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News Release – Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase – Thursday, April 19, 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 16, 2018

For further information, contact:
Andrew Takami • atakami@purdue.edu • 812.590.9185 (office) • 812.207.6666 (cell)
Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University

Purdue Announces Local BoilerMAKER Showcase

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is hosting the community for Purdue’s annual BoilerMAKER Showcase, an event – targeted to the community – that showcases student innovative projects. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM, in New Albany, at the Purdue Technology Center’s Shine Family Conference Room.

“The BoilerMAKER Showcase is an opportunity for Polytechnic students to show off their hard work on projects from the last year,” said Joseph Dues, Jr., associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue in New Albany. “Our classes include real projects from local industry and this is a chance to see the results of those partnerships in the form of prototypes, media and other solutions.”

Through conference style posters and demonstrations of individual and team-based projects, Purdue students will share their projects with the community.

“People ask all of the time what ‘Polytechnic’ means,” said Andrew Takami, director of Purdue in New Albany. “It’s our broad-based approach, using many technologies, to solve real-world problems through innovative solutions,” he said. “The Showcase is very much a mini maker faire.”

In conjunction with Purdue, the event is sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation.

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany is one of nine locations in Indiana that offer the College’s degree programs across the state, through West Lafayette. More than 250 students are enrolled in the Greater Louisville Region – on the New Albany campus – in one of eight bachelor degree programs.

Visit www.polytechnic.purdue.edu/new-albany to learn more about Purdue Polytechnic New Albany, Purdue University.

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Press Release | New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

New Albany Underground Railroad Site Wins Restoration Prize

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Landmarks announced Second Baptist Church in New Albany as the winner of the 2018 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, will present the award at its annual Rescue Party on April 28 in Indianapolis.

“Second Baptist Church matters to people far beyond its small congregation because of the building’s role in the Underground Railroad and the example it represents for us in the present,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. The restoration was a community-wide initiative spearheaded by the Friends of Town Clock Church, the name most people in New Albany use for the building at 300 East Main Street.

Indiana Landmarks has presented the Cook Cup since 2007, when it created the award to honor Bloomington’s Cook family for their restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The Cook Cup recognizes the owner of a significant historic structure that has been transformed through a restoration that meets the highest standards in method, materials and design. The judges also take into consideration the importance of the structure, its condition at the outset, and the project’s community impact.

Five years ago, as Second Baptist prepared to celebrate a milestone anniversary, its 1852 building faced costly challenges—a leaking roof, broken clock, peeling paint, and disintegrating stained-glass windows. The landmark was nearing condemnation, a burden that consumed the small congregation.

“Right about when the situation looked darkest, Jerry Finn and Irv Stumler showed up in my office and offered to help us restore the church,” says Rev. LeRoy Marshall, the pastor. Finn, the executive director of the Horseshoe Foundation, and Stumler, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined others in creating the nonprofit Friends of Town Clock Church. Finn was the primary fundraiser and Stumler acted as the volunteer construction manager.

The group initially intended to fix the roof and clock tower and repaint the trim, according to Alice Miles, who chairs the friends group. “There was so much support for this project, in both money and in-kind donations, that we expanded the scope. We repaired the stained-glass windows, re-created the original main doors and exterior lanterns, ” she said.

Success and commitment inspired the Friends’ board to dream even bigger. They raised $175,000 to re-create the steeple, lost to a lightning strike in 1915. “No one thought we could do it,” says Finn. A grant from the city helped make the steeple re-creation possible.

“No one alive had seen that steeple. I never in a thousand years thought I’d see the steeple back, and I’m an optimist,” notes Floyd County Historian and City Council Member David Barksdale. Padgett Construction donated the cranes and the labor to reinforce the tower and roof with steel to meet the building and seismic codes the steeple required.

Contributions ranged from $5 to $96,000, along with in-kind donations of labor and materials. The clock tells the time and the bell chimes the hour for the first time in four decades.

Second Presbyterian Church, an integrated but predominantly white congregation, built the church from 1849 to 1852. The evangelical congregation was moved by Christian benevolence to minister to African Americans who lived in the city as well as those escaping slavery in the south. Helping slaves escape to freedom was a dangerous business. While Indiana was a free state, in New Albany the city’s major industries depended on trade with the south and pro-slavery forces dominated, according to Underground Railroad historian Pam Peters.

“The church’s 150-foot steeple, visible across the Ohio River in Louisville, acted as a beacon to African Americans fleeing bondage, steering them to a place where they could get medical care and assistance in traveling farther north to safety,” notes Peters, a New Albany resident. In 2017, the church’s designation as a national Network to Freedom site confirmed its role in the Underground Railroad.

The Presbyterians sold the building in 1889 to Second Baptist Church, an African American congregation well aware of the building’s history as a haven. Although the lightning strike destroyed the steeple, it left the clock, which led people to call it the Town Clock Church. The name suggests the sense of community ownership and attachment to the site.

People spent all day camped out to watch when the steeple was hoisted in place in 2016, with many teary-eyed at the meaning and scale of the accomplishment. From many vantage points, including coming across the Sherman Minton Bridge from Kentucky—the steeple stands out. “The brass ball at the top glows like the halo on an angel. It shows there is a God,” says Church Treasurer Monica Sutton.

Although exterior restoration was the initial goal, the Friends of Town Clock Church expanded the scope again when they moved inside, repairing plaster, recapturing the original interior paint scheme and stenciling, restoring the original gasoliers, and refurbishing the lower-level fellowship hall where the congregation worships on most Sundays to conserve energy.

The congregation opens the sanctuary for community events, tours, and special seasonal services. Every third grader in Floyd County schools comes to tour the church and hear about the Underground Railroad. “Churches can get insular, and the restoration has opened Second Baptist up and made us more inclusive and community-minded,” says Rev. Marshall. “Our own congregation has given more, and taken more ownership. The restoration infused us—the church and the community—with enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”

“You can do more ministry when you’re not worried sick about how to patch the roof. Through Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places program, Second Baptist is in touch with other churches who share similar ambitions, and we’re getting invaluable training in fundraising and community engagement. We’re formulating a five-year plan—spiritual, financial, programmatic—and it includes construction of a terraced Underground Railroad Garden in our back yard with a gazebo fashioned from the roof of the old clock tower. It’s another place we can engage the community,” Rev. Marshall adds.

Five years ago, there was so much work to do, and complete restoration seemed out of the question. But the Friends of Town Clock Church raised $725,000 to date for the restoration, as well as the  creation of a maintenance endowment housed at the community foundation.

People contributed because the place provides a daily visual reminder of the right way to behave when confronted by injustice and pain, even when helping might be dangerous. “Looking to the future when we may need to take a stand, the Town Clock Church is a living lesson for our community,” says Finn.

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Media contacts:
Tina Connor, Indiana Landmarks Executive Vice President, 317-822-7903, cell 317-946-3127 tconnor@indianalandmarks.org
Jen Thomas, jen@jtprinc.com, 317-441-2487
Rev. LeRoy Marshall, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, 502-428-7517, marshalll9@twc.com
Jerry Finn, Executive Director, Horseshoe Foundation, 812-948-6014, jfinn@horseshoefoundation.org

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Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit www.indianalandmarks.org.

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Press Release | Celebrate Mom All Month Long at French Lick Resort

For Immediate Release
March 7, 2018

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A “Mom”entous Month of May at French Lick Resort

FRENCH LICK, IN (March 7, 2018) – As influential and invaluable as moms are, they deserve more than just their 24 hours in the sun on Mother’s Day. That’s why French Lick Resort is extending the celebration to 31 days of love that will span the entire month.

“Celebrate Mom All Month Long” will treat mothers and their families to special programming throughout the month of May and all across the resort. Whether mom’s idea of fun is a day on the links, a night at the casino, putting paintbrush to canvas or unwinding with a good glass of wine, there is something to make every mom’s month special.

The centerpiece of the month for moms is Mother’s Day weekend, with a Sunday brunch on May 13 as well as a Mother’s Day package including overnight accommodations at West Baden Springs Hotel, brunch for two and flowers delivered to her room. Mothers can also take advantage of a complimentary round of golf from Friday, May 11, through Monday, May 14, at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick where moms can play free with a paying guest.

Moms enjoying crafty ventures will also want to partake in a brand-new event being offered at French Lick Resort for the first time. Cheers to Pallet Painting, set for Monday, May 7 (6pm), allow the chance to relax, sip and paint in an instructed class yielding a decorative creation to take home as well.

With spring in full gear, French Lick Resort will be buzzing in May with a wide range of events and activities that moms could indulge in. Here is the rundown on some of them:

Afternoon Tea • Every Saturday, 2-4pm; May 12 Afternoon Tea in Sinclair’s Restaurant

The West Baden Springs Hotel atrium is the ideal setting for a proper afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and petit fours served alongside a selection of gourmet teas.

Wine Pairings • Friday, May 4 • 8 pm

Experience wine tasting with American and European wine presentations by the house wine expert at West Baden Springs Hotel. Wines are paired with a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

Mother’s Day Brunch • Sunday, May 13 • 10am-3pm

Treat mom to a meal with everything. The Mother’s Day Brunch in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium features everything from comfort food to seafood plus omelet and waffle stations, carved meats, a variety of entrees, a children’s menu and a wonderland of desserts.

Mixology Class • Sundays, May 6 & 20 • 5pm

Get a spirited education behind the evolution of the cocktail. Our West Baden mixologist will provide demos and samples of drinks served alongside hors d’oeuvres.

Wine and Canvas • Saturday, May 12 • 5:30pm

Raise a glass and raise a paintbrush as two relaxing pastimes come together in a memorable afternoon at West Baden Springs Hotel. Participants will have a one-of-a-kind creation to take home from this instructed class.

Pour a Glass, Paint a Glass • Tuesday, May 22 • 6pm

Pop the cork on your artistic side and learn basic tricks and tips for painting wine glasses. Have a glass with us, then have your own customized glass to take with you.

Wine and Dessert Soirée • Friday, May 25 • 8pm

Indulge in house-made desserts paired with wine varietals from around the world.

French Lick Family Classic 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1 Mile Mini • Saturday, May 19; kids’ race at 8:15 am and 5K race at 9:30am

Race in for our annual 5K and kids’ race, which will feature other family-friendly activities like a bounce house, Pop-a-Shot, art station and crazy hair station.

French Lick Resort also features hotel packages that are ideal for treating mom to a full experience:

Mother’s Day Package: This makes Mother’s Day a breeze for everybody. Treat her to an overnight stay in the Old World elegance of West Baden Springs Hotel, and a special Mother’s Day brunch for two in the atrium. Flowers for mom delivered to your room are the cherry on top of this weekend.

SpaCation Package: Experience the ultimate in relaxation with a SpaCation at either of our two world-class spas. Reserve overnight accommodations and receive $200 in spa credit for any special treatment of your choice.

Girlfriends’ Getaway Package: The ultimate rest-and-reboot sabbatical. Includes an overnight stay, bottle of Champagne and chocolates for your group to share. Start the day off right with a $100 breakfast credit, and plan a girls’ day out at one of our world-class spas with a $400 spa credit.

The gift of choice is always a perfect option for mom, and French Lick Resort gift cards can be redeemed at a range of resort venues such as restaurants, retail shops, spas and golf courses. Gift cards never expire and can be customized in amount.

To learn more about gift cards, hotel packages and the other mom-centered activity across French Lick Resort coming up in May, check out our website.

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About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 165,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Contact:
Dyan Duncan
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort
812-936-5926
dduncan@frenchlick.com

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort
812-936-5861
thiggs@frenchlick.com

Thank you,
ELLE HUMBERT
MARKETING COORDINATOR

French Lick Resort
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432
p 812 936 5544
frenchlick.com

Pictured from left to right: Mandi Elkins Hutchins as Tanya, Jillian Prefach as Donna, and Elizabeth Loos as Rosie.

Press Release | Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!

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Clarksville, Indiana                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“MAMMA MIA!”

Derby Dinner Playhouse will present the smash hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA!, opening February 21 and running through April 8, 2018. For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit derbydinner.com.

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — a dream that includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, MAMMA MIA! is a worldwide sensation that has audiences everywhere dancing.

MAMMA MIA!, with a book by Catherine Johnson and music and lyrics from Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is a musical based around the music from the band, ABBA, of which Andersson and Ulvaeus were both members. Active between 1972 and 1982, the Swedish pop/dance group is one of the most popular international groups of all time. Memorable songs included in MAMMA MIA! are “Dancing Queen”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and many more.

MAMMA MIA! is under the direction of Lee Buckholz with choreography by Heather Paige Folsom and Musical Direction by Scott Bradley. The cast will include Jillian Prefach, Kayla Eilers, Mandi Elkins Hutchins, Elizabeth Loos, Matthew Brennan, Bobby Conte, and more.

This enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship features explosive dance numbers and a trip down the aisle you won’t soon forget!