Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana is excited to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the communities of Northwest Indiana on March 11 at Wicker Park Social Center, 8554 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland.

This will be the first annual Sneaker Soiree, and it will celebrate 10 years of Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. Tickets include appetizers, drinks and dessert. Enjoy the fun candy table provided by Albanese Confectionery and birthday cake sponsored by the Horseshoe Casino. Come celebrate with the team and dance to live music from the band Spoken Four.

The fun doesn’t end with sweet treats and music. Silent auction and raffle items include a one week stay at a Naples or Daytona Beach condo, Disney tickets, weekend getaways to the Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin or French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, salon and spa packages, jewelry and more.

During the band intermission guests will hear from Jill Schlueter-Kim, executive director and founder of Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. She will discuss the transformation of the program as it has grown from one team of 15 girls in 2006 to now serve more than 2,000 girls annually across the Region.

“I absolutely love when a parent or coach tells me about how the program has impacted their girl, and influenced their family to be more active,” said Schlueter-Kim. “We've impacted a lot of people with this program, but just hearing a single positive story reminds me that all the work is worth it."

The event will be cocktail attire, but guests are encouraged to leave their dress shoes at home and wear their favorite pair of sneakers. The evening will be hosted by Tom Byelick and Michele Piskol, producers and hosts of The Tomfoolery Show. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at gotrofnwi.org for $50 through March 9. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door for $55.

The Sneaker Soiree is the primary fundraising event for Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. It benefits the organization's efforts to bring the Girls on the Run program to as many girls as possible and helps provide financial assistance to more than 60 percent of program participants. As a non-profit serving more than 2,000 girls annually across Northwest Indiana, Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana relies on the support of the community.

Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana provides a physical activity-based youth development program girls in grades three through eight each year across Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Starke and Pulaski counties. The program inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.

“Being involved with Girls on the Run has made me more confident in myself and helped me to really discover my leadership skills,” said Schlueter-Kim. “I've really found my calling, so it is never just a job for me. It's made me a better mom and helped me to be very intentional in how I'm raising my three girls.”

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