By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
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, 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.
By Sally Bonneau
On behalf of the Indiana Wine Grape Council
For the second consecutive year, an Indiana wine has topped over 2,300 entries from across the nation and around the world to win “Wine of the Year” honors at the prestigious Indy International Wine Competition.
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, Starlight, IN received the coveted Wine of the Year award for their 2012 Vignoles. Wineries worldwide shipped their finest to West Lafayette for “The INDY,” the nation’s largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition. “The INDY” took place July 31 through August 2 at Purdue University.
Wines from 39 states and 14 countries, including France, Australia, Chile, and Greece, were judged on appearance, aroma, taste, and aftertaste by 44 international judges, in a “blind” format.
White Wine of the Year honors also went to an Indiana winery – Indianapolis’ Easley Winery – for their Traminette. Italian Winery Tedschi won Red Wine of the Year for their 2008 Amarone Cassico. Rosé Wine of the Year was awarded to Eagles Landing Winery of Marquette, IA for their Volga Lake Blush.
The Sparkling Wine of the Year was won by Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, CA for their Sonoma Brute, and Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery of British Columbia, Canada took Dessert Wine of the Year honors for their 2012 Reisling Ice Wine.
Von Jakob Vineyard of Pomona, IL won Fruit Wine of the Year for their 2012 Streakin’ Johnny. Two categories – Honey Wine of the Year and Honey Wine Blend of the Year – both were awarded to Oliver Winery of Bloomington, IN for their Camelot Mead and Strawberry Honey Wine, respectively.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards of Sonoma, CA was awarded the Winery of the Year Trophy. The trophy honors the Best International Brand of the entire competition.
Maryhill Winery of Washington State won the Winemaker of the Year Trophy, honoring the winery that receives the most gold medals by brand at the competition.
The Indy International Wine Competition has been organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1992, and under the leadership of Professor of Enology Christian Butzke for the past seven years. “The INDY’s 44 international wine judges truly represent the ever-changing palate of the American public,” said Dr. Butzke. “By giving consumers advice on more than 2000 new wines from 14 countries, they recognize the incredible diversity and creativity of our local and international winemakers, and the vibrant state of the global wine industry.
“Wine has become the coolest and most dynamic beverage in the world, by far,” said Dr. Butzke.
Indiana was well represented in the competition, with Hoosier wineries winning 288 total medals. That includes 13 double gold, 31 gold, 114 silver, and 68 bronze medals.
“For an Indiana winery to win Wine of the Year is very exciting for our state’s wine industry,” said Jeanette Merritt, Marketing Director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team. “Indiana wines are outstanding and Huber’s not only showed that, but all of our wineries proved that by the number of medals won this year!”
Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards also won Indiana Winery of the Year, and the Governor’s Cup, recognizing the Indiana winery with the most wins. Indiana Wine of the Year was awarded to Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards for their 2006 Knobstone Port.
Country Heritage Winery of LaOtto, IN won Indiana Traminette of the Year, recognizing Indiana’s Signature Wine and Grape.
The Indy International Wine Competition has a special award division for Indiana-grown wines. A wine must be composed of more than 85 percent Indiana-grown fruit to be eligible. Satek Winery of Fremont, IN won both the Indiana-Grown American Wine of the Year and the Indiana-Grown French-American Wine categories for their Steuben and Larry’s Luscious Dry Red, respectively. McClure’s Orchard & Winery of Peru, IN won the Indiana-Grown Fruit Wine of the Year for their Ice Cider. Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards of Starlight won the Indiana-Grown Vinifera Wine of the Year for their 2010 Tannat.
For a list of all medal-winning wines, log on to http://www.indyinternational.org/.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: BPS Marketing, Inc. Photo provided by BPS Marketing and used with written permission.
By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County
Six Hendricks County hotels have been honored by visitors for hospitality excellence.
Popular travel website, TripAdvisor, recently announced its Certificate of Excellence award winners for 2013, which is given to lodging facilities that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on its site. Only the top-performing 10 percent of lodging facilities listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
Hendricks County hotels honored by TripAdvisor include:
- Cambria Suites in Plainfield
- Fairfield Inn & Suites in Avon
- Hampton Inn in Plainfield
- Holiday Inn Express in Plainfield
- Homewood Suites by Hilton in Plainfield
- Staybridge Suites in Plainfield
“We are so pleased that so many of our hotels qualified for this prestigious honor,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, associate director of Visit Hendricks County. “Because our hotels serve on the front line during overnight stays, they play a vital role in continuing to make Hendricks County an attractive destination for our visitors.”
By Jim Poyser, Editor
NUVO announces this year’s CVA winners.
Now in its 15th year, NUVO’s Cultural Vision Awards were created to celebrate individuals and organizations that are pathfinders — folks bringing new perspectives and innovative ideas to Indianapolis’ understanding of itself. NUVO defines cultural vision in its most inclusive sense. We look for people and programs whose creativity enlarges our city’s self-image and enhances our quality of life. Every year that the NUVO editorial team combs through nominations that come to us through readers, community contacts and past honorees, we are reminded of the many compelling ways people in Indianapolis havåe found to make life better.
We will celebrate the winners on Friday, June 7 at Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave). Join us between 6 and 7 p.m. for a reception including drinks, light appetizers, conversation and a performance from previous CVA winners, Time for Three. The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Augustino’s Italian Restaurant will be providing complimentary appetizers and desserts along with wine for sale. Sun King will be on tap with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Indiana Landmarks.
This year’s winners:
This hospital, also called the New Wishard, will open in December of 2013, but we’re already excited to honor what may be the boldest hospital in the entire country. The new hospital will not only be LEED certified for its green design features, it will also feature a sky farm: a 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, where fresh produce will help feed patients and staff. Specially commissioned works of art will create a significant new public space throughout the hospital, and the Eskenazi Commons, out front the building, will be a public place where human connections and relationships are encouraged and nurtured.
Joyful Noise Recordings
This independent record label celebrates ten years of unconventional formats and fascinating local and national artists this year. And there’s plenty of achievements to celebrate in 2012 alone: new acquisition Kishi Bashi was named NPR’s best new artist of the year. The label achieved worldwide distribution and released a celebrated flexi-disc series featuring artists like The Melvins and Sufjan Stevens. But most exciting for Indy residents is the permanent show space-cum-office-cum-record store in Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Center. Joyful Noise has received acclaim for their dedication to analog formats and high-quality, extremely limited releases. Their support of talented local artists (including Sleeping Bag, Marmoset and Memory Map, among others) is just the cherry on top.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick
Years in the making, this visionary, eight-mile path through Indianapolis (see photo above) highlights various icons and landmarks, while giving users a good reason to explore the city. It’s an urban bike and pedestrian path that connects Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park and the Wholesale District, while providing links to the entire Central Indiana greenway system. Led by Central Indiana Community Foundation, among others, the Cultural Trail is a true collaboration, highlighting health, along with appreciation for our ever-growing Downtown. Their May grand opening will invite users to “get down on it,” and will elevate the already-known Cultural Trail to legendary status.
Indy Reads Books
Indy Reads is a laudable, long-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of adult illiteracy in Central Indiana. Indy Reads trains volunteers to tutor adults who come forward to improve their literacy skills. Over the years, Indy Reads has produced a number of programs, from spelling bees to scavenger hunts, in an effort to help people better understand the dimensions of adult illiteracy and to raise the funds needed to address the issue. But they took it up a notch or two with an ambitious venture that literally places Indy Reads on the city’s map: a bookstore called Indy Reads Books. Not only is it a constant, on-going fundraiser for Indy Reads, it’s also the city’s only Downtown bookstore, and a destination for all things written and spoken word.
Indy Urban Acres
The locally grown food movement in Indianapolis continues to flourish, and Indy Urban Acres is an exemplary addition. This eight-acre organic farm donates 100 percent of its harvest to families in need. In 2012, over 35,000 lbs. of fresh organic produce was grown; each one of those pounds represents a main course or a side dish, but also security in a food-insecure world. In addition, over 1,000 kids visited Indy Urban Acres in 2012, seeing for themselves how food is grown — and how to grow their own. Add in the 500 or more volunteers and you can see how this establishment is a true community effort to provide nourishment to those who might not otherwise have access.
People for Urban Progress
Indy’s ultimate re-purposers, PUP’s work can be seen throughout the city. On a grand scale, they take what others would throw away, and turn into useful and meaningful items. Their first project was salvaging the RCA Dome roof, which gave birth to many items – bags, wallets and other accessories made out of roof material, along with shade canopies. Most recently, they salvaged Bush Stadium’s seats and have begun installing them in IndyGo bus stops. But their projects extend beyond that to such endeavors as car sharing, yellow grease recycling, solar panel installation on brownfields, plus infographics that show the common person how they might negotiate our city’s government.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Judy O’Bannon
Mrs. O’Bannon is perhaps best known for her role as First Lady of Indiana (1997-2003), but much of her life has been dedicated to community engagement. A graduate of IU with a degree in social work, she was selected as a Rockefeller Theological Scholar, and was the first woman to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Society. In addition, she holds nine honorary degrees. Mrs. O’Bannon is actively involved in media entities, as Chairman of The O’Bannon Publishing Company (Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers) and as host and producer of the WFYI TV public television series Communities Building Community as well as her television series, Judy O’Bannon’s Foreign Exchange. We are honored to shine a light on this extraordinary life lived in service to others.
For more information, please visit cva.nuvo.net.