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3rd Annual Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Induction

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Carmel Palladium

Carmel Palladium. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts

An “American Idol,” a Broadway star and a Canadian virtuoso have joined the entertainment lineup for the Encore Gala Weekend presented by Krieg DeVault. The June 20-21, 2014 benefit for the Center for the Performing Arts also serves as the setting for the 3rd annual Great American Songbook Hall of Fame induction. Nat King Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones, and Johnny Mathis represent the 2014 class of the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame.

The Saturday, June 21 evening of the gala weekend is led by Michael Feinstein as he inducts a new round of honorees into the Songbook Hall of Fame. The concert performance will honor the musical contributions of Nat King Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones and Johnny Mathis. Feinstein, the Center’s artistic director, will be joined by “American Idol” vocalist Jessica Sanchez, Broadway star Laura Osnes, singer-songwriter-pianist Peter Cincotti, and Canadian vocalist Denzal Sinclaire will pay tribute to the honorees. Julia Goodwin, the 2013 winner of the Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition also will perform. Natalie Cole will accept the Hall of Fame award on her father’s behalf. Together, Feinstein, the artists, and an orchestra will showcase the inductees’ musical contributions to the Great American Songbook.

Conceived as an enduring testament to the Great American Songbook, the Hall of Fame honors performers and composers responsible for creating America’s soundtrack. Saturday evening will include the Katz, Sapper & Miller After Party. For the third year, the Encore Gala Weekend is presented by Krieg DeVault, with support from Katz, Sapper & Miller LLP, and First Merchants. The silent and live auction on Friday, June 20 will allow guests to bid on vacation packages, exotic trips, unique experiences and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from artists seen at the Palladium. All proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Center for the Performing Arts. Preview auction items and online bidding starts June 9 at the Center’s website.

Weekend highlights:

Friday, June 20: Indiana Roof Ballroom
The gala weekend kicks off with a red-carpet arrival, cocktail reception, and silent auction sponsored by First Merchants Bank, followed by dinner and dancing to a big band orchestra led by New York’s acclaimed Tom Postilio. Plus, a special performance by Michael Feinstein.

Saturday, June 21: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
Experience history in the making as artists Johnny Mathis, Linda Ronstadt, Nat King Cole, and Shirley Jones are inducted into the Songbook Hall of Fame. The evening’s host, Michael Feinstein, will be joined by special guests including Jessica Sanchez from “American Idol,” 2013 Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition winner Julia Goodwin, and other guests as they honor this year’s inductees.

After the performance, the Palladium is transformed for the Katz, Sapper & Miller After Party with five themed clubs paired with food and drinks. Enjoy the Cool City Band in the Great American Songbook Lounge, learn salsa dancing in the Latin-inspired Caliente Club, dance to the music of the Souled Out Band in The Club Katz, sip bourbon and savor cigars in the Humidor Lounge, and end the night with a nightcap in the Sidecar Lounge. The evening will be packed with music, dancing, photo booths, and stilt walkers.

Saturday only tickets are $200. Purchase online at or the box office at 317-843-3800.

Songbook Hall of Fame honorees are selected by the following criteria:

Awarded posthumously to an artist who made a significant contribution to the Golden Age of American popular music, typically defined as the period from the early years of the 20th century through the 1960s. Inductees: Nat King Cole, 2014. Previous honorees: Frank Sinatra, 2013; Cole Porter, 2012.

Awarded to the artist, songwriter and/or performer, who continues to create the soundtrack of our lives by writing and/or performing music that will stand the test of time and become the pop standards of tomorrow. Inductee: Linda Ronstadt, 2014; Shirley Jones, 2014; Johnny Mathis, 2014. Previous honorees: Liza Minnelli, 2013; Rita Moreno, 2013; Barry Manilow, 2012.

The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 1 Center Green in Carmel, Indiana. For more information, visit, or call 317-843-3800.


The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame will elevate the Great American Songbook. The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame will induct new members annually. The Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana serves as the official home of the Great American Songbook Foundation and the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame. The awards will be displayed in the Shiel Sexton Lobby on the gallery level of the Palladium concert hall. 

Pathfinder Awards at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, Nov. 19

November 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Roof Ballroom

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

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 or 317-237-5004.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Grand Opening, May 10-11

Press Release Excerpts from
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Celebrate the official grand opening of the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail and “Get Down On It” Saturday, May 11, 2013. Enjoy more than 80 different programs and activities planned along the Trail for the whole family! Start with a parasol parade at 10 a.m. and march the Trail to City Market. Events include an Indiana Avenue Street Festival, Two Wheels One City, Kids Bike Decorating Contest, Popped-Up Cinema, Swinging on the Plaza, Sarah Fisher Autographs, Asian Fest, Sideshow Alley and more.  Most programs are FREE and scheduled between 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Indianapolis Cultural TrailAfter some 12 years of planning and construction, the official “Get Down On It” celebration to mark the opening of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail is set for May 10-11, 2013. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 4:30 PM on Friday, May 10, at the intersection of Alabama and Market Streets in downtown Indy, with remarks by Mayor Greg Ballard and Congressman Andre Carson.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system.

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and the Arts Council of Indianapolis will host a Georgia Street celebration on Saturday, May 11 for fun family festivities, outdoor concerts and the opening of al fresco dining!  Free performances start at noon including ButtonHoof, Tad Robinson, Project in Motion aerial acrobats and more. At sundown, works by local artists (Wug Laku, Amelia Morris, C. Thomas Lewis & others) will be larger than life as part of an Urban Gallery projected onto Circle Centre‘s wall. Food trucks, Sun King beer and plenty of family games will be available. Grab a bite at Harry & Izzy’s, Hooters, Hotbox Pizza, Howl at the Moon or The Old Spaghetti Factory and enjoy the activities.

The huge variety of activities this weekend at the cultural districts and corridors in the city includes Georgia Street, Massachusetts Avenue and Alabama, Washington Street and the Wholesale District, White River State Park and the Canal Cultural District, the Indiana Avenue Cultural District, the North Corridor and American Legion Mall, the Southeast Corridor and Fountain Square Cultural District, and more. For the complete schedule, see


Presidential Inauguration at UIndy, March 21

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment
University of Indianapolis

University of Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Scott E. Hall
University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis will inaugurate its ninth president this month, just as the UIndy community begins charting a course for the next two decades of its development.

UIndy President Rob Manuel

UIndy President Rob Manuel. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

President Robert L. Manuel, 44, will address the UIndy community, guests and delegates from other universities during a public investiture ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, in the university’s Nicoson Hall gymnasium. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Manuel took office last year and in October launched the Vision 2030 initiative, which gathered ideas for the institution’s future from more than 1,600 students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. While a series of conversations focused on the long-term vision, several task forces addressed more immediate needs in areas such as technology, campus life and use of space.

Now UIndy leaders are assessing that input to develop budget and fundraising priorities for the coming years. A likely element of those plans involves partnering with business, government and nonprofit groups on mixed-use development near campus. Such projects – aligned with the university’s academic strengths in health care, education and other fields – would create hands-on learning opportunities for students, research sites for faculty, and new services and attractions to boost quality of life for local residents.

The investiture ceremony highlights a week of events designed to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors and other friends of the university. A full schedule and registration information are available at


Sunday, March 17 – UIndy Family Day at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Open to the campus community, alumni and their families
Monday, March 18 – Carnival of Books: Family Night Out

5–7 p.m., Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall

Open to the public and hosted by the Manuel family; includes kid-friendly music, crafts, games, food and library card registration


Wednesday, March 20 – Inauguration Pep Rally 

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Schwitzer Student Center atrium
Open to the campus community and alumni; program and free lunch buffet


Thursday, March 21

Inauguration events open to the UIndy community and the general public:

Service projects – 9 a.m. to noon on campus and at local elementary school

Worship service – 10 a.m., University Heights United Methodist Church, Hanna and Otterbein avenues; message by Bishop Michael Coyner, Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church

Investiture ceremony – 2 p.m., Nicoson Hall

Reception – 3:30 p.m., Schwitzer Student Center atrium


Friday, March 22 – UIndy Night with the Indiana Pacers

Open to the campus community, alumni and families


For more information, visit, or call 317-788-3368.

Naturalization Ceremony to Welcome New Citizens on July 3

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Kaylee Showers
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

This July 3, honor those who have chosen the path to American Citizenship at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bear witness as new Americans receive their citizenship at the court ceremony, presided over by United States Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker. The service begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, and is free and open to the public.  Tours of the President’s mansion are offered free of charge to new citizens and their family members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the ceremony.

In 1890, under the leadership of President Harrison, the federal government took control of immigration through the Treasury Department. Harrison’s Secretary of the Treasury, William Windom announced construction of a new immigrant receiving station would begin on one of the federally owned islands in New York harbor, Ellis Island. While in operation, Ellis Island saw the arrival of over 12 million immigrants pursuing the American dream.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of new American citizens than to welcome them from President Harrison’s mansion? For more details about the ceremony click here or call 317-631-1888.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Hirons & Company.