Applications are being accepted for AED programs

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Kathryn Weil Center for Education and Chili Blast Charities Inc. are accepting applications for the placement of AEDs (cardiac defibrillators) in area non-profit organizations. The organization must be located in Tippecanoe or Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Montgomery, Warren or White counties and may be tax-based. Applications are due by Tuesday, Sept. 1, and are available at the Kathryn Weil Center or online at by clicking on the “Duke Smyser Chili Blast Open” form.

2008 AED presentation to Carroll County Sherrif's Department.

2008 AED presentation to Carroll County Sherrif's Department.

Area 501(c)3 organizations also are encouraged to apply to receive an AED through the “Revive & Survive” program offered by St. Elizabeth Regional Health. For eligibility requirements and to complete an application form, please visit and click on “Revive & Survive.”

The third annual Duke Smyser Chili Blast Open is set for Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 at the Ravines Golf Course, 8525 Division Rd., West Lafayette, with registration starting at 12:30 p.m. and play beginning at 1 p.m. A chili dinner catered by The Pub will be served at 6 p.m. For more information or to register for the Open, please visit or sign up at the Ravines pro shop.

Proceeds from the Chili Blast Open are donated to the Kathryn Weil Center for Education and used towards the purchase of AEDs to be placed with non-profit organizations in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The Kathryn Weil Center for Education oversees the Revive & Survive program, as well as works with other groups who fall outside the Revive & Survive guidelines but are still in need AEDs.

The Chili Blast Open is named for Duke Smyser, who was a Lafayette banker for almost 30 years before succumbing to heart disease in 2006.

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