GARY | Gary Chamber of Commerce will host a special evening Oct. 15 honoring the 2012 women’s gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas.
An inspiration to the youth of Gary and worldwide, Douglas will be feted with a dinner and presentations by dignitaries in local government and the Gary City Council. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Genesis Convention Center, One Genesis Plaza.
Tickets are $25, and there will be a limited number of autographed photos of Douglas available to the public during the event.
To purchase tickets, contact Gary Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes at (219) 885-7407, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Douglas has strong ties to the city of Gary; it is home to her grandfather, Theodore Hawkins, and many other family members and friends. Her mother, Natalie Hawkins, attended Gary Roosevelt High School.
Douglas started her career in gymnastics in Virginia Beach, Va. at 6. An obvious talent, she began training as an elite gymnast at 14, even moving to Des Moines, Iowa to train under elite coach Liang Chow.
At this year's Summer Olympics in London, Douglas won a U.S team gold medal, and captured the gold in the Individual All-Around event, the most prized gold medal for a gymnast. She became the first U.S. gymnast to win both the All-Around title and team gold in the same Olympic Games.