While many groups and organizations honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, none do it quite like the ECIER Foundation.
Each October, the ECIER Foundation holds its Jubilation event, which serves as a night of networking for women in the region. However, it also celebrates local breast cancer survivors.
Jubilation begins at 6 p.m. with a pre-event reception to give the guests an opportunity to network and mingle. This year, this reception was held at the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville. At 6:45, all 100 attendees board chauffeured limousines to be taken to one of 10 private dinners held at local establishments. Each dinner is not necessarily held at a restaurant, but at another type of business to give diners a one-of-a-kind experience.
While at dinner, the guests enjoy food provided various Northwest Indiana restaurants. They also experience a presentation by the business hosting the dinner leading into an inspiring account from a breast cancer survivor.
At 8:30 p.m., guests are brought back to the Radisson for a post-dinner reception which serves to honor all the breast cancer survivors in attendance. There is also a gift exchange that takes place. This promotes connection and sisterhood among women living in Northwest Indiana. The reception concludes around 10 p.m. with a candle light vigil honoring those who have fought breast cancer.
The ECIER Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to Educate, Create and Innovate Entrepreneur Relationships (ECIER) with young people in the community. In the pursuit of this goal, the Foundation also hosts classes for students across Northwest Indiana and movie premier events. ECIER and, particularly, the Jubilation event, have made such a unique impact on the community that ECIER founder and Chairman of the Board Chareice White has been named a member of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana.
To learn more about local organizations like ECIER, visit www.NWISOI.org.