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Kiwanis Club Awards Abe Lincoln Scholarships

February 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Awards

Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Award recipients (L to R): Holly, Jesus, Katerina and Jack.
Also pictured: Kiwanians Steve Fero (left) and Steve Willem, and Anne Ryder.
Photo provided by the Kiwanis Club and used with written permission.

Press Release
Downtown Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis
http://www.indykiwanis.org/

The Kiwanis (Downtown) Club of Indianapolis honored 25 area high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives and presented $41,000 in scholarships to four candidates at its 39th annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Sheraton City Centre.

The four scholarship recipients are:

  • First-place recipient – Holly Cox, Beech Grove High School
  • Second-place recipient – Katerina Myers, Heritage Christian High School
  • Third-place recipient – Jesus Kevin Morales, Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Fourth-place recipient – Jack VanSchaik, Arsenal Technical High School

Circle of Valor awards were presented to the 25 candidates, each representing an area high school.  Candidates were nominated by their high schools for the scholarships because of their achievements in the face of daunting obstacles, from disease and disability to dire family environments.

Steve Willem, chairman of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards committee served as master of ceremonies of the awards program.  The following Kiwanians presented the four scholarship award recipients: Peter Bisbecos, Kathleen Lee, Wende Padek, and John Reddington.

Anne Ryder, television journalist and Emmy Award winner, served as guest interviewer.

Also participating were three former recipients of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards:  Jaimie C. Robbins, 2013 Scholar and graduate of Southport High School,  Magdalena Josipovic, 2000 Scholar and graduate of Speedway High School, and Frank Epperson, 1985 Scholar and graduate of Perry Meridian High School.

“Our scholarships are not ‘need’ scholarships,” explained Steve Willem, chairman of the Abe  Lincoln Scholarship Awards committee.  “They are ’recognition’ scholarships.  We honored and recognized these 25 students who have proven, despite overwhelming personal difficulties, that they can and will succeed.”

The Abe Lincoln Scholarship program has three goals: (1) public recognition for each nominee and his/her accomplishments; (2) special recognition for four nominees in the form of significant scholarship funds; (3) delivery of the public message to other young people struggling with difficulties that there are people within the community who care, recognize and encourage them to work toward success.

For more information on the Downtown Kiwanis Club, see http://indykiwanis.org/.

Easley Winery Traminette Wins Best of Class in California

February 4, 2014 1 comment
Easley Winery

Easley Winery. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Priscilla Hataway
Easley Winery
http://www.easleywinery.com/

Easley Winery Traminette

Easley Winery Traminette

Easley Winery is proud to announce that its locally-made Traminette wine has been awarded Best of Class at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  Easley winemaker Jeff Martin said, “I grew up working in Indiana vineyards, so bringing home this honor for grapes grown in Indiana makes this award even more meaningful.”

With over 5,500 wine entries, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world.  They have brought together the most distinguished judges in the country to compare wines in multiple price ranges and varieties to determine the best of the best in each category that appeal to all walks of life.  For full 2014 competition results, visit http://www.winejudging.com.

Easley Traminette is no stranger to high honors.  It was awarded White Wine of the Year, Best of Class, and Double Gold at the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition and holds three other 2013 Gold medals from prestigious competitions across the country.  “We focus on creating exceptional wines and that effort has gained us national recognition”, says second-generation owner Mark Easley.

Easley Traminette boasts floral aromas and fresh citrus notes. This semi-dry style of Traminette is a delicious complement to Indiana pork tenderloin and it is recommended serving chilled. Traminette was adopted as Indiana’s signature wine in 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. Easley Traminette can be found at all Indiana Meijer locations, select Indiana Marsh stores and packaged liquor locations, as well as Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis. For more information on this wine or to find retail locations in your area, visit http://www.EasleyWinery.com.

Easley Winery is located at 205 North College Avenue in Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-636-4516.

5th #Indiana Social Media Summit in Fort Wayne

December 28, 2013 Leave a comment
2013 Smackdown Award Winners

2013 Smackdown Award Winners with their hardware.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC
http://aroundindy.com/

Amy Stark’s 5th annual #Indiana Social Media Summit was held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Courtyard Marriott Grand Wayne Center Hotel in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosted by Kevin Mullett and Amber Recker.

The annual Smackdown Awards were presented in seven categories. The top winners were Steven Shattuck, who received the award for Indiana’s Most Influential Dude, and Lori Taylor, who received the award for Indiana’s Most Influential Dame. Leah Beatty took home the Up and Comer award, making her the only two-time winner of an award at this event (she received Indiana’s Grooviest Peep award last year).

More than 60 attended in person, with countless others viewing statewide via a Google+ hangout.  It was an excellent event! Congratulations to all the winners!

Kevin Mullett and Amber Recker

Kevin Mullett and Amber Recker, co-hosts of the #Indiana Social Media Summit Smackdown Awards.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Social Media Summit

Many of Indiana’s best and brightest social media stars attended this event.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Pathfinder Awards at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, Nov. 19

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Roof Ballroom

Indiana Roof Ballroom. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

Lynn Rogers, Director of Youth Programs at Concord Neighborhood Center, will receive the 2013 Rev. Charles Williams Award from Indiana Sports Corp and Indiana Black Expo. Rogers will be recognized on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Indiana Sports Corp Pathfinder Awards Luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.

The Rev. Charles Williams Award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through direct service to youth in the Indianapolis community. Formerly known as the Chairman’s Award, the award was renamed in July 2004 in honor of the late president of Indiana Black Expo. Past award recipients include Indiana Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings, former Indiana University men’s soccer coach Jerry Yeagley, and former Indiana State Senator Glenn Howard.

“Lynn Rogers personifies what youth development is all about,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp President. “Her dedication to making a difference in the lives of Indianapolis youth is simply remarkable. This community is lucky to have her.”

For 29 years, Rogers has been a consistent and patient force for change within the near-Southside community. As Director of Youth Programs at Concord Neighborhood Center, Rogers works directly with the youth enrolled in Concord’s school-aged programs, simultaneously addressing an array of social and emotional issues, organizing and implementing an engaging curriculum, and advocating for the community at large.

“Lynn Rogers embodies the spirit of Indiana Black Expo’s commitment to youth,” said Tanya Bell, Indiana Black Expo President and CEO. “Her work parallels the vision of IBE – that African American youth and families achieve their highest potential and reflect pride in their ethnicity. We are proud to recognize her nearly three decades of service.”

Rogers has used sports as a catalyst for positive social and emotional growth. Throughout the year, children of all ages are introduced to new and different games, and “Coach Lynn” is careful to focus on the strategy and official rules of each sport as well as the more universal skills of sportsmanship, the importance of practice and endurance, and how to work well with others. In partnership with the PositiveSwing Foundation and the Golf Dome, Rogers started a Concord golf team in 2004 that has become a passion for members of the team—and for her.

Over the course of 29 years, she has directly reached more than 12,000 young people, coaching them both on and off the court. But Rogers is more than a coach; she is a mentor, an advocate and a friend. Sports have always been the means to an end. Teaching life lessons that create better, happier and invested young people is the ultimate goal.

“The Concord board of directors has always respected and valued Lynn’s dedication and passion for serving the children in our community,” said Pat Smithers, President of the Concord Neighborhood Center Board of Directors. “Her impact has known no bounds, and the entire city of Indianapolis is better for it.” 

In addition to recognizing Rogers, Jeff and Karen Saturday will be honored as the 2013 Pathfinder Award recipients. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table or tickets to the Pathfinder Awards Luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on November 19, please contact Mike Karnuta at mkarnuta@IndianaSportsCorp.org or 317-237-5004.

Easley Winery Wins ‘White Wine of the Year’

August 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Easley Winery

Easley Winery. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

Traminette White Wine from Easley Winery

Traminette White Wine from Easley Winery. Photo provided by the winery and used with written permission.

Press Release
Easley Winery
http://easleywinery.com/

Easley Winery, 205 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, is proud to announce that its locally-made Traminette wine has been awarded White Wine of the Year, Best of Class, and a Double Gold Medal at the 2013 Indy International Wine Competition.

They are excited to bring more recognition to Indiana’s signature wine. “There is no other wine like Traminette!  The grape is new and the taste is unique.” said Meredith Easley of Easley Winery.

 Winery owner, Mark Easley added, “We are thrilled and honored to receive this award!”  Easley Winery, located in downtown Indianapolis since 1974, garnered additional gold medals with its Indiana Champagne, 2011 Chardonnay, and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon.

They have been no stranger to the award circuit, garnering 24 awards of gold or higher in competitions across the country in 2013, four of which came from California events.

 The Indy International Wine Competition is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States.  Nearly 3,000 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states were evaluated by 50 judges, including wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers, enologists, chefs, sommeliers, wine distributers, retailers and consumers.

These distinguished judges meet every year in the heart of America, a truly central place for great wines to be seen and recognized.  For full 2013 competition results, visit  http://www.indyinternational.org/winners/ .

 Easley Traminette boasts floral aromas and fresh citrus notes. This semi-dry style of Traminette is a delicious complement to Indiana pork tenderloin and Winemaker, Jeff Martin, recommends serving chilled.

Traminette was adopted as Indiana’s signature wine in 2009 and continues to grow in popularity. Easley Traminette can be found at Indiana Meijer locations, select Indiana Marsh and packaged liquor locations, as well as Easley Winery in downtown Indianapolis.

For more information on this wine or to find retail locations in your area, visit http://www.EasleyWinery.com. , or call 317-636-4516.

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