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World Civility Day 2018 will be April 12. 

Community Civility Counts will hold its third annual World Civility Day events on April 12.

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

Community Civility Counts started as an initiative of the Gary Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and has expanded to include many partners both locally and nationally. It was launched in 2015 at a news conference at Gary City Hall.

“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,” Chuck Hughes said. “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 held in 2016 sold out. Over 300 people from Indiana and nine other states and three countries attended. Clyde Rivers, Ph.D., representative to the United Nations from Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative, gave the keynote address at the packed Majestic Star Casino ballroom in Gary.

Rivers returned for the second World Civility Day and gave out civility awards at an event that again attracted people from many states and several countries. He is expected to return next year.

World Civility Day on April 12 will include a kickoff lunch and workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center.

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

Sponsorships and tickets are available through the Gary Chamber of Commerce at 219-885-7407. Tickets — $90 VIP for all World Civility Day events, $30 for the afternoon lunch and workshops ($15 for students), $70 for the dinner ($650 for a table of 10) — can be obtained by calling the chamber.

Groups and businesses are welcome to join this initiative and be added to our growing list. Just contact the Gary chamber.

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