Dr. Sharron Liggins to receive award at Edgewater Speakeasy Gala

Recipients to receive the Commonweal Award for Personal and Professional Leadership and Commonweal Award for Institutional Leadership

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On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Ambassadors for Edgewater will host its annual Speakeasy Gala. The event will be held at the Sand Creek Country Club, Chesterton, IN from 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. For over fourteen years the Ambassadors have hosted an annual gala to help raise much needed funds.

These monies go a long way to provide the financial support to assist Edgewater to continue providing services to persons in the community experiencing behavioral health challenges, including those who need help but have no way to pay.

The funds also assist Edgewater in its marketing and outreach efforts that are aimed at removing the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.

Tickets are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 at this year’s gala, which will feature opportunities for guests to play their hand on the gaming tables and to bid in the silent auction. The evening would not be complete without flavorsome food to tantalize an individual’s taste buds.

To really enjoy an ambiance only second to an actual speakeasy experience it is recommended that guests dress Black Tie optional or according to the event’s theme, which is “The Speakeasy.”

The Mike LaBroi Band will provide music to the Speakeasy Era and other entertainment geared towards the Speakeasy Era with their 7-piece band.

Each year two Commonwealth Awards are presented, one to an individual and another an institution.

The Commonweal Award for Institutional Leadership is being presented to Ivy Tech Community College Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. The Center through its programs like The Society of Innovators celebrates and recognizes creativity and innovation throughout Northwest Indiana. This award recognizes institutional leadership in promoting the common good in communities faced with difficult and longstanding challenges.

Dr. Sharron Liggins, Ed.D, MSA, RN, is the recipient of the Commonwealth Award for Personal and Professional Leadership. Dr. Liggins as the Regional Chair of the Regional Planning Council Continuum of Care has been a true advocate and instrument in the efforts to end homelessness in Northwest Indiana. Dr. Liggins serves on numerous community boards where she puts her experience to work to the benefit of other agencies. This award recognizes longstanding contributions exhibited by individuals and individual acts of distinction, which illustrate the priority that the common good should hold over personal or parochial gain.

Over 250 business and community leaders throughout the Northwest Indiana Community, last year, attended our signature fundraising event.

This year’s major sponsors as of September 12, 2016 includes Haywood and Fleming Associates (Gold Sponsor), Indiana University Northwest (Partner Sponsor), First Midwest Bank (Partner Sponsor), Centier Bank (Partner Sponsor), Methodist Hospitals (Partner Sponsor), Hoeppner Wagner and Evans LLP (Supporting Sponsor), and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Supporting Sponsor).

For more information or to sponsor/attend the gala event, contact Janelle St. John at jstjohn@edgewatersystems.org or 219-885-4264 ext. 2604.

Edgewater Behavioral Health Systems (also known as Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living) is a 501c3 organization focused on caring for the mental health and behavioral health needs of Northwest Indiana’s most vulnerable citizens. With an accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Edgewater services are deemed to be of the highest quality, measureable and accountable. More than 3,000 men, women and children were cared for in 2015 alone.

 

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