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Mental Health America of Lake County held its first ever Wing & Roll event in support of programs that serve vulnerable families with children ages 0-5. The event at the Patrician Banquet Center featured local band Underground Prophets and wing samplings provided by eight local chefs.  Read more

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The Dunes Learning Center hosted its 5th Annual Winter Open House, where attendees could tour the property, make crafts, and learn about the center's services. The Dunes Learning Center offers programs for educating children and adults on environmental stewardship. Read more

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South Shore Arts' Motown vs. Chi-Town: The Indiana Connection featured a special donors event on Jan. 17, 2017. Center for Visual and Performing Arts. The exhibit traces the Chicago music scene of 1950-70, its ties to Detroit and its early beginnings in Northwest Indiana. Read more

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The Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala at the Radisson. Guests dressed in Roaring '20s attire embraced the gala's Great Gatsby theme while enjoying cocktails, dinner and dancing. The event honored community leaders and proceeds benefited the Education Foundations in… Read more

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The Crown Point Community Foundation held its annual gala for more than 200 guests at the Old Historic Courthouse. Guests danced to “The Connexion Band,” and dinner was served by the Radisson. The Disney-themed decorations and flowers were prepared by Monarch Florist, and Edda Taylor Photogr… Read more

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The Lake Area United Way awarded faithful contributors at their Star Awards reception held at the Indiana Welcome Center. The awards highlight nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and community volunteers who have gone above and beyond to serve the residents of Lake County. Read more

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The Porter County Museum celebrated the third year of Community Supported Art Valparaiso. Attendees were introduced to the 2016-17 artists by viewing their works on display, and via a Q&A panel, where artists discussed their experience and the art project.  Read more

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Opportunity Enterprises held its annual ARTability Show & Auction at Valparaiso University's Christopher Center Library. Guests enjoyed live music, a cash bar, and desserts by Wildflour. Client artists from OE created unique paintings, ceramic pieces and glassware for the show, all of wh… Read more

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Local business leaders, elected officials and hospitality professionals gathered to celebrate the 33rd Annual Holiday Reception at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The South Shore CVA honored outstanding individuals and businesses that represent the hospitality industry and contribute … Read more

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The LaPour Brew and Wine Fest is an end-of-season craft beer festival celebrating local and national breweries with beer, wine, food and music. This year's event, held at the Civic Auditorium, was sponsored by the LaPorte County CVB and the LaPorte Mainstreet Association. Read more

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The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra performed traditional holiday favorites at their annual Holiday Pops concert at the Star Plaza Theatre. Local youth from Crown Point High School and Plum Grove Strings also performed with the symphony, along with guest vocalist Sian Davies. Read more

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Leeps Supply Company celebrated the grand opening of their new WaterPlace showroom in Crown Point by inviting celebrity home designer Ty Pennington to meet and greet guests. The evening prior to the opening, VIPs were treated to cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a special Q&A session with P… Read more

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Twenty young professionals were honored during The Times Media Company's annual "20 Under 40" awards banquet at Blue Chip Casino. The award winners, all aged 40 or younger, have shown leadership in business, education, government and social services. Read more

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The Asian American Medical Association held its 40th annual gala at the Avalon Manor with a South Korean theme, including performances by the Chicago Korean Dance Company. An awards ceremony followed dinner, with the association's Crystal Globe Award going to William Forgey for his dedicatio… Read more

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The Beta Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. held its 35th annual Evening of Elegance Style Show at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza. More than 320 people attended the fundraising event that featured raffles, boutique shopping, dinner and a runway extravaganza with fashions from local boutiques. Read more

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Theatre at the Center hosted its annual casino night charity gala with a "Denim and Diamonds" theme, which offered a balance of comfort and glamour. Guests filled the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to enjoy southwestern-themed cuisine, casino table games, and raffle prizes.  Read more

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More than a dozen local restaurants featured their cuisine at the annual Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes. Three local celebrities—Jeff Strack, Speros Batistatos, and Josh Halpern—worked with the restaurants to create their own "slider." The event also included a beer ta… Read more

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The Franciscan Alliance Foundation held its annual gala at the Halls of St. George. The gala proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund and the Cancer Care Fund. Attendees enjoyed drinks, dinner and dancing, as well as the chance to have their photos taken and enter a prize drawing. Read more

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The Influential Women of Northwest Indiana recognized the Region’s most successful women professionals in the areas of business, industry and community. The event, held at Avalon Manor, honored both established leaders and up-and-coming women in eleven industries in Northwest Indiana. Read more

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Mommy's Haven held a Princess Brunch at the Crown Point Christian School in St. John, sponsored by Pathway Church. Proceeds went to a building fund for the Mommy's Haven maternity home in Lowell. Admission included brunch, hair and nail styling, face glitter, jewelry making, tea parties, col… Read more

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Albert's Diamond Jewelers hosted its 13th Annual MS Auction at the Indiana Welcome Center. The event featured more than 300 auction and raffle items donated by local businesses and organizations. The entire proceeds from the event were donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Read more

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Edgewater Behavioral Health Services held its annual Edgewater Speakeasy Gala at the Sand Creek Country Club. The event raised money for the behavioral health organization, which serves anyone, including those who need help but have no way to pay. Art Norman of NBC Chicago emceed, and attend… Read more

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The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra opened its 75th anniversary season with a concert and gala at the Radisson Hotel and Star Plaza Theatre. More than 350 guests enjoyed dinner, drinks and a silent auction at the pre-concert gala and then joined other concert-goers at the theater. The o… Read more

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Veterans were treated to a police-escorted, non-stop motorcycle ride and a vendor fair and dinner at Blue Chip Casino, for the Breaking Down the Barriers: Salute to Our Veterans event. Proceeds benefit programs from local agencies that will help veterans and their loved ones obtain resources… Read more

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Ivy Tech Community College Northwest hosted its 15th annual Chancellors Scholarship Dinner at Avalon Manor. The school presented scholarships to 28 student scholars and honored Michael Schrage of Centier Bank as this year's Benefactor of the Year.  Read more

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Messages of “We do not fight alone” and “Stay positive” echoed throughout Avalon Manor during the 15th annual Pink Ribbon Society Breast Cancer Awareness Tea. More than 800 guests attended the tea, which included a basket raffle and shopping with local vendors. Read more

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One Region held its annual awards luncheon at the Radisson, featuring keynote speaker Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City. Cornett spoke of how he improved Oklahoma City's quality of place to improve its economy, and awards were given to individuals who have contributed to doing the same for… Read more

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The Dunes Learning Center held its annual gala, called "Walk Through Time—A Dunes Affair," at Sand Creek Country Club. Guests enjoyed an extended cocktail hour, silent auction, and music by the Corey Dennison Band. The event raises funds to make hands-on learning experiences accessible to lo… Read more

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A benefit concert was held at the Casa Maria Banquet Hall to help the St. Maria Goretti Food Pantry. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting, while also watching the band Smooth Groove perform smooth jazz, pop and lite rock. Read more

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The second annual "Heels for Meals" event, held at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, included food and drinks, a "Swanky Soles" competition of the best shoes and socks, and party games such as Giant Jenga and Party Time Plinko. Proceeds benefited the endowment funds at the Legacy Fo… Read more

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On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the spirit of American patriotism filled the Maki Ballroom in the historical Old Lake County Courthouse as the Patriot Brunch honored retired Air Force Col. and astronaut Jerry Ross. Members of the Junior ROTC program at Hammond High pre… Read more

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WoodenJacket, a husband-and-wife design and apparel company, hosted an art show at Antiques on Main along with clothing designer Sarah Spezza, also known as Mrs. Funkenstein. Attendees shopped the eclectic array of clothing, prints, and postcards, while also enjoying art, a vintage film, foo… Read more

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Dozens of chalk artists displayed their creativity on the sidewalks of downtown Chesterton for the fifth annual Hooked on Art festival. The event at Thomas Centennial Park was hosted by Frontline Foundations Inc., a nonprofit substance abuse treatment provider based in Chesterton and LaPorte… Read more

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana hosted the 30th Annual Golf Classic at Briar Ridge Country Club. Local business and community leaders gathered for a day of golf followed by cocktails and a reception dinner. Proceeds from the event, themed "Every Child is a Diamond in the Roug… Read more

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After the success of last year's inaugural event, Ms. Elle's Especially for You hosted its second scholarship dinner and fashion show to raise funds for scholarships going to high school students. Guests viewed fashions made by local designers and artists, visited local vendor booths, and en… Read more

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The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra hosted free concerts all summer long at various locations throughout the Region, including Redar Park in Schererville. The summer program featured patriotic songs, light classical pieces, movie themes and Broadway tunes, plus Indiana-themed music to c… Read more

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The Memorial Opera House Foundation hosted a 1950s sock hop at Valparaiso's William E. Urschel Pavilion. The event included a hula hoop contest, '50s costume contest, car show, live music by the Neverly Brothers and a dancing competition. Proceeds from the event benefit the MOH Foundation, w… Read more

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Washington Park Zoo held its Zoo B Que fundraising event, which included dinner, a silent auction and a plush lion giveaway. Attendees watched a Silly Safari Show that allowed the children at the event to interact with everything from rabbits to reptiles while enjoying food and drinks. Read more

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The Crossroads Chamber of Commerce added to its membership and geographic reach by merging with the Winfield/Lakes of the Four Seasons Chamber of Commerce. Members of both chambers celebrated the merger with a ceremony and reception at the LOFS clubhouse. Read more

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The Lubeznik Center's Art and Artisan Festival featured regional contemporary art galleries, artists and artisans, along with live music, food, beer, wine, and artist activations. The festival was held on the grounds of the Lubeznik Center and supports the center's programs and operations. Read more

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The Indiana Ballet Theatre held a campaign kick-off to celebrate its future home at the new Classical Arts Centre in Crown Point. Attendees took guided tours from the Crossroads Chamber office to the center via Molly the Trolley and also were treated to hors d'oeuvres and beverages while lea… Read more

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Jazz enthusiasts filled the lawn of Michigan City's Guy Foreman Amphitheater for the Lighthouse Jazz Festival, which featured five jazz acts, including headliner Alex Bugnon. Vendor booths, food trucks, a game truck and a petting zoo were just some of the many activities available for concertgoers. Read more

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens hosted a princess-themed father-daughter dance at the property's pavilion. Dads and daughters were given the royal treatment, with a horse-drawn carriage ride, appearances by princesses and ballerinas, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. Read more

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Attendees of this event milled Centennial Park to sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around the Region, listen to live music, and browse the market of vendors. Musical guests included Frisky Taylor, Natalie Gelman, Heather Styka, Morning Glory and Jerica Paliga. Read more

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Guests dressed in white and dined under a white tent for the annual Picnic en Blanc gala at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. The outdoor event, which raised funds for Taltree's conservation and education efforts, included dinner, a raffle, silent auction, music and dancing to the Big Swing Band. Read more

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The New Buffalo ARTigras Art and Crafts Festival featured original works of art from more than 70 local and regional artists. Attendees strolled the streets of New Buffalo to view art and enjoy food, live music, and artist demonstrations.  Read more

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The 42nd edition of A Park Full of Art featured dozens of artisans from the Region and around the nation displaying their original works at Griffith's Central Park. The open air gallery of booths brought out thousands of people of all ages to browse and buy at the two-day juried show. Read more

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The Lubeznik Center for the Arts hosted its annual premier fundraiser, ArtBash, at Blue Chip Casino. It was a "satirical evening of political spoofery," with a presidential, patriotic theme throughout. Guests sampled foods from stations representing different areas of the US, and Second City… Read more

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The public was invited to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Jay Marie Salon and Spa in Schererville. Attendees toured the salon, met the stylists and enjoyed refreshments in a reception following the ribbon cutting. Read more

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The Odyssey Yacht cruised Lake Michigan for a nautical fundraiser benefiting the youth of Campagna Academy. Guests enjoyed food, drinks, music, a silent auction, and a view of Chicago while on the boat, which departed from Navy Pier. Read more