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Indiana Ballet Theatre celebrated its 12th annual fundraiser for the Classical Arts Centre (CAC) Project earlier this month at Halls of St. George in Schererville. The sold-out event received more than 250 guests gathered to raise funds for the project IBT is leading, to restore and preserve the former Nurses Home, a historical Georgian Revival building at 2323 N. Main St.

The future CAC’s mission is to enrich lives by creating a destination, preserving history, providing educational and performance opportunities for music, dance, theater and the arts. In an effort to demonstrate its vision for arts inclusivity, guests enjoyed an evening of young performers from Northwest Indiana, including IBT Company, Plum Grove Music, Merrillville High’s String Quartet, Crown Point High School Boys Choir, and 11-year-old Carter Walkowiak of Crown Point with his vocal and piano rendition of “Lost Boys."

“The dancers from IBT were amazing. These young people work so hard and have so much talent,” said Carol Highsmith, IBT executive board president. “This was a perfect example of how critical the arts are. The Classical Arts Centre will provide many ways for people of all ages to be educated in many aspects of the arts."

“We had a great time at the ball, and think it was the most animated live auction we have ever seen,” said Dian Reyome, Community Relations & Financial Capabilities officer at Centier Bank. “The entire evening was jam-packed with entertainment and showcased some of all the CAC project will offer our entire area."

Funds raised at the IBT Diamond Ball will be used toward Phase II of the CAC Project, the interior of the building. Phase I was completed last year and the building was also deeded to IBT by Lake County commissioners that year.

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