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NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SeRvING NORThweST INdIANA & SOuTheAST SubuRbS OF chIcAGO Salutes all non-profit organizations that help support, grow, anchor and promote our communities. THE MISSING PIECE OF THE COMMUNITY PUZZLE It’s the missing piece of the community puzzle. It’s the talk of the town, and it’s the future centre of our community! What is it? It’s the Classical Arts Centre Project (CAC). Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is leading a renovation project of the former Nurses Home located at 2323 N. Main Street in Crown Point. The former nurses’ dormitory served as a tuberculosis sanatorium for staff nurses. REMEMBERING THE SANITARIUM In the midst of the Great Depression, Mildred Francis Johnson, a 40-year old mother living in Hammond, was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The disease had already claimed the lives of both her parents, sister, and brother. In 1945, Mildred entered under the care of the staff at the Crown Point Sanitarium while her daughter, Harriet, lived with three different families, until her mother was released. Mildred’s treatment required strict bed rest over the next three years and was discharged in 1949. She was a chameleon of jobs, doing what the workforce demanded of her, including a cook, a housekeeper, and a seamstress. She finally landed a job at WCKT-TV in the early 50s, after a move to Florida, where she was a beloved switchboard operator by many celebrities. “She was a fighter and a survivor. She enjoyed the birth of three grandchildren. She passed away at the age of 81 in 1985, having lived many years longer than she might have, thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Crown Point Sanitarium,” described Harriet of her mother. THE CAC VISION AND MISSION The Centre is the vision of Gloria Tuohy, IBT Founding Artistic Director. Her dedication and tenacity have given life to the idea and its realization is coming to fruition. The building will serve as a cultural and educational arts centre as well as permanent home for IBT. It will house a black box theatre that will be open to community theatre groups and private events, spaces for music lessons, and studios for dance and dance movement therapy classes. Plans also include space for a carvery/bistro, a banquet/meeting room, and a historical library. Its mission is to enrich lives by creating a destination, preserving history, providing educational and performance opportunities for music, dance, theatre and the arts. THE BUILDING IBT is restoring and preserving the historical Georgian Revival, three-story, 20,000 square foot structure, built in 1930. It is the only one of its kind still CLASSICAL ARTS CENTRE TEE for Classical Arts Centre Come Golf With Us AugusT 5, 2019 golf fundrAisEr for ThE ClAssiCAl ArTs CEnTrE ProjECT hEld AT YouChE CounTrY Club 2301 W. 129Th PlACE CroWn PoinT, indiAnA Many SponSorShip opportunitieS available inCluding dinnEr sPonsor, lunCh sPonsor bEvErAgE sPonsor And holE sPonsor golf PACkAgEs of foursomE AT $520.00 or singlE golfEr for $130.00 golf shoTgun sTArT AT noon All Golfers will HAve luncH on tHe Grill And dinner EvErY golfEr gETs A gifT!! for morE informATion ConTACT indiAnA bAllET ThEATrE AT 219-755-4444 or standing in the world. “This project has come a long way in a few years,” said Jackie Stuck-Borggren, Vice-President of the IBT Executive Board. “We’ve completed Phase I of the project, which is the exterior of the building,” she added. But Phase II, the interior, of the project can’t happen without community support from donors, Stuck-Borggren explained. “This work and vision would not be possible without some very generous local leaders, donors, volunteers, and board members,” she said. The project has reached some major goals over the last few years: - 2017: Lake County Commissioners deed building to IBT - 2017: Phase I – Exterior work completed - 2017: CAC Advisory Committee formed - 2018: Mayor David Uran and Crown Point City Council approve to waive building project fees Last year, Stuck-Borggren formed an CAC Advisory Board, to assist in funding guidance for the project. “These members are true leaders in our community who see the need to bring the arts to our community, so they’re graciously offering their expertise, time, and talents,” StuckBorggren said. Advisory board members are Mike Dexter, Jim Kendall, Tom Liss, Dr. Mary Mirro, Dominic Pampalone, and Sherron Pampalone. IBT is preparing to launch its capital campaign to raise funds for its $1-milliondollar goal to complete Phase II, the interior of the building. Phase III, the grounds, will follow once Phase II is completed. Centier Bank was one of the first local businesses to support the project, committing to a large donation over the next five years. IBT’s annual Tee for CAC Golf Outing and Gala fundraisers also benefit the project. “Crown Point is wonderfully equipped for sports. It’s also a place where many come to patronize its local restaurants, it even has some of the very best summer events. So what is it is missing? The arts,” Stuck-Borggren said. “Let’s provide our children and community with well-rounded opportunities, that not only include sports, but also include the arts,” she added, “it’s the missing piece of the community puzzle.” To learn more about the CAC Project, to participate in the building project, make a donation, or request a private tour, please call PH: 219.263.8041, E-mail: ibtnw@, or visit us online at CAC MISSION: To enrich lives by creating a destination, preserving history, providing educational and performance opportunities for music, dance, theatre and the arts. COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY • REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE CATALYST FOR CHANGE The Times offers one advertisement per year to a charitable non-profit organization, 501(c)(3), for the purpose of promoting events or services that benefit broad public interest. Creative services charge may apply. To inquire, contact Cindy Kimmel at

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