Ideas in Motion Media and our positive news websites and social media networks, ValpoLife.com, PortageLife.com. LaPorteCountyLife.com and NWIndianaLife.com are throwing our 5th Annual GOOD LIFE AWARDS Party!
The annual event honors six awardees who go above and beyond to impact the mission of the Ideas in Motion Media good news networks 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 #GoodLife pitch element that has been added to this year’s event to help these great organizations share their stories.
In the past, non-profit organizations receiving the night’s proceeds were determined before the event took place. This year, the big decision will be made the very night of our event. #GoodLifePitch applications are available here as well as at the Good Life Awards for you to turn in that night.
Whether you are a contributor, admirer, employee, or CEO of a community organization, or have been blessed by one, we want your pitch! Tell us why an organization that you have a passion for deserves the proceeds and our team will carefully read through all of the submissions that night, choosing three outstanding pitches. Just remember, you have to attend the 2016 Good Life Awards event to enter!
*Note: This is a 21 and over event.
Who will be joining this great roster of Good Life Awards honorees? Join us that evening for the announcements which are always a surprise!
Tickets are on sale now for the event for $40 each, and be sure to save the date for this great event with proceeds benefiting three organizations that offer assistance to so many.
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.
Current sponsors for the 2016 event include: Lakeshore PAWS, Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation, Albano's Villa, Century 21 Alliance Group, Economic Development Corporation of Michigan City, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Porterfield Family Chiropractic, NIPSCO, Ozinga, Methodist Hospitals, Schultz Floral & Gifts, and Realty Executives Premier.
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).
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).
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)
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).