Friday, December 31, 2010


Do you like to travel and try the various dishes different cultures prepare?  If so, this gala benefit is made for you!  Everyone is invited to attend Fort Wayne Sister Cities International’s Taste of Fort Wayne Sister Cities Gala Benefit and Annual Dinner.

The dinner will feature the cuisine of each of Fort Wayne's Sister Cities: Takaoka Japan, Plock Poland and Gera Germany.  Each dish will be prepared by Marriott’s own, Chef Mike.

Special Entertainment by:
Bob Criswell, piano
Hikaru Tamaki, cello and Daniel Quinn, guitar
Männerchor und Damenchor, Greg Vey, Director
Janice Furtner & Dorothy Kittaka, sopranos (Dueling Divas)    

When:  Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Where:  Fort Wayne Marriott Three Rivers Ballroom, 305 E. Washington Ctr. Rd., Fort Wayne, IN
Start Time:  6:00 p.m. Social Hour – Cash Bar, Silent Auction, Music
Dinner:  7:30 p.m. Dinner, Mayor Tom Henry, Guest Speaker
RSVP by:  Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Cost:  $45.00/person

Please make check out to:   Fort Wayne Sister Cities Intl.
Send to:  FWSC  I927 South Harrison St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802 
Email confirmation to:

Please visit their web site to learn more about Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Voices of Unity Youth Choir ---------- SOULFUL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

The Unity Performing Arts Foundation is excited to present:
Tenth Year Reunion Concert

Where: IPFW Rhinehart Music Center, Fort Wayne, IN
When: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 7:00 PM
Admission: Adults $15, Children 12 and under FREE
Purchase Tickets: Call 260-481-6719 or online

Purchase tickets now to hear Fort Wayne's own
World Champion Gold Medalist
and the
Directed by: Marshall White

Monday, December 27, 2010

2011 Winter Wellness Retreat - Downtown Fort Wayne on January 8th

It is time to cleanse your mind and body from any or all stress that came in 2010.  The annual Winter Wellness Retreat will help you get 2011 started on the right track! If you live in the Fort Wayne area and your 2011 New Year's Resolution is to take care of yourself so you can better take care of others in your life... then this wellness retreat is for you.

Location: FWDC Studios, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN
Date: Jan. 8, 2011, 8:30am - 12:30pm
To Register: Call 260-424-6574, email
Admission: $50 per person

The day's activity in a snapshot:
> 8-8:30am: Tea and light fare by Jeannie Porter
> 8:30-9:45am: Yoga with instructor Jill Harman
> 10-11:15am: T'ai Chi with instructor Nancy Woollacott
> 10-11:15am: Relaxation Techniques: Breathwork and Beyond with instructors Pam and Kelly Holt
> 11:30-12:30 Lunch by Jeannie Porter

This is the perfect way to start out the new year in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fort Wayne Ballet and Animal Care & Control Provides Holiday Joy!

The partnership between Fort Wayne Ballet and Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control was unique to say the least, with 13 special “muttcrackers” sharing the stage with the talented dancers of Fort Wayne Ballet and the community. But the ploy was more than just a cute twist to an annual tradition – it also provided a means to educate the community about the plight of homeless animals and provide awareness of how the problem can be solved. With all of the dogs featured in The Nutcracker adopted by December 20 (only one week after the final curtain fell on the 2010 performances) and already in new homes, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control considers this year’s event a huge success. In addition to the adoptions themselves, many of which came as a direct result of the exposure on stage at The Nutcracker, Adoption Supervisor Allison Miller has seen other benefits, as well.
            “I do believe that The Nutcracker has brought more foot traffic through our Adoption Center.  I have heard several of our adoption visitors state that they were either at a Nutcracker performance or heard about our animals from someone who was at The Nutcracker—and that is why they decided to come here to look for a pet versus going to a pet store.  This makes me very happy!”
            Karen Gibbons-Brown, Artistic/Executive Director of Fort Wayne Ballet, had hoped to see these results and is now looking ahead to sharing this success with other organizations.

Two "Muttcrackers" with a Nutcracker performer and animal friend, Joni Dick.

            “Part of our obligation is to give back to the community, and we teach that to our young people at Fort Wayne Ballet. We teach them to be servant leaders beyond just what they learn through classes and performances, and we encourage them to engage in the community. We do it every year with our coat and mitten drive, and we did it this year with Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. We want to be one of the leaders in our community, and part of that hope is to not only affect change today but to affect it tomorrow, as well.”

With only three months until the spring collaboration with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, CoppĂ©lia, and the Youth Company performances of Madeline, Fort Wayne Ballet continues to provide the Fort Wayne area with professional productions and the renowned class instruction provided by Academy of Fort Wayne Ballet.  But only nine short months remain until auditions for the 2011 production of The Nutcracker, and Karen Gibbons-Brown is already thinking about what might be possible in the years ahead.

“We belong to a trendsetting community, and we want to do our part to be a catalyst for change. We did that in the spring with our trading cards with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Indiana & Michigan Power linemen, and we were happy to do it again with Animal Care & Control. It worked well for us, it worked well for them, but most of all it worked for the homeless animals we were able to help – and we’re looking at ways to expand that beyond Fort Wayne.”

Please visit their web site to learn more about the Fort Wayne Ballet or contact Michele DeVinney at 260-484-9646 or and see how you can get involved.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Jophiel Announces Recipients of $5,000 Contribution

Followup to article posted on December 9, 2010:

The staff of Jophiel with the 2010 Education recipients' executive directors

For the fall of 2010 Jophiel, a fine women's clothier, located in Covington Plaza on W. Jefferson Blvd., in Fort Wayne, Indiana, focused its philanthropic support to the area of Education. On December 15, 2010 Jophiel announced the recipients of their contribution.

Four local organizations each received a portion of the total $5,000 gift:
Early Childhood Alliance - Parents as Teachers Program
Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society - Heritage Education Fund
Boys & Girls Clubs - Project Learn
Artlink - Art for Kids Program

Visit Jophiel's web site to learn more about how each organization will put their portion of the gift to good use.

Friday, December 17, 2010

6th Annual BRAIN GAME - Fort Wayne Center for Learning


The Fort Wayne Center for Learning is pleased to host its 6th annual Brain Game on February 26, 2011!

What? Brain Game benefiting the Fort Wayne Center for Learning
When? February 26, 2011
Team Registration & Pictures at 5:30PM
The fun starts at 6PM!
Where? Grand Wayne Convention Center
Wear a costume and play the part! There is a prize for best costume too.
This Hollywood-style trivia game has companies and organizations - many dressed in outlandish and creative costumes - from across the area competing against each other to earn the title of the “Brightest Bulbs in the Fort.”   
2010 "Brightest Bulbs" - Signup today... This could be your team!?!?
 The event is widely known as “the most fun you’ll ever have at a charitable event!”

"Do you know the answer."  "No! Do you?" "Hit the buzzer anyway!" 

This year’s event will feature an all-play preliminary round, thought-provoking trivia tidbits from nine different categories, a final round full of entertaining acts, dinner, cash bar and lots of fun surprises!
Is that a crocodile or an alligator? Whichever it is, take it from Linda, it's REAL!
Learning challenges affect people from every race, gender, ethnic and socio-economic background.  The Fort Wayne Center for Learning provides one-on-one remedial instruction to all who can benefit from it, at fees that are affordable for their families.  They recognize that “Every child is different.  Their right to learn is the same.”  Please visit their web site to learn more about the Fort Wayne Center for Learning and how you can get involved.

To enter or sponsor a team, sponsor the event, or purchase tickets call 260-469-3925 or e-mail for additional information or download the informational brochure from their web site.  Click here to view more photos from past Brain Games.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Breakfast with an Angel 2010 ............... Trinity English Lutheran Church

Trinity English Lutheran Church was the site for Breakfast with an Angel on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  The breakfast was geared to all preschool and elementary-aged children and their families and was a great way for families to start the Christmas season.  Everyone enjoyed a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast, sausage, fruit, rolls, and beverages.

The Angel told the Christmas story to everyone and reported on what all the Angels witnessed that wonderful night.  After listening to the Angel's news all the children made a Christmas ornament and treat to take home.

 Children and families were welcomed to have their photo taken with the Angel and all went home with a framed print.

Everyone was invited to attend and the cost including breakfast was $3 for adults and $1 for children.  If you missed this year's breakfast, check back on the Trinity English web site in November 2011 for the date and details and attend next year.

Give the Gift of Warmth to Fort Wayne Residents In Need

Many children and adults in the Fort Wayne area do not have a coat to keep them warm this winter...
Do you have a coat to spare?

Heart of the City Missions Foundation's goal
 is to distribute 1,000 coats around 
Fort Wayne on Christmas Eve.

Senator Richard G. Lugar and Heart of the City Missions Foundation are working together to make this goal a reality.  Do your part by donating new or gently used coats by December 17, 2010.

Collection Site:
Senator Richard G. Lugar 
Northeast Indiana Community Service Center
Covington Plaza
6384-A W. Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN  46804

Call 260-422-1505 

Friday, December 10, 2010

2nd Annual Social Service Summit

The 2nd annual Health & Human Services Coalition Social Service Summit was held today, December 10, 2010, at the Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana.  Kathleen Randolph, with WorkOne, kicked things off by welcoming all attendees and introduced Mayor Tom Henry.

Mayor Henry reported on outcomes from the first Social Service Summit and announced the launching of a new web site geared directly to nonprofits. The site brings everyone from non-profits, faith-based, government, and business sectors together to help people in need. The site is called              

Next, Dr. Michale Hicks, the keynote speaker, informed us on his view of the area economy and things possibly to come in the future.  His presentation touched on many areas including banking, manufacturing, housing and education.  He believes education of our youth should be our number one priority.

Katy Silliman then gave us an update on Vision 2020, and Mike Landram from the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce reported on new and innovative things happening in the Fort Wayne area.

After these speakers, three breakout sessions were planned.  Each breakout session had three-four offerings to choose from depending on which topic best fit your need. Pictured is Linda Buskirk of Accountable Solutions, Inc.  She spoke on "10 Traits of a Terrific Board Member" and the importance of a vital Board of Directors to help make an organization a success.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jophiel to Award $5,000 to Education Programs/Activities

"Jophiel is fortunate to do business in a community that has supported it for over fifteen years," explained Julie Eckert Clancy, owner of Jophiel, a fine women's clothier. "Because of the continued support of our clients, we are able to assist others in our community."

This fall, Jophiel focused its philanthropic support on education, with the desire to contribute to educational programs and nonprofit organizations whose mission supports education in the Fort Wayne community and the surrounding area. A call for submissions went out in September, with Jophiel committing to contribute up to five thousand dollars to the winning recipients.

On Wednesday, December 15th at 1:00 pm, the four recipients will be announced at Jophiel, 6420 West Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza. Said Clancy, "Jophiel is excited to be able to show our support for wonderful educational programs and initiatives in our community." A similar philanthropic support for the arts is planned for the spring.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Warm and Cozy" Open House Benefits FWSATC

Almost 50 women stopped by for some "warm and cozy" on Tuesday at the home of A Party Apart's Cheryl Brockmann, and countless others dropped off donations in all forms — all to help support the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. If you haven't toured this center or met these wonderful women, it should be your New Year's resolution to do so. Incredible resource providing incredible care, education, research and support. Learn more at and help others become more aware of what the Treatment Center can provide.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fort Wayne Museum of Art 2011 GALA

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will once again hold its 2011 Gala at its newly expanded facility.

When: March 4, 2011
Where: FWMoA, 311 East Main St., Fort Wayne, Indiana
Time: TBA
For More Information: Michelle Gray, 260-422-6467, x-338 or


Come for the Fun! Come for the Food! Come for the Art! Come to Support!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball - Downtown Fort Wayne

YLNI, Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, will host their 6th Annual Masquerade Ball on December 31, 2010 from 9:00pm- 2:00am at Downtown Fort Wayne's Parkview Field.

When:  New Year's Eve - 12-31-10, 9 pm - 2 am
Where:  Suite Level Lounge Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing Street
Parking:  Free parking in Silver lot (corner of Ewing & Brackenridge)
Tickets:  $35 in advance, $30 for YLNI dues-paying members, $40 day of event (if available)

       Featuring:  FIREWORKS at midnight from the field presented by Lake City Bank, CASINO GAMES, Music & Dancing, Hors d'oeuvres, Expanded Full Bar Service accepting cash & credit card

* Must be 21 or over
* Masks required - prize awarded for best mask
* Black-tie optional
* Everyone will receive vouchers to play casino games
* Purchase tickets through the Store

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Social Service Summit - December 10, 2010 Fort Wayne, Indiana

You are invited to the 2nd annual Health & Human Services Coalition Social Service Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Social service issues and responsibilities are not limited to agencies doing the work, but rather they extend to our entire Northeast Indiana community.  Whether you work in the public or private sector, for a non-profit or faith based organization or are simply an interested individual, board member or volunteer, there is something for you at the Social Service Summit.

When: December 10, 2010, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana (directions)
           7602 Patriot Crossing
             Fort Wayne, IN 46816 - 2520
            Telephone: 260-439-8200

Cost: FREE

Friday, November 19, 2010

Walmart at Fort Wayne's Southtown Crossing Donates to Francine's Friends

The employees of Walmart at Southtown Crossing in Fort Wayne presented Francine's Friends with a check for $1,000.

The employees took time out of their day preparing the store for the Thanksgiving holiday to present the check as a proud group.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

7th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Indiana Chapter hosted the 7th Annual National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropists Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, November 17th at Ceruti’s. The awards breakfast recognized those individuals and organizations in our community whose generous gifts of time, expertise, and resources have made Northeast Indiana a better place to live.

Four awards for Outstanding Philanthropy were presented:
Jean Vrabel (LFG), Taylor Reuille, Madeleine Baker, Jerry D. Fox
• Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy – Taylor Reuille, who at the age of 11 started on a quest to bring a Boundless Playground to the Fort Wayne community so children of all abilities and disabilities would have a place to play together. Three years after her quest began, Taylor and Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation broke ground on the first Boundless Playground in Indiana. Because of one young girl’s vision and dedication the playground will open on Memorial Day, 2011.

• Outstanding Philanthropist – Jerry D. Fox has been a force for good in sports- and youth-oriented nonprofits for over 25 years. As a result of his philanthropic leadership and fundraising activities, Fort Wayne has seen the strengthening and diversification of the sports program at IPFW, the construction of the Memorial Baseball Stadium which brought minor league baseball to the city, and the establishment of the Lifetime Sports Academy.

• Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist – The Lincoln Financial Corp. has a long and rich history of supporting a range of programs and projects in the communities in which it is located. The company sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings to support charitable contributions. In 2009 the Lincoln Foundation donated $3,180,405 in the greater Fort Wayne area, giving to such causes as services for children and aging adults, healthcare, literacy training, childcare, prevention of abuse and violence, emergency shelters, transportation, music, theater, public television and radio, and education. Everyone who lives in Fort Wayne benefits from the philanthropic spirit of the Lincoln Financial Corporation.

• Outstanding Nonprofit Leader – Madeleine Baker became the Executive Director at Early Childhood Alliance in January, 2002, bringing nearly 20 years of experience to theposition. With solid management skills, Madeleine has advanced the mission of building better futures for young children through the many quality services EAC provides for children, families, and childcare providers. Because of Madeleine, the Board is more representative of the diversity in our community, a volunteer program was created to supplement the work of staff, a planned giving committee was created, and the organization moved into the 21st Century using technology to improve inter-agency communications, streamline reporting, strengthen financial management, and improve efficiencies. Madeleine also spearheaded the creation of two unique events—the annual themed tea party and a block-building competition called Plank-APalooza— which have raised awareness of ECA and are providing new financial support for the organization’s programs.
Kathy Callen, daughter of Richard Doermer

In addition to recognizing the Outstanding Philanthropists of 2010, the AFP Northeast Indiana Chapter and its sponsors recognized and honored the late Richard “Dick” Doermer for a lifetime of leadership in philanthropy.

Finally, the organization honored special Giving Hearts in our community—those volunteers, donors, board members, and employees who go that extra mile and are always willing to chair another committee, take on another project, or put in extra time to ensure the mission is accomplished.

This year’s Giving Heart honorees are:

American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana
Katherine MacAulay
Jo Milliken
Lynn Witt
Early Childhood Alliance
John Rogers
Suzanne Rogers
East Allen County Schools Educational Foundation
James Ball
Joyce Magner
Salvation Army
Ginny Thomas
Fort Wayne Children’s Choir
Nancy Swanson
Volunteer Center @ RSVP
Ron Costa
Larry Drook
Susie Pierce
Donald T. Thornton
Fort Wayne Center for Learning
Jennifer Jo Brown
Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities
Art Litton
Marcia Litton
YWCA of Northeast Indiana
Tonya Wine

The keynote speaker at the breakfast was former State Representative Matt Bell.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars 2010

Hope Huber and Troy Baeten
Even though there is a panel of three judges-- their scores mean nothing. What does matter is buying votes, and the votes (donations) are in for the 2010 Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars.  Hope Huber and her dance partner Troy Baeten, owner of the Fort Wayne Arthur Murray School of Dancing, danced a flawless Samba which the crowd loved.  This, along with some hard work promoting their fundraising efforts for Carriage House and involvement with Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars all helped to garner them the most votes (donations).

Emcees: Julie Eckert Clancy, Andy Wilson with Patsy Dumas-Chair
Actually, all the Dancers were winners raising money for the biggest winner of all, Carriage House, which has a singular mission of assisting people in recovering from mental illness and returning to the community.

"Celebrity Judges": Jane Martin, Karl Peterson, Jay Leonard
Dave Dumas was the second largest vote getter/fundraiser and Connie Voderman came in third.  All the dancers worked hard learning and practicing their dance routine as well as marketing themselves to raise money on behalf of the Carriage House.  The 2010 list of dancers also included: Jerry Thompson, Aishah Hasnie, Katie Burns, Mark Carboni, Toni Thompson, John Peirce, and Brad Stinson.  If you missed this years Dancing with the Fort Wayne Stars, you will want to be sure not to miss next year's event. Be sure to check back here for details on the 2011 event.  Click here for more photos.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Allen County SPCA - Paws & Claws 2010

The Allen County SPCA held its annual Paws & Claws fundraiser on November 6, 2010 at the Scottish Rite Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. There was great food, a beer and wine tasting, an Olive Oil tasting, and nice desserts, including a chocolate fountain.

The event also featured a silent auction with lots of great items to bid on to help the SPCA.  The money raised ensures there is a safe haven for the homeless pets in Northeast Indiana. The Allen County SPCA is a 501(c)3 organization which relies solely on the generosity of the area community.  They receive no government funding and are not supported by the national organization.

Please click here to view more photos.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Kids and adults all had fun making mask ornaments to decorate the FAME tree which will be displayed at the Festival of Trees at the Embassy.  Everyone was invited to gather at the Fort Wayne Marriott for great food, music, silent auction, and to help create mask-themed decorations.

It was a fun night out for families and supporters of FAME.  To learn more about FAME and how you can get involved visit their web site at

Bravo Brunch for the Arts - 2010 Artie Awards

Over 125 people attended the presentation of the 2010 Artie Awards at the annual Bravo Brunch in the Arts United Center. There were eight winners in seven categories for 2010. Two nominees were honored for Lifetime Achievement. Executive Director, Jim Sparrow, and Indiana Arts Commission chairwoman, Jeanne Mirro, presented the honors.

Artist of the Year
Derek Reeves
joined the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as Principal Violist in 2003 and has performed in concert and as a soloist extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He plays violin with his jazz trio, the Mimi Burns Band, and arranges and conducts the string orchestra for the Voices of Unity youth choir.
Outstanding Arts Advocate
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends
began in 1944 as the Women’s Committee and later the Philharmonic Volunteers. With 150 members, they advance the arts through their free pre-concert talks, instrument loan program, instrument playground and have awarded 31 scholarships this year. John McFann accepted the award.

Corporate Arts Supporter
Indiana Michigan Power has been a long-standing arts and cultural supporter in our community. Their nomination from the Fort Wayne Ballet recognizes support that has grown from a decade of sponsoring the Nutcracker to a creative collaboration promoting National Dance Week with “Everyone Dances,” featuring trading cards printed with Indiana Michigan Power line mechanics and Ballet dancers.

Art Educator of the Year
Heather Miller has grown the art program at Oak Farm Montessori School tremendously in the eight years of her exceptional leadership. She also instructs art for home-schooled children, at summer camps and a Winter Camp for children with cancer. She is a published children’s book author and vice president of FAME.

The Downtown Improvement District, City of Fort Wayne, Visit Fort Wayne and Arts United collectively manage the newly designated cultural district. This partnership will shape the future of the community through cultural, economic and quality of life projects and initiatives. The group worked diligently this year to analyze Fort Wayne’s cultural assets, to outline a cultural plan for the community, to form the district and obtain a formal Cultural District designation for downtown Fort Wayne. Rich Davis (center, left) and Dan O'Connell (center right) accepted the award for the groups.

Volunteer of the Year
Susan Jones
has been an advocate for the arts her entire life; first, through her 25-year career in education, then, through her leadership in many community organizations. She volunteers for the Wabash Valley Music Association, Wabash Unit of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Honeywell House, and Wabash Musicale. She wrote the script, lyrics and music for the historical play “Wait ‘til You Get to Wabash.”

Lifetime Achievement
June Enoch
has been a tireless champion of the arts and a lifelong volunteer in many different capacities. She is recognized for her years of board service to many organizations, her generous support and advocacy and most notably her recent work for the Museum of Art’s Capital Campaign making an immeasurable difference in the life of the Museum.

Jackson Lehman was nominated by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for decades of board leadership and fundraising expertise, both with The Phil and other organizations including Arts United. He was instrumental in renovations of the Embassy Theatre and the Allen County Courthouse and has supported a variety of arts groups through his leadership of the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation. June and Jack were not available for photos.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Kroger Donates to Two Fort Wayne Area Non-Profits

Kroger cut the ribbon at their newly renovated store on St. Joe Center Rd.  Kroger honored two local organizations with donations to help them continue their good work in the community.

Jane Avery accepted a check for $15,000 for Community Harvest a local area food bank.


Sharon Simmons accepted a check for $1,000 on be half of Francine's Friends, Fort Wayne area's only Mobile Mammography coach.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Foellinger Foundation - Carl D. Rolfsen STEWARDSHIP Award

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana was the site of the 2010 Foellinger Foundation's Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award. The Foellinger Foundation honored 34 nominees at a luncheon where they all received recognition for their service to area non-profits.

David Gutting, a volunteer for Blue Jacket was the Carl D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award winner.