News from Assistance League of Indianapolis
On Thursday, December 7, Assistance League® of Indianapolis hosted Jingle and Mingle! Holiday Luncheon and Style Show. Held annually, the fundraiser is a holiday tradition in the Indianapolis area. Proceeds benefit Operation School Bell® divisions of Apparel, Shoes and Beyond the Bell plus ALI Bears, ALI Friends and Assault Survivor Kits.
Jingle & Mingle! Is made possible by the efforts of many workers who spent hours inputing data, preparing for the silent auction, collecting reservations, making centerpieces, setting up and much more. Co-chairmen Adele Carr and Rosemary Crowley led an outstanding team of: Mary Reid, Event Treasurer; Sharon Gleason, Sponsorships; Vendors, Susie Main; Silent Auction, Cathy Camp & Brenda Goodrich; Silent Auction Buyers, Cindee Potterack & Kathy Kerr Wylam; Reservations, Kathy Lengerich; Invitation/Programs, Kathy Detzler; Decorations, Lynne Hurlbut; Style Show, Sandy Speer; Purse-a-Palooza, Susie Moore; Wreath, Laurel Burns & Jane Hoover; Raffle, Susan Kwiatkowski; PR/Posters, Kathy Kerr Wylam; Membership, Janine Bercovitz; Setup/Takedown, Risa Stockton & Adele Carr and One Cause/IT, Carol Gambrel & Andrea Arbore.
As in past years, the Holiday Luncheon and Style Show was held at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Guests enjoyed a silent auction as well as holiday shopping from Kits and Kaboodle Classic Toys, Zionsville Olive Oil, Secret Ingredient Boutique, Lucy Bug, Old Thyme Adornments and Pamela C. Newell Fine Art. Adding to the fun was a 50/50 raffle plus a raffle for a wreath decorated with $500 worth of gift cards. New this year was Purse-A-Palooza: gently used purses were offered for sale, each with bonus surprises inside. Three lucky buyers found $100 inside their purchase! Also for sale were poinsettias and table centerpieces.
Once again, the support of community partners and sponsors aided in the success of the event. The Secret Ingredient Boutique organized the style show with clothes modeled by Assistance League member volunteers. Sharp Printing gave an in-kind donation by producing the programs. Sponsors included CarDon & Associates, Service Plus, Landa Foundation Inc., Lori Covert, Nancy Farris, Barb & Tom Zurek, Connie & Stephen Pollom, Sandy & Larry Speer, Vickie & Jim Theis, Carol & Keith Gambrel, Judy & John Tomke, Christy Corey, Sharon & Kevin Gleason, Sally & Alan K. Mills, Cathy & Matt Weimer and Kathy Kerr & Bruce Wylam,
Assistance League of Indianapolis is grateful for the support of the businesses, organizations and individuals such as the luncheon attendees whose generous gifts allow our mission of caring and commitment to the Indianapolis Community. For more information on the organization’s philanthropic programs click here. To donate click here.
Assistance League® of Indianapolis hosted a successful Regional Networking Conference, on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd. The theme of the well-attended gathering was “Connecting at the Crossroads of America”. The conference was sponsored by Healthcare Initiatives, Inc. and Patterson Dental. Participants came from the chapters of Birmingham, Chicagoland West, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Metro Columbus, Mid Missouri, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, National Office, Southeastern Michigan, St. Louis, Triangle Area, Wichita as well as Indianapolis.
Co-Chairmen Susan Kwiatkowski and Trish Severns spent eight months organizing and planning the event. Together with their committees, they created an informative opportunity for attendees to renew acquaintances and make new connections. Hours of work went into finding an appropriate venue, crafting items for welcome bags, planning an interesting agenda, cooking for the Monday night dinner at the Kwiatkowski home, printing name tags, assigning break-out sessions and engaging speakers.
In the afternoon of the first day of the conference, participants were divided in two groups which simultaneously took turns touring the AL Indianapolis chapter office and the Northbrook Warehouse that houses Operation School Bell® After explanations of the AL Indianapolis philanthropic programs, guests had the opportunity discuss their programs and how they operated. Many thoughts were shared, and hopefully some of the ideas discussed will prove useful for various home chapters.
On day two of the conference, Cathy Weimer, President AL Indianapolis welcomed all and introduced the keynote presentation, “Connecting to Purpose and Building Belonging”. The interactive talk, given by Beth Perdue Outland, Vice President of Leadership Indianapolis, succeeded in waking everyone up for a day of informative presentations and breakout sessions. Outland was immediately followed by Peggy Cotter, AL Minneapolis/St. Paul and Barbara Condra, AL Kansas City who jointly spoke on “Approachable DEI”. During lunch, Sandy Ross, National President/Board Chair and Matt Zarcufsky, National CEO, spoke to the group.
Prior to the afternoon’s breakout sessions, Karen Mollohan, AL Kansas outlined her chapter’s experience during her talk, “Basics of Bylaws Compliance Understanding State and Local Regulations”. Participants then attended sessions they chose when they registered for the conference. The presentations included, “Expanding Your Fundraising Capabilities”, “Membership- Making the Most of our Greatest Resource”, “Member Enrichment: The Value of Educational Moments at Regular Meetings”, “The Power of Marketing and Media for Non-Profits”, “Leadership Development: Barriers and Strategies” and “Roundtable Networking Discussion: Literacy and Scholarship Programs”.
Breakout presenters enthusiastically shared insights regarding their topic. The majority of speakers were from AL Indianapolis and included: Amanda Congrove, contracted grant writer; Janine Bercovitz, VP Membership; Judy Tomke, Past President and current Policies Chairman; Barb Kulsrud, Lisa Plank, Literacy co-chair; Susan Seet, Literacy co-chair; Amber Pirtle, Advisory Council Member and Ann Marie Shambaugh, Advisory Council Member. Other presenters were Julie Singer, financial advisor and Board of Directors member of United Way of Central Indiana; Jane Marschner, AL St. Louis and Karen Altergott Roberts, Family Sociologist, Purdue University (retired).
The members of AL Indianapolis sincerely welcomed the chance to show guests some famous “Hoosier Hospitality”. It is hoped that what was learned and the connections that were made will help regional chapters grow and enable them to continue to serve their communities. Attendees are looking forward to another networking conference in the future.
On April 22nd, Assistance League members and guests enjoyed a night of kicking up their heels while supporting our philanthropic programs.
Everyone enjoyed the beautiful Eiteljorg Museum first floor exhibits, viewing the skyline of Indianapolis through the ball room window, and line dancing the night away.
Attendees enjoyed the Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle, plus a delicious dinner. Five Star Dance Studio instructors were on hand to lead Line Dancing. All enjoyed kicking up their heels.
Brian and Jill Hall owners of Repro Graphix, Inc. received the Star Award. The award is presented to an individual, organization or business who provides sustained support over time to Assistance League.
Over $86,000 was raised that evening that included donations that were received until the end of May.
Landa Foundation: Mar and Antonio Galindez
Susie and Bill Moore
Connie and Dr. Stephen Pollom
Judy and John Tomke
Vickie and Jim Theis
Deb and Mike Myers
Patty and Ken Burow
Jill and Brian Hall
Barb and Pete Mohr
Barb and Tom Zurek
Ultimate Apparel Inc.
Special thanks to:
Joe Melillo, Emcee
Laura Hakim IPS Washington Township
Matt Moore, Five Star Dance Studios
Repro Graphix, Inc.
Be sure and save the date for 2024 Mission Possible on April 18th at Daniel’s Vineyard.
Four hundred and fifteen guests enjoyed the annual Holiday Luncheon on December 1, 2022, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
Guests enjoyed shopping at our boutiques, bidding on silent auction items, catching up with old friends while meeting new ones, all hoping to be the lucky winners of the Gift Card Wreath and or the 50/50 Raffle.
Guests had the opportunity to purchase a unique centerpiece designed by Clarie Marshall and Lynne Hurlbut with a literacy theme. Each centerpiece held a book for children from 1st – 5th grade. Attendees purchased the centerpieces and donated the book back to Assistance League for our literacy program.
After lunch, our compelling program video enlightened participants on Assistance League’s philanthropic programs. The event concluded with a fun style show featuring fashions from The Secret Ingredient modeled by our own members.
The event raised $75,250. An event like this could not be successful without the support of our amazing sponsors.
A polo match is always a great time for everyone to get together with their friends, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy an exciting event. Some bring tents and set up elaborate tables covered in light champagne and fine cheeses, while others simply sit on their tailgates and drink a refreshing, cold beer.
A great evening of polo, family, friends, and food took place on September 30th in support of Assistance League of Indianapolis and Indiana Hands and Voice. The day's activities included a 50/50 raffle, Stick Pony Races, Divot Stomp, Sponsor Tents, and the polo games.
Hickory Hall Polo Club - Est. 1992: Polo has been in the Indianapolis area for over 50 years where it was played along the White River, at Fort Benjamin Harrison, at Rancho Alegre in Zionsville, and most recently at Hickory Hall Polo Club. Hickory Hall Polo Club is the only outdoor Polo Club in the state of Indiana and is one of the top 5 largest in the United States. They pride themselves on giving back to the community with most of their matches benefiting a variety of Indiana nonprofit organizations.
The Candy Man traditionally drops candy from a plane at the Polo event, but due to weather The Candy Man passed out candy to the kids in attendance.
THE DIVOT STOMP - When the game broke at halftime, spectators marched onto the field to socialize and replace the mounds of earth (divots) that were torn up by the horses’ hooves during the game. This serves as a great time to meet new people, move around after the first half, and help keep the field safe and beautiful.
Specia thanks to all the volunteers and Donna and Greg Chandler for the use of their property.
The event raised $4,885.00.
On September 8th, Mother Nature kissed the earth to create a perfect day for golfing, which allowed our charity golf event to get off to a great start. Nearly 160 golfers showed up to participate in fun, games, networking, and most of all, raising money for our philanthropic programs.
Golfers started the day by registering and receiving an Assistance League logo backpack and JBL Hunt logo speaker. Golfers spent some time networking while enjoying a morning libation from the Ryan fire truck, along with coffee and muffins provided by Sandy Speer and Barb Hammer.
The team of Barb Mohr, Karen Snider, Carol Gambrel, Karen Marie Taylor, Sharon Gleason, Anne Kinney, and Susie Hacker were busy bees selling raffle tickets for our wonderful prizes and the 50/50 raffle. Barb Kulsrud and Linda Groogan tipsy toed their way through the Tipsy Plinko game making sure all golfers got an opportunity to play. Our Marshmallow Queen, Susie Main with the assistance of Annette Donegan and Cindy Eiteljorg, kept a keen eye on the marshmallow that flew the farthest.
Wheel of Prizes is always a big hit. Laura Ellis sorted the prizes into distinct categories so you could win big, or maybe just win a candy bar.
Susan Kwiatowski kept a sharp eye on all the money that was coming in and Risa Stockton was our “Club House Manager” making sure all was well while volunteers were on the course.
On the course the Happy Hour tents refreshed the golfers with a margarita or bloody mary created by our Assistance League “bartenders”, Cheri Gerdt, Doraine Pool, Cindee Potterack, and Tammy Hardy. This was the first year for Tito’s tent. Tito’s vodka and mixers were donated and Patty Burow, Laurel Burns, and Carol Joyce created some tasty drinks.
Another new happening on the course was the addition of the golf cannon. Cindy Eitlejorg, Cathy Weimer, Annette Donegan and Anne Kinney, may not have heard the shot around the world, but they heard the shot around the golf course.
Clarie Marshall and Kay Kinder ensured that no golfers positioned their ball so it would be closest to the pin. Lori Covert, Linda Froberg, Susan Noeller, and Barb Mitchell were anxiously awaiting a hole-in-one. Unfortunately, there were no winners. Barb Shankel and Lynne Hulburt expertly navigated the course and drove the volunteers to the destinations.
Arni’s Pizza delivered a feast, and Karen Snider, Susie Hacker, Cheri Gerdt and Cathy Weimer happily served the golfers. Meijer once again provided lunch for all volunteers and golfers and we were busy packing them early in the morning. Rosy Crowley and Kathy Wylam oversaw the day’s events.
We are so grateful to AECOM Hunt and their golf committee for all the hard work to make this event a success. We also want to thank them for selecting Assistance League for 12 years as the charity chosen to receive funds from their golf event.
On the day of the outing, the raffle, games and tips came to $6,650. The winner of the 50/50 gave half of his winnings back to Assistance League.
We are excited to announce that we raised more than $33,000!
Thank You to our Raffle Donors:
Assistance League Members
Chicken Salad Chic
Fogo de Chao
French Lick Resort
Good Morning Mama
Graeter's Ice Cream
Iozzo's Garden of Italy
Joe's Butcher Shop
Juniper on Main
Mallow Run Winery
Needler's Fresh Market
Play It Again Sports
Sun King Brewing Company
The Capital Grille
The Nest of Noblesville
The Olive Mill
Woodland Country Club
The annual Holiday Luncheon & Style Show on Thursday, December 2nd was a fabulous event and a huge success! We thank both our Luncheon guests and friends who couldn't attend for their very generous donations and frenzied bidding on silent auction items!
Guests enjoyed shopping at our boutiques, bid on silent auction items, caught up with old friends while meeting new ones and hoped to be the lucky winners of the Gift Card Wreath and 50/50 Raffle. After lunch, our compelling program video enlightened participants on Assistant’s League’s philanthropic programs. The event concluded with a fun style show as fashions from The Secret Ingredient were modeled by our own members.
An event like this could not be successful without the support of our amazing sponsors, many who have been committed to the event and our organization for many years.
Please be sure to patronize our wonderful community partners and vendors!
Each year Assistance League of Indianapolis presents the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award and the Shining Star Outstanding Member Award to individuals who have been nominated by membership and then selected from a committee.
The Ada Edwards Laughlin award is named for the co-founder of National Assistance League who remained "less visible" and filled the role of hard working, "behind the scenes" assistant to Mrs. Hancock Banning. It is in that spirit that the award is presented. This year's recipient is Janine Bercovitz.
The Shining Star Outstanding Member Award gives special recognition of one or more members each year who exemplify outstanding contributions to the chapter. This award is intended to showcase those who have given of themselves above and beyond the requirements for membership in Assistance League of Indianapolis. Recipients this year are Deb Myers, Cindee Potterack and Julie Yates.