The Region's first World Civility Day event is filling up fast.
Community Civility Counts, which started as a partnership of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and The Times Media Co., is holding World Civility Day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 14 at the Majestic Star Casino in Gary to mark its one-year anniversary.
More than 150 people have reserved spots, including residents of 10 states and representatives of three civility-themed groups across the country, including the Civility Center in Detroit, the Door County Civility Project in Wisconsin and the National Institute for Civil Discourse in Arizona.
The event is timed for the primary campaign stretch in Indiana, which culminates with the May 3 election.
Community Civility Counts is inviting local, state and national political candidates to the event, and has opened it to the community for a $20 charge to cover the buffet dinner. There will be a program and entertainment.
“This is a much-needed event, particularly this year, and we invite everyone to join us,” said Bob Heisse, editor of The Times Media Co.
They keynote speaker at World Civility Day will be United Nations Ambassador Clyde Rivers, Ph.D., who has delivered the message of civility and Community Civility Counts in his work around the world.
Sponsors for the event include the Gary Chamber of Commerce, The Times Media Co., Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, the National Civility Center, the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Forum.
To register for the World Civility Day event, contact the Gary Chamber of Commerce office at (219) 885-7407. The cost is $20 for an individual and $200 for a table of 10. Because the event is inside the casino, registrants must be over 21.