The 5th Annual Good Life Awards, a fundraising celebration of good people in Northwest Indiana who have helped the LIFE mission grow, is taking place on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST at the Blue Chip Casino.
The annual event honors six awardees who go above and beyond to impact the mission of the Ideas in Motion Media good news networks - ValpoLife.com, PortageLife.com, LaPorteCountyLife.com and NWIndianaLife.com - in a positive and meaningful manner. Each winner is honored with a custom solid-steel Good Life Award trophy, designed and crafted by Industrial Revolution owner Mike Leeson.
Proceeds from this year's event will be awarded to three outstanding nonprofits via a completely unique #GoodLifePitch element that has been added to this year’s event to help many great organizations share their stories.
"This is my favorite night of the year, honoring the people who have made a significant impact on our mission of spreading positive news throughout Northwest Indiana," said Chris Mahlmann, Founder and Publisher of Ideas in Motion Media. "We can't do what we do without the help of all the people and the communities that we serve, and this night gives our company the chance to honor some of our strongest."
For the second year in a row, the event will be held at the Blue Chip Casino, though this year will be moved to the Orleans Ballroom to double the capacity for what has been a sell out event.
Previous beneficiaries include United Way of La Porte County, United Way of Porter County, Lake Area United Way, the Porter County Career and Technical Center, Portage Township YMCA, A Positive Approach to Teen Health, La Porte County YMCA and the Valpo Schools Foundation.
Tickets are on sale now for the event for $40 each, so be sure to save the date for this great event with proceeds benefiting three great organizations and the chance for so many to be highlighted.
4th Annual Good Life Awards:
Story | Photos | Fundraiser Recipients: United Way of La Porte County, United Way of Porter County, Lake Area United Way Winners: Jenny Craig-Brown (Executive Team Leader at Ideas in Motion Media), Celina Weatherwax (Congressman Pete Visclosky), Heather Ennis (NWI Forum), Jack Hines (Hines Plumbing), Cindy Berchem (La Porte County Family YMCA), Paul Schreiner (Project Neighbors).
3rd Annual Good Life Awards:
Story | Photos | Fundraiser Recipients: Positive Approach to Teen Health, La Porte County YMCA Winners: Brett Fuller (Managing Editor at Ideas in Motion Media), Dave Kasarda (La Porte County YMCA), Darlene Cohn (owner of D. Cohn Communications), Dave Sisk (United Way of La Porte County), Bert Cook (executive director of the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation), Loretta Finnegan (mother to Chris Mahlmann).
2nd Annual Good Life Awards:
Story | Photos | Fundraiser Recipients: Portage Township YMCA, United Way of La Porte County Winners: Blair Milo (Mayor of La Porte), Donna Flanagin (owner of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service), Nancy Simpson (Portage Township YMCA Marketing and Fund Development Director), Mary Koselke (owner of Blackbird Cafe), Tom Steindler (owner of Steindler Signs), Dr. Tom Cavanaugh Jr. (former owner of Cavanaugh Orthodontics, father-in-law)
The 1st Annual Good Life Awards:
Story | Photos | Fundraiser Recipients: Valpo Schools Foundation, Porter County Career & Technical Center Winners: Jon Groth (Porter County Career & Technical Center), Olga Velazquez (former Mayor of Portage), Jonathan Nalli (former CEO of Porter Health Care), Ivan Bodensteiner (IIMM landlord, Valparaiso University Law Professor), Cathy Brown (owner of Valpo Velvet Ice Cream), Natalie Mahlmann (IIMM Accountant, Powerhouse behind the idea).
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