Thursday, June 6, 2013

Lakeside Tea at Wawasee

It was an inviting atmosphere at the beautiful home of Judy Pursley with a breathtaking view of Lake Wawasee on Friday, May 17, 2013. Judy Pursley and Chris Rupp were gracious to co-host this grand yacht themed event in order to support the Early Childhood Alliance.

The gathering began at 1:00 p.m. and guests were offered sparkling champagne or pink lemonade as they socialized with other attendees and observed the silent auction items.  Kim Sabrosky, ECA Tea Committee chair, Donna Emley, ECA Tea Sponsor and Committee member, and Madeleine Baker, Executive Director for the ECA welcomed the guests and expressed their appreciation for the attendees support toward the Early Childhood Alliance.

Each guest received a nametag that included various nautical titles that told him or her the table they were to sit at.  The meal was catered by Catablu and included a “savory” first course, “breads” second course, and “sweets” third course in addition to various iced and herbal teas by the Tea Brew Masters.  Between courses the attendees were encouraged to bid on the silent auction items.  Some of these included a Tiffany & Company sugar and creamer, men’s shirt and shorts combo, “sip, sigh and relax” wine package, “little fishes” infant and toddler busy bag, and a Matilda Jane bag.

As the auction came to a close and people took their leave, they received a cookie with the ECA logo on it, donated by the people at the Cookie Cottage, a Teatime magazine, a Vera Bradley key chain, and a bookmark from the ECA which included information about how certain financial donations help the organization as well as information on the importance of early learning for young children.  “85% of a child’s capacity for learning is determined before age 5, making positive early learning opportunities critical for lifelong learning.”  For more information on the Early Childhood Alliance, visit their website and consider making a donation of your own, so a young child can be prepared for the educational opportunities that lie ahead of them.

View more photos at SocialFortWayne's Facebook Page, be sure to like the page too.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

7th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival - Downtown Fort Wayne

What: 7th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
When: Sunday, May 19, 12 Noon to 5 p.m
Where: Allen County Public Library, Main Branch (downtown Fort Wayne)
Cost: Most events free for the public

The opening ceremony begins at 12 Noon with Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers, the Suzuki Strings - playing the Star Spangled Banner and the Japanese National Anthem, and Amadare (Rain).

There will be many featured artists and events at the Cherry Blossom Festival including:
  •  Fort Wayne Taiko, from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective
  •  Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers, from Indianapolis
  •  Yoko Reikano Kimura, Japanese Koto
  •  Hikaru Tamaki, Cello
  •  The Fort Wayne Guitar Quartet, lead player Dan Quinn
  •  Dorothy Kittaka, Soprano
  •  Janice Furtner, Soprano
  •  Irene Ator, Piano accompanist
  •  Suzuki Strings, conducted by Debra Graham
  •  Mrs. Shie Otani, Japanese Tea Ceremony
  •  Zentai Martial Arts, Decatur Mudokwan and Indianapolis Kendo Club
  •  Mike Schmid and Janice Furtner, Origami demonstration and hands-on origami activities
  •  Karaoke, the public
Also featured will be Arts and Crafts of Japan Marketplace:
  •  Bethany Lee – Paper arts
  •  DCB Discount Comics - Manga comics
  •  Hida Shashiko – Japanese embroidery
  •  Japanese Saturday School – Accessories, crafts and Japanese souvenir items
  •  Paul Griswold –Japanese-themed T-shirts
  •  Rei Kihara – Japanese fabric dresses, cosplay costumes, art prints, “cherry blossom”   accessories
  •  Ronia Marie Krieg – Shibori Silk Scarves
  • Anime Art! Draw a famous anime character or your own original character for prizes
  • Can You Haiku? Students will submit work prior to festival. Finalists from the schools will have their haiku displayed and will be invited to read their haiku at the festival. 
  • The public may also compose haiku at the festival for prizes.
  • CosPlay Competition! Students may wear costumes depicting their favorite anime character for prizes.
  • Toyko Seoul Restaurant, Sushi.
  • West Coast Grill, Yakitori
  • Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart, Japanese candies, drinks, ice cream, crackers etc.
  • Bonsai by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club
  • Japanese Goldfish Catch
  • Japanese-themed “Make and Take”, ACPL Children’s Services
  • Origami Demonstration and Hands-on sessions, Mike Schmid, Art educator/artist and Janice Furtner, artist/musician

Michele Yamanaka - email: phone:260-427-2196

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fort Wayne Children’s Choir - Selling Singing Valentine’s 2013!

The Fort Wayne Children’s Choir is selling Singing Valentine’s again in 2013! This is an easy way to share the love with someone you love, and support the FWCC. The Singing Valentine’s will be sung LIVE by members of the Treble Choir and Youth Chorale to your loved one over the phone between 5pm-6:30pm on Valentine’s Day.  This is the third year of selling Singing Valentines, and those who have received the Singing Valentines have LOVED them!! It’s a great joy to be the one calling those receiving the Singing Valentine, the people on the other end of the phone are so happy and awestruck by the thoughtfulness as well as the beautiful voices. You DON’T want to miss this.

The best part? They are just $10!!
They will call anywhere in the continental United States. So…who do you want to let know they are special to you on Valentine’s Day? Spouse? Parent? Friend? Child? Partner? Sibling? Grandparent? They will call them ALL!

How do you purchase? Call 260-481-0481!! Tell them who you want called, their phone number, who the valentine is from, and your phone number. (It’s best to call cell or home phones. ) You can pay via check or credit card number over the phone. It’s easy.

Don’t wait too long… Fort Wayne Children’s Choir have a maximum number of Singing Valentines they can sell, and they’re going FAST!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


WHAT:       Fort Wayne Sister Cites International presents
                   Annual Dinner and Gala Benefit Open to the public
WHEN:     Wednesday, February 20, 2013
                    5:30 p.m. Registration
                    6:00 p.m. Social hour with Cash Bar
                    and Silent Auction begins 7:00 p.m.
                    Buffet of cuisine from Fort Wayne’s four Sister Cities:
                    Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland and
                    Taizhou, China
WHERE:    Holiday Inn at IPFW and Coliseum Blvd.
                     4111 Paul Shaffer Drive Fort Wayne, IN
COST:         $50 per person in advance or $55 per person at the door;
                     corporate table $1,000 for 8
                     Paid reservations are required by Wednesday,
                     February 13, 2013
CONTACT:  Barbara Nohinek,

The public is invited to join Fort Wayne Sister Cities International in a grand eating adventure at A TASTE OF FORT WAYNE SISTER CITIES to be held at the Holiday Inn at IPFW and Coliseum Boulevard.

Cuisine from all four Fort Wayne Sister Cities (Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; Plock, Poland and Taizhou, China) will be prepared by Chef Jim Martin formerly of Catablu and the Blu Tomato.

For a cost of $50 per person in advance, $55 per person at the door, or corporate table $1,000 for 8, guests can enjoy a full menu from each country and help support Fort Wayne Sister Cities International.

There will be a cash bar all evening and a silent auction until 8 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will be the guest speaker. Entertainment will be provided by area musicians.
To reserve a place, send a check payable to Fort Wayne Sister Cities Int’I. to: FWSCI 927 S. Harrison Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Or e-mail reservations to: Or pay through PayPal.

Fort Wayne Sister Cities International is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote global friendship and peace through cultural, artistic, business, government, and student exchanges.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

National Wear Red Day in Fort Wayne

Wear Red Day is on February 1, 2013

Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined?  It is our nation's #1 killer, taking the lives of 2,200 Americans every single day.

The American Heart Association works to fund research and fight this deadly epidemic so that more lives can be spared - Your help is needed!

 Here are some ideas to support the American Heart Association on Wear Red Day...

    Call Emily Hayes, your Heart Ball Director, for bookmarks, posters, pins, stickers and other materials to create awareness!  260-433-2110 or email
   Have employees pay to wear jeans and a red shirt to work (and they receive a red dress pin)

   Sell red hearts, red dress pins or red dress stickers in your office

   Host a fundraiser at your office, like a bake sale or car wash

Having a mini-fundraiser at home or work is fun and easy, especially if you do it with friends!
To get more information and to receive your free planning guide and tools, go to  
All money raised on Wear Red Day will support the Fort Wayne Heart Ball. 


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Warm & Cozy Evening to Benefit Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Center

It was a Warm & Cozy evening inside the offices at A Party Apart in downtown Fort Wayne on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  It was an evening hosted by Cheryl Brockmann to shed light on a wonderful organization, the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Center.

Michelle Ditton, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, Chief Nursing Officer and Ex. Dir. of the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Center explained to the crowd the essential work performed at the center and how fortunate the Fort Wayne area is to have such a facility.

Since 1996 The Sexual Assault Center has helped over 4,000 patients.
Last year, 2012, was the second busiest year with a total of 332 patients.
Since 1996, the youngest person sexually assaulted was only 37 days old and the oldest was 91 years old.
Attendees brought toiletry items, new clothing, and/or monetary donations to help with day-to-day operation expenses.

See more photos on Facebook. 

Michelle Ditton encourages everyone to call and schedule a tour of this organization's facility.  To learn more about the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Center visit their new website and consider a donation of your time, talent, or treasure.