‘The Addict’s Wake’ premieres October 2 on WTIU: The locally focused documentary covers addiction in Brown County, Ind.
An award-winning film from Glory Girl Productions delivers piercing and empathetic insight into one of the most serious health crises impacting Brown County and our nation: the opioid and meth epidemic. The Addict’s Wake premieres October 2 at 9 p.m. on WTIU Public Television.
Brown County is a charming, tight-knit community but behind the scenes it’s a community at war–battling an addiction crisis that is killing its best and brightest. Nearly every family, classroom, and workplace has experienced the devastating ripple effects of substance use disorder.
Addiction is more than a Hoosier issue, with more than 100,000 Americans dying of overdoses in 2021, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Addict’s Wake reflects Brown County’s crisis to national patterns. From the second-by-second panic of overdose to the slower deaths of despair, the ramifications of addiction run deep in America. And it is these very ramifications that the film seeks to remedy, by helping to move the barometer of stigma and encourage genuine compassion towards those trapped in the addiction cycle.
Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU), hosted its Annual Golf Outing at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, 12255 Club Point Drive, Fishers, IN, on Monday, July 17, 2023. 118 golfers attended the sold out event which raised $32,000 to benefit the Indiana Members Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the lives of those within the communities they serve by supporting charitable activities focused on human services, health and education.
Highlights of the day included a complimentary breakfast and a recognition dinner. Depreciation Protection and ICA, INC. served as the Title Sponsors of the event.
Mandy Emery, vice president of community involvement for IMCU and executive director of Indiana Members Foundation said, “Thank you to all who donated, volunteered or took time out of their busy day to participate in our charity golf outing! The Hawthorns went above and beyond to insure that we all had a great time! The generosity and support of our sponsors, co-workers and friends helped us raise $32,000 to continue our grant, scholarship and community outreach programs in the communities we serve!”
The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for coworking and entrepreneurship, today announced the dates for Innovation Week (iWeek) 2023, a slate of free events on technology and innovation that runs from October 3 through October 6.
“It’s been five years since The Mill first opened our doors,” said Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill. “We’ve got a great birthday celebration planned, along with a ceremonial groundbreaking of the tech center, and many more events from partners and friends. For anyone interested in innovation, technology, or entrepreneurship, iWeek is a great way to learn what’s happening locally, connect with community, and get inspired.”
The Mill will host events all week in partnership with gBETA, the STARTedUP Foundation, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), the Indiana University Innovation & Commercialization Office (ICO), the Uplands LEAN Network, and the City of Bloomington.
The next issue of Bloom hits the streets on October 3 with a photo feature by two of the area’s best photographers—who captured the excitement of Friday Night Football in Monroe County by visiting games at Edgewood, Bloomington North, and Bloomington South at the beginning of their seasons. The cover story revisits Bloomington’s world-class Stone Age Institute, which is celebrating its 20th year of studying human origins through Palaeolithic archaeology around the globe.
Senior living management company CarDon & Associates is proud to announce that Sandra McGow, director of community engagement at CarDon’s Bloomington community, Bell Trace, was recently recognized as a recipient of the 4 Under 40 Award for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce’s 108th Annual Meeting & Community Awards.
The awards ceremony took place on Thursday, September 7 at the Monroe Convention Center. The 4 Under 40 Awards recognized “young professionals that make a significant impact within their organization through their leadership and work ethic, while also giving back to the community through civic involvement.”
“We were thrilled with Sandra’s much-deserved recognition for her generosity and commitment to the community,” said Kent Rodgers, president and CEO of CarDon. “Her values align with CarDon’s in the way she cares for seniors and locals well beyond the walls of Bell Trace.”
Among other endeavors, McGow contributes to the Greater Bloomington Chamber’s Ambassador Development Committee as well as the city’s Commission on Aging, along with serving as an Executive Leadership Chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Earlier this year, she won a Business Networking International (BNI) Notable Networker Award, which was given to the top 10 achievers out of 180 members in the south-central region of BNI. The achievement is based in the areas of referrals given, continuing education and building relationships.
For more information about the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce’s 108th Annual Meeting & Community Awards, click here.
Middle Way House and the City of Bloomington are thrilled to announce their upcoming event, the Wrapped in Love Kickoff Celebration, honoring the organization’s 12th annual tree sweater public art display. Join Middle Way House on Thursday, October 12th, at 5:30 PM at the Switchyard Park Pavilion. Come as you are and enjoy dinner, drinks, and a dessert auction. Tickets are available for purchase at https://givebutter.com/wrappedinlovekickoff.
Since 2012, Middle Way House’s Wrapped in Love tree sweaters have been prominently displayed on trees in the heart of Bloomington from October 1st through the end of the year to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. This year, the City of Bloomington is formally partnering with Middle Way House to help spread awareness of abuse and connect Bloomington residents with critical support resources.
Middle Way House is accepting both sponsors and fiber artists to contribute to the display. Fiber artists of all levels can contribute knitted squares to create the display’s beautiful tree sweaters in a community effort. Sponsorships are available at multiple levels; demonstrate your commitment to ending violence by becoming a sponsor today. Individuals interested in fiber artist and/or sponsorship opportunities can reach out to Middle Way House’s Development Director, Maria Douglas, at email@example.com.
The 39th Annual Community Book Fair, a benefit for Hoosier Hills Food Bank, will take place October 12th through 17th at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. This year’s book fair will fill two buildings with over 100,000 books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, games, puzzles and other items at affordable prices to support the food bank’s work. There will be a large selection of children’s books and collectible “Better Books,” which will also include a selection of vintage vinyl LPs.
The Book Fair will feature more than twice the usual number of music CDs, food trucks, Chocolate Moose ice cream for purchase, Veteran’s services information, limited free t-shirts on Friday the 13th, and a Curious George Day partnership with Constellation Stage & Screen to promote their community access tickets program and October/November show, “Curious George: The Golden Meatball.”
Two Area United Ways Join Forces, Kick Off Fall Fund Drive: United Way of Monroe County and United Way of South Central Indiana announce merger, keeping the name United Way of South Central Indiana.
United Way of Monroe County and United Way of South Central Indiana announce exciting news today that these two organizations have united as one, joining forces to combine their unique abilities, partnerships, and histories to bring new opportunities to the region. Merging creates operational efficiencies, ensuring greater impact while maintaining a strong local presence within each distinct community that makes up the south central region.
After several months of discussion, the two organizations are officially operating as United Way of South Central Indiana and will create impact in Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Monroe, Orange, and Owen counties. The organization will retain offices in Bloomington at 431 S. College Avenue and an office within the Stonegate Arts & Education building in Bedford at 931 15th St.
The newly broadened organization launched its 2023 giving season at the Blue Jean Ball on September 21, celebrating the expanded United Way of South Central Indiana service area. Those wishing to donate or get involved are encouraged to visit www.unitedwaysci.org.
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