Community Civility Counts will hold its second annual World Civility Day events on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

A full-day of civility-themed activities and an awards dinner in the evening will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and Avalon Manor in Merrillville.

Community Civility Counts started as a partnership of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Co. in 2015 and has been expanding.

The idea began in the Gary Chamber, and the initiative was announced at a press conference in Gary.

“As the executive director of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and speaking on behalf of our board of directors, I am elated over the scope and success of the Community Civility Counts initiative,” said Chuck Hughes. “We could not have envisioned early on that CCC would now be recognized in several areas of the world.”

Its first World Civility Day event, April 14, 2016, was sold out with 300 people from Indiana and nine other states and three countries. UN Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers gave the keynote address at the packed Majestic Star Casino ballroom in Gary.

Dr. Rivers is expected to return for the second World Civility Day.

“We hope to attract representatives of more civility-themed groups this year and provide networking opportunities as well as takeaways for all guests,” said Bob Heisse, editor of The Times Media Co.

World Civility Day on April 13. 2017, will include a kickoff lunch and workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center. Workshop themes will include civility in the classroom and workplace civility.

The dinner, held at the Avalon Manor, will include featured speakers and the first awards presented by Community Civility Counts.

The National Civility Center is a partner and sponsor of the day.

In recent months, The Times Media Co. has won the Associated Press Media Editors’ Innovator of the Year Award and a Lee Enterprises’ President’s Award for the Community Civility Counts initiative.

Sponsorships and tickets for World Civility Day events are available through the Gary Chamber of Commerce at (219) 885-7407. Tickets are $25 for the afternoon lunch and workshops and $60 for the dinner and can be obtained by calling the chamber.

To follow the activities of Community Civility Counts, visit nwi.com/civilitycounts and visit and like the Civility Counts page on Facebook.

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