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Million Meal Marathon at Lucas Oil Stadium, Oct. 10, 2017

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment
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Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2008, all rights reserved.

By Angela Tuell
On behalf of the Million Meal Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th annual Million Meal Marathon, presented by Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), and the Indianapolis Colts, will bring together more than 3,000 community members with the intent of packing 1 million nutritious meals for Indiana’s hungry in a single day.

This year’s event will take place 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium and is in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts for their Colts Community Day.

The Million Meal Marathon, includes volunteers from corporate sponsor organizations, local civic groups, churches, Indianapolis-area schools and families. Volunteers work in four two-hour shifts, alongside Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders, to hand-package nutritious meals for hungry Hoosiers. Meal packs include 21 essential vitamins and minerals, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, enriched soy with 52 percent protein and 10 vitamins, plus white, high-quality rice, and can be prepared by just adding boiling water. During the Million Meal Marathon, volunteers will add the dry ingredients to plastic bags, weigh, seal and box them in teams of 10-12.

One hundred percent of this year’s meals packed will be distributed to food banks in Indiana to feed the one in five Hoosier children who are food insecure and their families. Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners will pick-up the packaged meals throughout the day to deliver to their Indianapolis warehouses, where they will then be distributed to food pantries across the state.

The day wouldn’t be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers. For more information about volunteering, enrolling a group to volunteer or sponsoring a table, visit www.MillionMealMovement.org.

Additional sponsors include Best, Arbor Homes, Charles Schwab, City Barbeque, Shelby Materials, Certa Pro, Capital Container Company, Print Resources, JR Sandadi, and Brown and Brown.

The Million Meal Marathon is a program of Million Meal Movement, a humanitarian food aid organization that feeds the hungry at home while teaching our children and communities the power of volunteerism. Launched in 2007, the organization has provided nearly 28 million life-saving, highly nutritious meals to hungry families in Indiana and around the world, all packaged by volunteers. In Indiana alone, 1 million people don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.

For more information about the Million Meal Marathon, visit www.millionmealmovement.org.

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Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars, Apr. 29, 2017

January 27, 2017 Leave a comment
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Hendricks County Fairgrounds. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Deanna Hindsley
Hendricks County Historical Museum

(January 20, 2017, Danville, IN)—The staff of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Avon, IN, hosted an outstanding kick-off event for Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017, January 17, 2017.

The contestants for this year’s Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars are Nina Criscuolo, Journalist, WISH TV, Yvonne Culpepper, COO Hendricks Regional Health, Dennis Dawes, retired after serving 40 years as CEO, Hendricks Regional Health, and his wife Yao-Hsin Dawes, Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader, Bill Franklin, owner, Courthouse Grounds, Reverend Father Michael C. Fritsch, pastor, Mary Queen of Peace, Eric Hessel, Hendricks Community Foundation, Jill Lees, captain, Plainfield Police Department, Ed Martin, retired CEO Wabash Valley Power Association, Faith Toole, writer for Hendricks County ICON and Tracy Whetstone, Visit Hendricks County.

A relaxed atmosphere in the dance studio, complete with a generous array with refreshments, provided a perfect opportunity for the dancers to get to know each other and meet their Arthur Murray professional dance partners.

Deanna Hindsley, president, board of directors, Hendricks County Museum, reflected on the evening, “Arthur Murray Dance Center gave a wonderful welcome to our dancers and committee at the Kick-0ff where we all learned a few basic steps to get started. What a fun event and a great introduction to the 2017 ‘Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars!”

Mark Adang, manager of Arthur Murray Avon, stated, “The kick-off event was a terrific start to the Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017 season. The staff and dancers are excited and energized to make this the best Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars ever”.

This year features a married couple, Dennis and Yao-Hsin Dawes, competing together. Like all the contestants, they will be working with a dance professional throughout a series of lessons on choreography and technique. The night of the competition, however, they will compete on stage as a couple.

This year’s event will be at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on the evening of Saturday, April 29. Tickets will be available for purchase on March 1. The price of the tickets includes dinner and the show. A silent auction will once again take place prior to the competition and a cash bar will be available.

Corporate tables and sponsorships are currently available. For more information or if you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Deanna Hindsley at dkhindsley@gmail.com, or call 317-695-5602.

All proceeds benefit the Hendricks County Historical Museum.

“Wings of Golf” Outing in Hendricks County, Aug. 17, 2016

July 24, 2016 Leave a comment

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By Josh Duke
Hendricks County CVB

Registration has opened for one of Hendricks County premier golf fundraisers that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities for nearly 15 years.

The 13th Annual Wings of Golf Outing will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at Deer Creek Golf Club in Clayton, Indiana.

This year’s event begins with registration at 9 a.m. and tee time beginning at 10 a.m. Entry includes participation in a Florida Scramble with complimentary driving range, green fees, cart, breakfast and dinner. You can enter a team or as an individual, and spots still remain.

A live auction, raffle, hole activities and other surprises have become a staple of the event and will return this year. All proceeds from the event benefit Hendricks County Senior Services, Mental Health America of Hendricks County, Sheltering Wings and Sycamore Services.

Visit www.VisitHendricksCounty.com/Wings-of-Golf for more information, event pricing and to register online. Sponsorships are also still available by contacting Tracy Whetstone at Tracy@VisitHendricksCounty.com.

13th Annual Mutt Strut at Garfield Park, May 15

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By Kristin Conrad
Humane Society of Indianapolis

The Humane Society of Indianapolis’ biggest day of impact for shelter animals is almost here. The 13th annual Mutt Strut is Sunday, May 15, 2016, in a new location at historic Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Money raised will help the non-profit organization fulfill its vision of ensuring that Central Indiana animals are treated with dignity and respect and live free from cruelty, harm and neglect.

Each year the organization cares for more than 5,000 animals. Fundraising events like Mutt Strut are vital to IndyHumane, as the organization receives no government funding.

Last year more than 7,000 people and 6,000 pets attended Mutt Strut, which has been named the Best Charitable Event in Indianapolis by NUVO readers for the past seven years.

“It’s hard to believe that Mutt Strut is almost upon us,” says Summer Keown, Special Events Manager for the Humane Society of Indianapolis.

“We’re thrilled to hold the event at Garfield Park this year and help show off one of Indianapolis’ beautiful parks. The dogs are going to love all the greenspace, and we have several fun, new activities available for participants!”

Day-of registration opens at 10:30 am, and the official Mutt Strut walk kicks off at noon. Music, vendors, food, and activities are available from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.

New activities this year include: musical entertainment throughout the day at the McAllister Amphitheater; pet care seminars from B.C. Henschen of Platinum Paws and Harrison College; kids activities including Colts in Motion and Big Car’s Wagon of Wonders; a beer garden featuring Sun King Brewing Company and New Day Craft; a photo booth run by the talented photographers behind the Instagram accounts The Whitest Pups You Know and Three Silly Pits; and a lure course run by Lucky Dog Adventures where your dog can lose the leash and chase a lure across the field for $10.

Participants can register at http://indymuttstrut.org/register/ or on-site the day of the event.

Full details and a schedule of the day’s events are available at http://indymuttstrut.org/.

Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field, July 11, 2015

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field

Bacon and Beer Classic at Victory Field. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Sam Schaible
On behalf of the Bacon and Beer Classic

Bacon and beer — what combination could be better? Taste all the deliciousness for yourself at the Bacon and Beer Classic. Held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, this event brings together over 75 of the best local breweries and restaurants for an unforgettable mix of food and fun.

Cannonball Productions brings the Bacon and Beer Classic (www.baconandbeerclassic.com) to Victory Field, for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink tasting experience.

Guests can choose to attend the Brunch session (1 to 4 p.m), or the Dinner session (7 to 10 p.m.). VIP guests will have 1-hour early admission (12p.m. and 6p.m. respectively), entrance to the VIP area on the warning track and dugouts, samples of exclusive craft beer on the field, and more.

In between all-inclusive craft beer samples from local breweries and bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, guests can dance to music and bring out their inner kid by playing interactive games (think inflatable bungee run and cornhole).

Hosted in major and minor league baseball stadiums on non-game day Saturdays across America, the Bacon and Beer Classic national tour visited New York City, Seattle and the Bay Area earlier this year and has grown exponentially to include more than 10 destinations nationwide in 2015.

“Indianapolis is a hot spot for craft beer and is the unofficial ‘pork state’, so we’re very excited to tap into the market with the first Midwest Bacon and Beer Classic!” says Kate Levenstien, founder of Cannonball Productions and Bacon and Beer Classic.

The all-star line up of breweries and restaurants participating grows each day. Over 50 local brewers including Bier Brewery, Fountain Square Brewing Co., People’s Brewing and Quaff On Brewing are all signed up to serve at least two of their most coveted craft selections.

Chefs from 30 expected restaurants are challenged to bring their most inventive and delicious bacon-inspired dishes to the plate. Local restaurants including Shoefly Public House, The Exchange Pub + Kitchen, Fermenti Artisan, The Pint Room and The District Tap will be dishing out their best bacon-themed dishes. The combination of refreshing craft beer and delectable bacon is sure to please all palettes!

The Bacon and Beer Classic also brings in an all-star lineup at each event to judge all the sips and tastes, and award winners in select categories. This year’s judges include Indianapolis Star food and beverage reporters Liz Biro and Amy Haneline; founder of the blog and website Eat.Drink.Indy, Jolene Ketzenberger; and Certified Cicerone Bob Mack; Jennifer Rubenstein, editor, and Rachel Russell, writer, at Edible Indy, among others.

The Bacon and Beer Classic is always an all-inclusive event! General Admission tickets are $49. Fans may choose to purchase the VIP Experience ticket for $89. All tickets include a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic branded glass to take home.

Designated driver tickets are available at a cost of $29 for unlimited bacon. Indy’s Bacon and Beer Classic welcomes families and children with unlimited bacon tickets for kids 5-20 for $19.

Cannonball Productions partners with neighborhood vendors and organizations to give the event that local hometown feel. This year they have partnered with the Indianapolis chapter of the American Cancer Society.

For up-to-date information on the event, please visit: http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/

Direct link to tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/indianapolis-bacon-and-beer-cla…

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