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Business Spotlight: Christine Kingery Events

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing When Christine Kingery attended IUPUI, she studied in the tourism, conventions and event management program. Internships provided excellent experience. For instance, she coordinated the 2008 500 Festival Parade. While interning at the Indiana State Museum, she also got a taste of wedding coordination and learned just how much she enjoyed helping brides create magical memories. Several years ago, Kingery landed a job at a local law firm as a human resources coordinator planning special events. One day a secretary at the firm asked Kingery to coordinate her daughter’s wedding. Kingery eagerly jumped on board. “My job ...

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20 Years of Exceptional Service

Avon Town Council grateful for Clerk Treasurer Sharon Howell Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Twenty years ago, Sharon Howell began working as the Clerk Treasurer for the Town of Avon, managing the town’s budget. Over the past two decades, the budget has grown substantially — from $1.7 million to more than $25 million. Howell, a Certified Municipal Clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, received the Financial Management Award from the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. “Sharon is an asset to the Town of Avon in many ways,” says Aaron Tevebaugh, President of the Avon Town Council. “Her dedication ...

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Take a Bow

Avon’s Theatre Program Builds Character, Confidence & Creativity in Local Students Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing When my son came home from school last year and told me he was planning to try out for the school play, I was so happy. I knew that the experience would not only be fun, but it also had the potential to shape him in a multitude of positive ways. First off, numerous studies show that students are more successful academically when they are involved in some form of art education. Second, creativity, problem-solving, self-confidence and social skills tend to improve in drama students. ...

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Stock the Pantry

Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition Enhances Collaborative Efforts of the County Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing The Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition (HCFPC), established in 2006, is a non-profit based organization that works under and through the Hendricks County Community Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organization. Created to enhance the collaborative efforts of Hendricks County food pantries, the HCFPC helps meet basic nutritional needs of residents and provides training and education to the affiliated pantries by working through its members and other support agencies. Brandon Morphew, President of the HCFPC and Director of ALTHM Compassion Ministries, notes that the coalition doesn’t run ...

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Fostering Love and Care

The Children’s Bureau’s Foster Parent Program Helps Children Feel Accepted Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing There was a time years ago when foster parents were advised not to attach to the children they fostered because the attachment followed by separation was presumed to be detrimental to the child. Now research shows the opposite to be true. “What’s most important for kids is to have at least one caring adult in their life, and sometimes that’s their foster parent who is there for a period of time,” says Brooke Clawson, Vice President of Adoption & Foster Care at the Children’s Bureau in ...

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Swinging For History

Zionsville Girls Golf Wins First-Ever State Championship Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photos provided by ZHS Girls Golf Last year the Zionsville girls’ golf team advanced to the state finals where they placed fourth. Though that was an impressive accomplishment, this year they set their sights higher and grabbed the trophy, having won the IHSAA Girls Golf State Championship. It is the first state championship for girls golf in the school’s history. “When they walked off the podium last year in fourth place, I think it clicked in their heads just how good they could be, and they were determined to ...

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Keep It Local

Noblesville’s Small Business Saturday Initiative Unites the Community Writer/ Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Small Business Saturday, a national initiative created through American Express, was launched seven years ago as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage holiday shoppers to give their business to local brick and mortar merchants. In Noblesville, Small Business Saturday is hosted by Noblesville Main Street, a stand-alone 501c3 whose focus is to provide positive community experiences by connecting members of the community in organic ways. “We’re here for the good of downtown. We’re advocates for downtown,” says Chris Owens, CEO of ...

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Hello Gorgeous

The Beauty Bar Opens Carmel location, partners with non-profit to pamper cancer patients and survivors Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer/ Amy Payne For seven years, Erin Hunt lived in south Florida where she ran an accounting and marketing business. To unwind, she frequented specialty spas and salons that served alcohol while providing various services. When Hunt and her husband moved to Indiana after having their first baby, she was eager to have a girls’ day out with friends. “We went out for manis and pedis and I asked, ‘Can we have wine?’” recalls Hunt, who considered sneaking it in in ...

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Open Arms

How One Avon Couple Built Family Through Faith and Adoption Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Brad and Christee Deardorff were driving down Dan Jones when suddenly Brad told his wife, “I think God wants us to adopt.” They had been married for six years and were eager to start a family. They struggled with infertility for several years. Through much prayer, they decided not to pursue fertility treatments. “You’ll have a 15 percent chance of conceiving,” she was told. “I didn’t like those odds,” says Christee, a nutrition services employee with the Brownsburg school system. “I wanted a 100 percent chance ...

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Double the Trouble, Twice the Luck

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing We’ve all had bad days, but Carmel resident Gerald Miller may well take the prize for the worst one yet. In fact, all his trouble happened in the span of just a few short hours back in October 1982. Miller, 30 years old at the time, was on active duty in the Navy, stationed as a pharmacist on board the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. The aircraft carrier was undergoing refitting in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, when he made plans to go visit a friend in Norfolk. He hopped in his Chevy Vega and ...

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