Two longtime basketball rivals headline the Indiana Society of Chicago's 108th annual dinner next month -- where local student scholarship recipients from Valparaiso and Crown Point also will be honored.
The event is at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel at 200 N. Columbus Drive, in Chicago.
Former Indiana coach Bob Knight is the dinner's arranged "entertainment" and former Purdue coach Gene Keady will introduce him. Knight and Keady are two of the winningest coaches in Big Ten basketball history, and their teams battled each other on the court for more than 20 seasons.
"It's always been a rivalry with a lot of depth and a lot of intensity, and we had some great battles," Keady said in a telephone interview earlier this week.
"It's really good for TV because people loved it; they thought we hated each other. We are competitors and colleagues."
In addition to entertainment from Knight and Keady, Miss Indiana 2013 Terrin Thomas will sing the national anthem. The event includes a reception and silent auction, raising funds for the group's scholarships, with the main draw featuring the dinner and notable name speakers.
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine is receiving honors with four of its students each awarded $4,000 scholarships. Two Region residents, Megan McGlothin, of Valparaiso and Erin Nonos, of Crown Point, are among the recipients. During the dinner program, the Hoosier of the Year award is being presented to Mitch Daniels, former Indiana governor and current president of Purdue University. This year's dinner is sponsored by Centaur Gaming and has special recognition for the cities of Shelbyville and Anderson.
Madeleine Lebedow, Society Manager of the Indiana Society of Chicago, said the goal of the dinner is to help raise funds for those scholarships, with the amount awarded each year dependent on the annual fundraising event.
"Since we started the scholarship foundation, we've been able to award so many scholarships to deserving students," Lebedow said.
She said the awards, scholarships, entertainment and dinner make the event "a very joyous occasion."
Some seats are still available for the dinner, which is a black tie event, reservations can be made at indianasocietyofchicago.org or (847) 673-2013.