LCEF) sponsored their first annual “Be a Hero -5K Walk/Run” fundraiser. Final proceeds of over $18,000 earned went to its central purpose of providing innovative educational opportunities for Lake Central School Corporation students through grants.

The “Hero” of this event was Dr. Dayna Less, a graduate of Lake Central High. The festivities of race morning were dedicated to the inspiration Dr. Less provided many before her life was taken way too soon in May 2018. On November 18, 2012, Dr. Less’ life was taken when a shooting at Mercy Hospital, Chicago, occurred. She received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Purdue University and was serving as a Resident at the time of the shooting. She was known for being kind, forgiving, persistent, helpful, smart, and adventurous. She was also a runner and a writer, and passionate about helping others.

Each participant was given a “Dayna Less Memorial” pin and encouraged to wear it during the race in memory of Dr. Less. Additionally, participants of the race wore their favorite superhero gear including capes and other super hero costumes.

With over 245 registrants, LCEF received participant comments from Northwest Indiana runner, Vivian Velasco, “The organization of this event was superb. I enjoyed the morning because there was no frustration, all questions were answered and LCEF volunteers were readily available to help the runners. The planners left nothing to chance and the runners were happy to participate. This was an uplifting event for all ages and hopefully one that will be repeated next year. I for one have already been singing the praises of the Dayna Less 5 K event to my fellow running colleagues.”

Through the partnerships with educators, parents, businesses, and the greater community of this fundraiser, the LCEF was able to provide over $6,000 to teacher program funding through Spring Grant Round 56. Also, LCEF awared a Seed Grant in the amount of $10,000 for an Emergency Bucket Project sponsored by the SCSC Safety Committee.