Members in the News: July

Each month we like to honor all of our Members who have made the local news. Check out who was in print during the month of June:

-Charlie Blum: Charlie Blum is the former President and CEO of the Star Plaza Theatre. The Times recently reported that the Star Plaza will in fact be torn down in the summer of 2018. While the community rallied to save the theatre last fall, White Lodging chose to demolish the venue and two office structures that also sit on the property next year to make room for a large hotel at the corner of US 30 and I-65.

-Opportunity Enterprises: Opportunity Enterprises is a Member organization in Valparaiso that assists disabled adults with job training. The organizations celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with an awards ceremony that drew 250 region residents. The ‘Power of Potential’ event showcased client success stories and honored the Volunteer of the Year as well as the Clients of the Year.

-Leon’s Triathlon: Leon’s Triathlon is a Member organization that hosts an annual triathlon event to benefit disabled military veterans. This year’s race took place on June 4 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park in Hammond. Over 500 athletes participated, including 40 disabled veterans.

Chanute discussion: Octave Chanute biographer Simine Short gave an informative presentation on the life and work of one of Northwest Indiana’s most famed innovators on June 25. She discussed how Chanute achieved manned-flight years before the Wright brothers did and he accomplished it on the Indiana Dunes. After her presentation at the Douglas Center, she took the group on a hike to the very location where Chanute tested his theories. Short also mentioned that there are several replicas of Chanute’s successful glider positioned across Northwest Indiana, including one at the Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Ivy Tech-Gary Campus.

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