OFFBEAT: Lake Central grad author talking online dating for Hospice charity dinner

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-01-22T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Lake Central grad author talking online dating for Hospice charity dinnerBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Amy Webb, CEO of Webbmedia Group and alum of Lake Central High School, returns home to Northwest Indiana next month for a charity dinner and book signing event for Hospice of the Calumet Area.

And her new book is perfect for approaching Valentine's Day.

"Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match," is the book title and the event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Gamba's Ristorante in Merrillville. Tickets are $35 and include networking reception, light dinner and a signed copy of the book, while helping raise funds for Hospice of the Calumet Area.

In tribute to her late mother, Bella Webb, former Hospice of the Calumet Area volunteer and patient, Amy Webb is an American author, entrepreneur and digital strategist.

In 2013, she published "Data, A Love Story," a bestselling book about the world of online dating, consumer behavior and finding love via algorithms. She has appeared on "Good Morning America," "20/20," "The View," NPR and CNN, and I'm told her book found favorable ink in People, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wired, Elle, Slate, Huffington Post and many others. The book has since been translated into several languages, garnering a worldwide audience.

Last year, Forbes named Amy one of the "Women Changing The World," while the Columbia Journalism Review included Amy on its "20 Women To Watch in Media" list. Amy lives in Baltimore and New York City with her husband and daughter.

To purchase tickets, visit or call Jen Vargo Okamura at (219) 922-2732.

For 32 years, Hospice of the Calumet Area has provided expert care to individuals and families living in Northwest Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities. A not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through compassionate care for individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness; cherishing life without regard to age, gender, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability, diagnosis or financial status.


Reader David Ellis of Chicago, who grew up in the Region, shared a story in one of my earlier columns before the holidays, about MGM actress Esther Williams working with his mother promoting her line of swimming pools in Gary during the 1950s. He promised to send along some rare photos snapped of his mother entertaining Williams for dinner at their family's home in Gary. So today, I'm sharing  his great family archive photos.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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