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. 

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.

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…

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.

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.

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. 

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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…

The 23rd annual Beaux Arts Ball, held at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, raised funds for the "everykid" program, which provides art education experiences for children and youth in underserved areas. This year's theme was "Let's Dance," a tribute to David Bowie. Guests at the blac…