MICHIGAN CITY | Mayor Ron Meer is hosting his first mayor’s ball, the 2014 Winter Glow Ball, from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa Stardust Event Center.
"Previous mayors have always had a ball as a way to raise money for worthy causes," Meer said. "I took a year off as it was the first year I was mayor. My wife, Agnes, was a big initiator of having this one."
The proceeds will benefit the Michigan City Public Art Committee and the Commission on the Social Status of African American Males.
The evening will include cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres as well as entertainment by Club 37. The dress for the evening is black tie optional.
"The two organizations the funds will be raised for are the biggest thrust of this," Meer said. "We’ve been putting in a lot of effort as far as the Uptown Arts District with art displayed around the city and trying to get downtown revitalized and thriving again.
"We may not be able to return to the way it was 30 or 40 years ago but we can be thriving and be different and have a lot of activity down there."
He said the city looks to build on the downtown with Lubeznik Center for the Arts as a foundation point on one end and revamping of the Warren Building on the other. The Warren Building would include work and living space for artists and a classroom as well as studio and commercial space.
"We are waiting to hear back from the state but the Warren Building is completely vacant and has been for many years," he said. "That could be another anchor at the other end."
Meer said the Commission on the Social Status of African American Males would benefit from the support as the organization does not have a budget.
"This is a segment of the community that sometimes has extra needs," he said. "Particularly, the money could be utilized for job training and possibly tutoring of students."
Tickets for the mayor’s ball are $120 per person and can be purchased at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Meer’s office at (219) 873-1400.