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Rajeev Ram: Carmel’s Two-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion on His Journey to Success In this month’s cover story we meet Rajeev Ram, a Carmel High School Greyhound Hall of Famer and IHSAA state champ that recently added his second tennis Grand Slam championship when he, along with his British partner Joe Salisbury, won the Men’s Doubles at the Australian Open. Despite his success, Ram continues to maintain his midwestern roots and gives back to the community. Ram created a non-profit, EntouRaj, that promotes the development of young tennis players by funding high school teams as well as programs that teach young players what it takes to have a winning attitude in tennis and in life. It also brings professional tennis players to the Indianapolis area for exhibition matches so that tennis fans from all over the Midwest can see top-notch tennis up close. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Submitted

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No Need to Leave Hamilton County for Good Eats Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Are you a self-proclaimed “foodie” who enjoys a healthy night life but doesn’t always feel motivated to traverse out of the county to downtown Indianapolis? Anymore, one doesn’t have to. You can even experience some of your favorite dishes and cocktails from a few of your favorite Indy haunts as well as some brand-new options from out of state —right here in Hamilton County!

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he Fishers District is an 18acre master-planned mixeduse development that blends dining, retail, entertainment and residential living all in one exciting location between IKEA and Top Golf. Established Carmel-based businesses such as Sun King, Pet People and Peace Water Winery have expanded into the Fishers District, as have Indianapolis favorites: 1933 Lounge, Tavern & Kitchen, Kincaid’s Meat Market and Sangiovese Ristorante. We decided to take a peek at a few of these establishments and get a feel for why the owners decided to expand their empires in Hamilton County—specifically at The Yard at Fishers District.

Hamilton County “Gets It” First, we checked in with Mo Merhoff, president at OneZone, to learn why a development such as The Yard at Fishers District is a strong indicator that Hamilton County is not just a popular place to live and to work but is quickly becoming the place to play as opposed to neighboring counties.

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“It used to always be about what kind of incentives or tax relief businesses [looking to relocate or expand into another market] would get,” Merhoff said. “That has changed to ‘Where are my employees going to live and what educational and recreational opportunities are available?’ Are there places for employees to ride bikes and are there walkable areas? There has been a shift in what economic development means, and clearly, Hamilton County has been paying very strong attention to that.” Merhoff expressed that even as few as five years ago, people couldn’t experience the variety of businesses and restaurants in Hamilton County that they can today. “I think it’s a visionary change and

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Hamilton County gets it,” Merhoff said. “I think [Hamilton County] businesses realize that all boats rise when you have competition. There is a sense of camaraderie in the restaurant group, for instance. They want everybody to succeed, and they also recognize that if people are coming to their place and it’s jammed full of people, people can walk up the street to another location and are more likely to come back another time. If I drive or walk out of my way to go someplace and they’re full and there’s nowhere else for me to go in the immediate area, how likely am I to come back?”

Why Hamilton County and Why Now? As mentioned, we spoke with a few of these more established restaurants that have respected and reputable histories in Carmel, Indianapolis and even Ohio to better understand why they decided to expand their brands in Hamilton County as opposed to any of the neighboring counties.

The 1933 Lounge by St. Elmo and the HC Tavern + Kitchen Loyal patrons of St. Elmo’s and Harry & Izzy’s Indianapolis locations will find the same level of quality service along with classic entrees, appetizers, cocktails and more at its Fishers locations. “We recognized an opportunity to present a sophisticated, adult lounge and restaurant in eastern Hamilton County,” Craig Huse, president and co-owner at Huse Culinary, Inc., said. “The Fishers District, developed by Thompson Thrift, was a perfect fit in terms of location and tenant mix, allowing us to serve the dining and entertaining needs of Carmel and Fishers residents and businesses. There are plenty of family-friendly dining options, but every now and then, an adult getaway is needed in your own town (I have 13-year-old twins—I get it!).” Huse continued, “The 1933 is a restaurant-forward lounge. The lunch and dinner menus include classic St. Elmo entrees, shareable and customizable platters, an expanded appetizer list and

even few sushi dishes. Our curated whiskey selections and expansive cocktail, wine and beer lists will keep guests smiling and happy. We worked closely with Loree O. Everette and her team at Phanomen Design, and I’m very pleased with how the atmosphere represents our St. Elmo brand and the celebration of Prohibition’s repeal.” The HC Tavern + Kitchen opened on February 17 and is, as Huse affectionately describes it, “Harry & Izzy’s 2.0—a classic American grill with all-new menu items and similarly balancing approachable comfort in an upscale, sexy atmosphere.”

Sangiovese Ristorante Patrons of Sangiovese Ristorante at Ironworks can expect a 180-degree change in decor but the same attention to detail and service at its location at Fishers District. Chris Evans, CEO at Sangiovese Ristorante, explained, “A lot of our regulars live in Hamilton County, so we’re really excited about re-creating what we do at Ironworks in Hamilton County. You’ll get the same product and the same great glass of wine, but you’ll have a completely different experience just because of the decor. The new location is much lighter and brighter in color. We’ve got some fun hand-painted murals—one in our private room that is really spectacular. I’ve got a whole wall in my bar area that’s lined with antique mirrors. I did a really rich lighting package that is mixed with modern and almost medieval-looking light fixtures. We used a lot of raw and rich elements throughout the decor.” When asked why he chose the Fishers District specifically, Evans said, “To have all the other great local restaurants, the hotel and the apartments there, is an absolute win-win for a restaurateur. Huse is one of the best in Indianapolis, so to be next to them is a great thing. I’m next to Beer Kitchen [101] and Rize with the Cunningham Restaurant Group—and they’re not all chains, which is something Hamilton County has needed for a long time.”

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Welcome to Hamilton County, Indiana, Beer Kitchen 101 The new kids to The Yard, Thad and Jessica Kittrell, owners at 101 Beer Kitchen, have opened their first Indiana location at the Fishers District and have another location slated to open in Carmel, Indiana, at the Proscenium at a later date. The Kittrells opened their first 101 Beer Kitchen in Dublin, Ohio, in 2012. Thad is a New England Culinary Institute-trained chef and Jessica is a finance professional. “We’re from the Midwest. I’m from Toledo, Ohio, and my husband is from Indiana, so there’s the Indiana connection,” Kittrell shared. “We opened our first location seven years ago in Dublin, Ohio, and we pride ourselves in having a variety, but for us it’s about the enjoyment of food and beverage, and we’re all about the ‘and.’ Our concept is a community gathering place for the ‘foodie’ generation, empty-nesters who want to enjoy a ‘date’ night and for families who want to enjoy a high-quality beverage from our juried beverage program that offers a carefully juried draft and bottle list as well as fantastic seasonal cocktails, as well as a variety of food options. We’re all about creating an experience with your meal.” When looking for their first out-ofstate location, Kittrell said that Fishers and Carmel “fit the bill.” “We were very intentional about the type of location for our first out-of-state [restaurant],” Kittrell stated. “[The Fishers District] fits our concept beautifully,” Kittrell stated. “We’re really excited about the area and everything that is going on out there. It’s amazing—the growth and variety of businesses out in Hamilton County. It really is fantastic.” For a complete and up-to-date directory of all of the businesses now open at The Yard at Fishers District, visit fishersdistrict.com.

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“We offer mesenchymal stem cell therapy, Dr. Peachee said. “With the combination of laser therapy, mesenchymal stem cell therapy is incredibly effective for rotator cuff problems and treating knee pain. Eighty percent of our stem patients are dealing with knee pain or Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis-or O.A. of the knee- is a huge problem for a lot of people, and we get great results from these therapies. Most people can even avoid knee surgery.

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Dr. Peachee recently introduced hormone treatments for low testosterone. Family Nurse Practitioner Leann Emery has been doing [hormone] treatments for 20 years, and that area of medicine became a natural fit for IRMI. Dr. Peachee explained that low T treatments help patients with unique and even complicated cases of Erectile Dysfunction (E.D.). Most people seek us out for treatment because they are tired, worn out, stressed out and just simply lack the energy they used to have. “We focus on injectable [low T] treatments because we can modify the dosage and give more frequent doses to keep our patients at a level that’s going to give them the maximum benefit and improvement for their conditions,” Dr. Peachee explained.

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re you looking for a health care provider who offers innovative alternatives and a customized approach to your health issues? Indiana Regenerative Medicine Institute (IRMI) believes in offering specialized alternatives to health care. Its medical team, headed by Doctor of Chiropractic Preston Peachee, utilizes the latest developments in regenerative medicine, hormone replacement and pain management.

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Dr. Peachee is a native of Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic and has been in practice since 2003. His areas of specialty include patients with chronic and severe back, neck and joint pain as well as other complex neurological conditions. Dr. Peachee has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker as well as a compassionate practitioner who brings his wide expertise and experience to the Greater Indianapolis area. A key member of the IRMI team is Leann Emery, FNP. Emery is a family nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in hormone replacement and alternative pain management.

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allows us to do some amazing things,” Dr. Peachee stated.

ADVOCATING FOR THEIR PATIENTS WITH INSURANCE PROVIDERS

One of the other major differentiators that sets Indiana Regenerative Medicine Institute apart from other offices and clinics is that they are advocates for their patients, especially when it comes to dealing with their patients’ insurance providers. “Not every insurance plan will cover this type of care, but a lot of them will. I have spent a lot of free time writing letters on behalf of our patients. We go above and beyond with our service and care of our patients.” Dr. Peachee emphasized.

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The Indiana Regenerative Medicine Institute team will make house calls or come to a patient’s place of work when the situation calls for that level of care.

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“I would say to anybody if you have any doubts or reservations to take some of the burden and some of the anxiety out of the equation and schedule an initial consultation—absolutely free of charge,” Dr. Peachee encouraged. Visit Indiana Regenerative Medicine Institute’s website at indianaregen.com or call (317) 653-4503 for more information.

Laser therapy allows Dr. Peachee to work on the damaged tissue so that it can heal, and the method reduces inflammation and swelling in a way that traditional treatments cannot. “It’s an innovative new therapy within the last decade that

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According to IRMI, “Regenerative medicine is making huge leaps in our understanding of the human body, and it is offering real, possible treatments that would have seemed like science fiction a few short years ago.”

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Husain and his executive producers, Amy Pauszek and Lisa Hall, are collaborating with law enforcement, the school system, faith-based initiatives, courts and area treatment facilities in order to obtain crucial interviews and accurate data to support the authenticity of this documentary. Husain, Pauszek and Hall were generous to share what motivated each of them to embark on an arduous and often heartbreaking journey to create this film.

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“The Addict’s Wake” Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Ryan Blass and Artwork by Patrick Atkinson

In an effort to help eradicate the stigma associated with addiction and the addiction awareness effort, Zionsville Monthly sat down with the team behind the production of a new documentary, “The Addict’s Wake,” to discuss not only the film’s purpose but to take an honest look at some of the lives profoundly affected by addiction. It is the hope of the film’s director, producers and creative team that “The Addict’s Wake” will shine a light on the nation’s number one public health crisis and the devastating “ripple effect” that addiction has on families and communities.

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ionsville resident Michael Husain is the film’s director and is an Emmy Award-winning documentary director, writer and producer. Husain is known for his help in launching the A&E documentary series “American Justice” and has created hundreds of hours of documentaries for The History Channel, HGTV, TLC, The Discovery Channel, PBS, A&E and ESPN. Husain has been awarded a Crystal Heart at the Heartland Film Festival for his independent film “The Innocent,” which was also awarded the Jury Prize for “Best non-fiction film” at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

The Film’s Premise Under the picturesque rolling hills, the beautiful state parks and the unique charm of the tourist shops and eateries in Nashville, Indiana, lies terrible disease. This community is a microcosm of what is happening all across rural America. In an effort to reveal the true struggles of these communities, the director and producers have banded together to produce “The Addict’s Wake.” This documentary examines the deep scars addiction to meth and opioids leave on the user and on the community as a whole. Many people have met untimely deaths, and many are destroying their lives on a daily basis.

At a young age, Husain knew that he wanted to be in the business of storytelling. Husain began his career in the news industry before gravitating to directing and writing documentaries. When asked what compels him to create documentaries over shorts or other film projects, he said, “When people watch a good documentary and it speaks to them, it’s generally because the storyteller [director] has done a good job of being authentic to what is happening [in the film]. I have tried to do that to the best that I can. With addiction, you have a multilayered issue. From a societal perspective, there is tremendous human cost. People are dying or being severely damaged—people and families. It’s not just the person struggling with addiction. That’s why [the film] is called ‘The Addict’s Wake.’ Behind the addict is a wake of people affected.” Husain further explained that there is no socioeconomic divider, no racial divider and no religious divider in terms of addiction. “One of the people in our documentary is an addict and a pastor’s son,” Husain said. “In Brown County, where the population is 15,000, they had four young

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men—between the ages of 25 to 30—die [from addiction related deaths] in under a 12-month period before they had reached any kind of potential. Each were from different walks of life. That was a huge wake-up call for that community. A lot of communities [throughout Indiana and the nation] have realized the enormous problem [of addiction], but there are still a number of communities that have not.” Husain added, “If other communities can see this documentary and simply acknowledge that there is a problem, be open and communicative, then you can start to find solutions. There is no shame in talking about addiction. Americans are renowned for being innovative. We could find some really innovative solutions once more people start talking about it.”

is a Heartland Film President’s Award winner and is a proud member of the Truly Moving Pictures Jury. Amy was an executive producer/producer for “A Sign of the Cross,” which aired on PBS and currently is traveling across the country with her award-winning documentary short film “Grateful.” She is an award-winning freelance photographer. “After the incredible experience I had with ‘Grateful,’ I didn’t want to jump into

Amy Pauszek—Executive Producer Pauszek has worked as a key producer, publicist and actress in several feature films, shorts, TV and commercials. She attended the Toronto International Film Festival as an international programmer,

another project and make just any film,” Pauszek shared. “I waited over a year to think of something that I could produce that would make a difference.” Pauszek got “the calling” after seeing a friend’s post on Facebook talking about the death of a young person lost to addiction. “There were several hundred comments on her post,” Pauszek said. “People were asking what they could do. How can we stop these deaths from happening? Upon reading that post, I knew this was it— this local [addiction crisis] was going to be the next film. I didn’t know Lisa [Hall] prior to this Facebook post, but I saw her comments, and that compelled me to contact her through Facebook. I told her I was interested in making a documentary. Michael, Lisa and I ended up all knowing each other through previous projects or other circles. When we first met—all together— the synergy was just amazing.” Pauszek added, “I am passionate about making films that make a difference, and I believe this film is going to be a vessel for schools, hospitals and centers, correctional

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Completing This Important Documentary Takes Community Support

facilities, churches and law enforcement. When producing a film, I visualize where it’s going and strategize how I’m going to get it out to different venues. For me, producing is about getting the story out, and that [passion] sincerely comes from my heart.”

Lisa Hall—Executive Producer Hall is a veteran marketer for multiple products and services and also serves on the board of the Brown County Playhouse and several not-for-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s Business School with a Masters from Moody Bible Seminary. Lisa works with women in incarceration and has taught Creating Positive Relationships in Fishers, Westfield and Carmel School Systems. She also speaks to women’s groups and organizations. She resides in Brown County and has seen firsthand the destructive wake addiction has on her community. “[Addiction] is the number one health issue plaguing our country,” Hall said. “In 2018, $186 billion dollars fell on federal,

state and local governments in the areas of [addiction-related] death, health care, legal and other expenditures. At the time I did this research, another $214 billion dollars was projected for 2019. These costs are rising, not decreasing. In 2018, $96 billion dollars was lost in workplace productivity—nationwide. Whether people think they’re affected or not, we are all affected indirectly as consumers and taxpayers footing the bill or directly by knowing someone or a loved one who is struggling with addiction.”

Husain, Pauszek and Hall are actively fundraising to complete the film that is in production, but in order to finish the film to the standard that the people who have opened their lives and shared their intimate stories so that others may be spared deserve, the team needs financial support from community stakeholders and individuals who believe that this documentary can save lives and help erode the ugly stigma that manifests around addiction. The team needs another $50,000 to $60,000 to complete the film. It will need another $50,000 for distribution of the film, but the immediate goal is to finish the film. Local folks such as Don Katz and Lynda Goeke are hosting fundraisers at their homes for “The Addict’s Wake” and helping raise awareness of the film’s purpose. For more information on how to become a supporter of the film and to view the trailer of “The Addict’s Wake,” visit theaddictswake.com.

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Expect an evening of song, laughter and memories when four dynamic stars of stage, screen and studio come together on the same stage. The production features Andrea McArdle (“Annie,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Maureen McGovern (“The Morning After,” “Little Women”) and Tony Award winners Donna McKechnie (“A Chorus Line,” “Company”) and Faith Prince (“Guys & Dolls,” “Bells Are Ringing”) with music direction by Billy Stritch. When four dynamic, award-winning musical stars from Broadway, film, TV and recordings come together in concert for one night on the same stage, what transpires is an evening of song, laughter and memories. You’ll be delighted by the biggest hits from their Tony Award-winning shows and performances. Tickets are available at thecenterpresents.org.

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Andrea McArdle originated the title role in “Annie” in 1977, became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical and went on to perform the role in London’s West End. On Broadway she has starred in “Jerry’s Girls,” “Starlight Express” and “State Fair,” “Les Miserables” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Off-Broadway, Andrea has appeared in the satirical “Newsical”; she has played the title role in regional productions of “Mame” and “Hello Dolly.” On PBS she has appeared in “Andrea McArdle” on Broadway and “The Leading Ladies of Broadway.” Maureen McGovern, celebrated as “The Stradivarius Voice,” was Grammy nominated in 1973 as Best New Artist for “The Morning After” (“The Poseidon Adventure”). Her other film score hits include “Can You Read My Mind” (“Superman”) and the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno.” Her many critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current CD, “A Long and Winding Road,” has been praised by the New York Times as “A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960s to the early ’70s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.” Her Broadway credits include

“Pirates of Penzance,” “Nine,” “The Threepenny Opera” and “Little Women.” Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” (1995). Faith most recently starred on Broadway in “Disaster!” the musical, for which she received rave reviews. In 2014, she starred as the scheming, irascible Miss Hannigan in the revival of “Annie” on Broadway, and in 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for “A Catered Affair.” Other Broadway musical credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Bells Are Ringing” and “Little

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Me,” among others, and she starred in the national tour of the Broadway hit “Billy Elliott.” Her award-winning album “A Leap of Faith” was recorded at Joe’s Pub, and she recently released her new album, “Total Faith.” Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. Broadway credits include musical supervisor and pianist for Liza Minnelli’s Tony Award-winning show “Liza’s at The Palace” and as Oscar, the onstage pianist in the 2001 revival of “42nd Street.” In addition to 24 years with Liza, Billy also accompanies and arranges for Tony Bennett, Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole and Paulo Szot. He is the composer of the Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You,” recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis, and is the recipient of six MAC awards. We were honored to interview Donna McKechnie from “4 Girls 4.” McKechnie received a Tony Award for her performance in the original production of “A Chorus Line” and is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Her Broadway shows include “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (national tour), “The Education of H*Y*M*A*N-K*A*P*L*A*N,” “Sondheim—A Musical Tribute” (which she also

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choreographed), “On the Town,” “Promises, Promises,” “Company,” “State Fair” (for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1996 season) and “The Visit.” She was also featured in “Annie Warbucks” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore” in New York productions. She has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including “Promises, Promises,” “Company,” “No Way to Treat a Lady” (which she also choreographed), Cole Porter’s “Can-Can” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.” What some of my readers may not know is that “4 Girls 4” is a revival of an original concept conceived by Rosemary Clooney. Frankie Ortega was the group’s arranger/conductor.

That’s right. A very good friend of mine, Kaye Ballard, was in it. Rose Marie, Margaret Whiting and Helen O’Connell were some of the originals. I remember Kaye telling me it was the best job and they had the best time on the road touring. They were seasoned performers, and each had their own wonderful success, and Kaye said it was just the greatest thing. So, when our manager, Wayne [Gmitter], caught the [original] “4 Girls 4” on TV or YouTube, he called a few of us [to discuss a reboot of “4 Girls 4”], and we all jumped at the chance. And like Kaye’s experiences, it has been wonderful. Is the format much like the original, where all of you perform together and then each actress/singer gets individual stage time to share anecdotes and perform numbers from their respective musical theater resumes?

Yes, we open and close [the show] together, but we each have our own little segments, and it’s just wonderful fun. We adapt our material, and each do 20 minutes or so. We’re all girlfriends, and it [the show] is always fabulous. What about “4 Girls 4” has surprised you the most?

It says something wonderful to me about age being just a number. We are women who are not ingenues any longer but seasoned performers. It’s not spoken about, but the experience of seeing four wonderful female performers—together

brings to enhance a piece. It’s always just so emotional for me to hear, and it’s beautiful the way he thinks musically. He can play anything and is so even-keeled and confident. I never have to worry about the music. I just have to remember my lyrics! I read that you are also a host of a podcast that is part of the Broadway Podcast Network. What is your focus for the podcast?

on stage—is very powerful. For me, just sitting and watching when one of them comes front and center on stage, they bring a whole history with them. Whether it’s 20 minutes or two hours, it’s a very rich experience. Each one of us tries to bring a number that she knows the audience will connect with and popular favorites. I’m a big fan of all the women that I work with, and, again, it [“4 Girls 4”] says something important about ageism perhaps, and that—in itself—can be a very inspiring element on stage. What do you share with audiences during your segment?

I hope to give the audience members a break from life and give them joy. There are certain songs that become the soundtrack of your life. When you hear and see them performed, it’s like visiting old friends, and not just the performers but the material itself. I have fun talking about New York City in 1959 when I was a teenager, my first audition and what it was like back then. I share fun things like that and lead up to “A Chorus Line.” I talk about working with [Stephen] Sondheim and Michael Bennett. I try to drop a few names that I revere. What is it like working with the group’s music director, Billy Stritch?

He’s a phenomenal talent besides being just a great guy. As a musician, he’s one of the few that I put way up there, and he’s a brilliant entertainer. I can’t wait to hear the chords and changes that he

Yes, it’s new and exciting. Recently, I was given the opportunity to do a podcast for the Broadway Podcast Network. It’s produced especially for Broadway audiences. You can listen to my show on audio or visually watch it, and it’s called “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and we film it at Sardis [in NYC]. I invite three other women on the podcast who are not just actors but choreographers, conductors, directors and composers. It’s a free-flowing conversation—not like an interview—and [Sardis] serves us lunch. We have the best time talking about our lives and careers. When you reflect upon your career, what are you most proud of?

I’ve had the luxury, after all these years, to see “A Chorus Line” continuously play somewhere. I am always thrilled to hear from people, receive wonderful letters and have conversations with people about how I inspired them. “A Chorus Line” was Michael Bennett’s great achievement and masterpiece. For a show to give the kind of hope and inspiration to people that it has for 45 years, it makes me very proud to have had any part in that. For me, seeing how far-reaching the show has become has just been wonderful. What would you like for the audience to take away from your show?

It [the show] is all about the music, making connections and lifting people up out of a world that is very complicated. I get inspired by the human talent, artistry and music of great composers. I can speak for the four of us when I say we want to entertain the people and let the music lift people’s spirits and transport them to another hemisphere.

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RAJEEV RAM Carmel’s Two-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion on His Journey to Success Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Carmel High School Greyhound Hall of Famer, IHSAA state champ and men’s doubles phenom Rajeev Ram has won his second Grand Slam along with his British partner, Joe Salisbury, at the Australian Open. I spoke with Ram on his years growing up in Carmel, his training with pros, going pro in tennis and how it all led to winning not just one but two remarkable and hard-earned men’s double grand slam tournaments. Ram was born in Colorado and began playing tennis recreationally with his father while as a young kid in northern California. Ram’s family moved to Carmel, Indiana, for his father’s work and began playing recreational tennis at the Carmel Racquet Club when Ram was 12 years old.

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Assistant manager and head pro at Carmel Racquet Club Mark Woldmoe began working with Ram when he was 12 years old, shortly after he moved to the city. Woldmoe has been at the club for 35 years and, along with his colleagues, has worked with several Top 10 Midwest players and produced several high- performance players over the years such as Ram. “I kind of took him [Ram] under my wing and worked with him until he was about 16 years old,” Woldmoe shared. “His game was kind of modeled after Pete Sampras—big serve-and-volley—and [he]

was one of the few 13-, 14-year-old [players] playing that style. I remember telling him [Ram] that he was going to get his first national title on clay, and Rajeev just laughed and chuckled. Sure enough, he won his first national championship at 14, and his career just went on from there.” Ram has also trained with pro tennis coach and former state champ Bryan Smith since he was a teenager. Smith had a successful tennis college career at Ball State. “Mark [Woldmoe] and I worked together when I was 12 until I was in high school,” Ram said. “He has always been incredibly supportive of my [career]. I also worked with another local, Bryan Smith, and during that time, I noticed that I was

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improving and my level was increasing. I thought it was possible that I could actually go somewhere with tennis.” During his sophomore year, Ram won the state title in singles, beating Troy Hahn. Ram decided that if he was to develop his game so that he could compete on a national level, he would need to take his training to the next step. Ram moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, to train with a group of his peers under the direction of internationally renowned developmental coach Kelly Jones. Jones works with some of the top pros on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tour. “I got to be around other good players, and I improved a lot,” Ram said. “That time period showed me what I needed to

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do if I really wanted to make a career out of tennis. I moved back to Carmel and graduated with my class in 2002. I’ve always kept my home base in Indiana.”

and in life. The nonprofit also keeps professional tennis alive in Indiana and helps make it accessible to families. EntouRaj for Kids brings professional tennis players to the Indianapolis area for exhibition matches so that tennis fans from all over the Midwest can see topnotch tennis up close. “I was very fortunate having the support of my parents, coaches and community members while growing up,” Ram said. “Tennis has given me so much. Our mission is to put tennis programs in schools that don’t have [programs] due to lack of funding and resources so that kids have somewhere to go at the end of the day and to use tennis as a vehicle for kids to make better choices. It’s not about developing professional tennis players but about teaching kids a sport that they may enjoy and might develop a knack for. If it leads them to make better decisions and gets them involved in something they can get passionate about, then we are using tennis in a very useful way.”

The Arduous Road to Success Prior to winning his first Grand Slam title at the 2019 Australian Open mixed doubles in partnership with Czech Barbora Krejcikova last year, 6-foot-4 Ram won two NCAA titles while attending the University of Illinois before turning pro in 2004. Ram has won a total of 15 ATP World Tour titles, two in singles and 13 in doubles. He was a doubles semifinalist at the 2014 U.S. Open and 2016 Wimbledon and won a 2016 Olympic silver medal in Rio mixed doubles with Venus Williams. Before he retired from singles play in July 2017, some of Ram’s best victories came against top 10 players Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori and Mardy Fish, as well as former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. Before competing in the 2020 Australian Open, Ram had made 57 Grand Slam appearances but to no avail. Ram and his double’s partner of just over a year—Salisbury—sat down at the end of last year and mapped out their goals. Their passion and perseverance paid off. In the Australian Open final on Feb. 2—Ram’s 58th Grand Slam attempt—Ram and Salisbury defeated Max Purcell and Luke Saville 6-4, 6-2 in the Australian Open final. When asked to share his thoughts on what it took for him to achieve not one but two Grand Slam titles, Ram replied, “Winning the first [title] was a long time coming. There had been a couple of tough losses and a bunch of close matches, but for someone who really enjoys the history of the game, it’s pretty amazing to think my name’s going to be forever among some pretty incredible people who have also played.” When asked what’s next for Ram and Salisbury, Ram shared, “We’ve had to go through some growing pains, for sure, to get to this point, but now that we’ve achieved a goal that we set out to do, the feeling has become addictive, and I think we are both really hungry for more. I’m hoping [that hunger] will drive us to continue working at the level we’ve been working. I think we have it in us to win some more.”

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ated from Indiana University and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Carmichael was inducted into the Great American songbook Hall of Fame; the latest of many accolades and honors he has been awarded for his contributions to American Music and the silver screen. Bayliss shared his thoughts about the lasting tribute he designed to honor Carmichael, “My hope is that ‘Homage to Hoagy’ becomes a cultural landmark of fitting celebration of [Hoagy Carmichael] that brings joy to the citizens of Carmel and visitors to the Center for the performing arts for many, many years to come.”

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You may have recently driven past the latest public art installation by Arlon Bayliss in the roundabout at City Center Drive and 3rd Ave. SW. near the Palladium. Bayliss’ latest sculpture—“Homage to Hoagy” is an interactive sculpture that pays tribute to the late Oscar-winning composer, pianist and singer, Hoagy Carmichael. Many of us have driven past Bayliss’ other sculptures, “Beacon Bloom” in the roundabout at Westfield Boulevard and 96th Street and “Grace, Love and Joy” in the roundabout at N. Pennsylvania St. and Old Meridian St.

Hoagy Carmichael—A Fellow Hoosier Carmichael has been acknowledged as of the 20th Century’s most inventive, sophisticated, Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the 1930s. Carmichael composed timeless classics such as “Stardust”, “Georgia on My Mind” (lyrics by Stuart Gorrell), “The Nearness of You”, and “Heart and Soul” (in collaboration with lyricist Frank Loesser), four of the most-recorded American songs of all

time. Carmichael also collaborated with lyricist Johnny Mercer on “Lazybones” and “Skylark.” Carmichael was an innovator as well as an iconic craftsman of pop songs. He was among the first singer-songwriters to utilize new technologies such as electric microphones and sound recordings. Carmichael was born in Bloomington and spent many years of his life there and in Indianapolis, Indiana. He gradu-

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Arlon Bayliss trained at the Royal College of Art in London England and his gallery glass artwork is in museums and private collections worldwide. His public art projects include community-based, collaborative, outdoor works and large-scale interior architectural installations using dynamic forms and compositions in steel, glass and light. He is a broadly accomplished artist, designer and educator. Bayliss’s architectural art projects can be seen in the Indianapolis Central Library, Indianapolis International Airport, Simon Property Group—including a 400-foot-long aerial sculpture for the Circle Centre Mall dining pavilion. In 2017, Bayliss’ artwork was featured in “200 Years Of Indiana Art – A Cultural Legacy”, a landmark exhibition at the Indiana State Museum, and he was awarded Indy Chamber’s prestigious “Honor Award” for his public art. In 2018 he delivered the closing keynote at the IALD Enlighten Americas Conference in Seattle. Bayliss works with Indianapolis-based bo-mar Industries—and its owners Bob Buchanan, his brother Mark and their team of talented engineers and craftsmen who are all artists in their own right. ”This project has been a wonderfully educating experience,” Bayliss exuded. “It has been an honor and a pleasure researching Hoagy and collaborating with a wide range people over the last past 2 years, from the staff at the American

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from all stakeholders in this project has resulted in an artwork that has exceeded my expectations. Our goal was to create a fitting tribute to one of Indiana’s greatest sons in one of Indiana’s greatest settings.”

The Meaning Behind the Metalwork Having seen the sculpture up-close just prior to its installation mid-February, I can attest that each singular piece was fabricated with expert precision and great care. “The project features a thirty-eightfoot tall central sculpture,” Bayliss explained. “Inspired by the by the songwriter’s lyrics and the timeless impact of his work, the artwork includes abstracted stars, moons, and musical notes that

Great American Songbook Collection, sound recording experts and Carmel City employees, to my steadfast partners and fabricators at bo-mar industries of Indianapolis.” Bayliss continued, “It is hard to find words that adequately express my gratitude for everyone’s expertise and goodwill. Countless hours of experimentation and an insistence on perfection

burst joyfully from a tilted gramophone horn. Hidden among them is a single Skylark, a reference to one of Hoagy’s famous compositions.” Bayliss further explained the structure of stainless, silver and gold powder-coated steel sets on an Indiana limestone base. It is illuminated from within the base by a rainbow of LED-colored lights that illuminates the sculpture at night. “The sculpture is complemented by two interactive [digital] gramophones that feature crank handles that activate 14 digital recordings of well-known Carmichael compositions by famous artists—new and old—including Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, The Four Freshman, Michael Bublé and Bette Midler.” For more information about Arlon Bayliss, visit arlonbayliss.com and for more information on bo-mar industries, visit bo-marind.com.

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We are proud to recognize a special volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County John Shilling and his wife are transplants to Carmel. He is active in his church, a singer in the choir and also a member of a men’s chorus that regularly performs the National Anthem at Indianapolis Indians and Butler University athletic events. John spends much of his volunteer time making a positive difference in the lives of seniors by reading and singing weekly to a group. This is in addition to his work delivering meals for Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County. Friendly volunteers, like John, compassionately deliver more than 55,000 meals within our county each year. Sometimes, John is the only friendly face a person on his route will see. In John’s words “Every smile I have delivered with a meal has been returned tenfold”. To learn more about Meals on Wheels go to mealsonwheelshc.org

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Prevent Suicide Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Last June, Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) hired its first mental health coordinator, Stephanie Whiteside, in an effort to reduce the numbers of student addiction/ overdose, suicide, depression and other mental health-related occurrences throughout the student body. In less than a year, Whiteside has made significant strides in further developing communications between administrators, teachers, providers, students and parents.

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ith the full support of the CCS board of trustees and administrators, Whiteside has expanded a national, evidence-based program—Question Persuade Respond (QPR) for Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program, that has been available to CCS administrators and teachers but is now available to parents.

Parent QPR Training Program Overview Question Persuade Respond (QPR) for Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Program is a unique training opportunity designed to assist participants with recognizing a crisis and warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. The QPR method was developed specif-

ically to detect and respond to anyone emitting suicide warning signs and has been applied as a universal intervention for anyone experiencing distress. CCS has utilized the QPR programming to train teachers, social workers and counselors as a method for suicide prevention. This free, 90-minute training course is available to parents or legal guardians of CCS students. Each course is limited to 25 participants. In this course, Whiteside— who is a QPR-certified trainer—discusses signs of mental illness and suicide risk, including verbal, behavioral and situational cues and warning signs that an individual is contemplating suicide. Whiteside also discusses—in detail—the policies and systems in place at CCS. Each participant will learn and practice the Question Persuade Respond

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method and will be provided with information on the resources and support available in the community. Each participant will receive a QPR Gatekeeper Certificate upon successful completion of the training. Whiteside has held two QPR training sessions so far this year and will be hosting more as demand and requests for more sessions continue to rise.

Speaking a Common Language Is Key to Suicide Prevention Whiteside shared her thoughts on why QPR works and the importance of having parents’ participation in the training courses. “I wanted to make sure that the parents are aware of and understand the interventions that we provide to our students and their families,” Whiteside said. “Let’s go back to a common language. Since coming to CCS, I’ve been very fortunate to have met with and spoken with several parents at PTA meetings or over coffee; the parent QPR [training] is another way to outreach and educate parents on what we’re doing [at CCS], but it’s also a way to get their feedback on what they need and how we can better support them and their child.” Whiteside emphasized that she has received a stupendous amount of support from not only the administrators and teachers but from CCS parents. “The parents who have attended the two previous QPR training courses have expressed how grateful they were for the information,” Whiteside shared. “Many expressed that they didn’t know how to support their child or friends of their child who’ve exhibited some behaviors or had made statements while in their home that have caused concern. The parents have been receptive to the feedback

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and advice that was given in these sessions. As a parent, I understand that our children are coming up against things that we did not due to things like social media that add even more [complex] layers to adolescence.”

Signs to Look For and When Do You Act? While registering for QPR training is certainly one way to learn what signs or behaviors to look for and what to do if you child or a child you know is exhibiting “off” behavior, Whiteside shared some primary signs to look for and what to do once you’ve been alerted to them. “First off, I always say to trust your gut [instinct],” Whiteside said. “If something doesn’t feel right or have given you cause for concern, go with it. One primary indicator has always been significant changes in behavior. If you see a child has gone from ‘happy-go-lucky’ to making negative statements about themselves or life with a very bleak outlook, that is something to be concerned about. Especially if

it’s become more of the child’s default [behavior] than just every once in a while having a ‘down’ day.” Whiteside continued, “When a child starts making comments about being ‘worthless’ and not belonging or that they ‘won’t be here anyway,’ or comments that aren’t future-forward thinking statements, these are—obviously—concerning statements that you want to follow up on. If there have been sudden changes in the child’s life—life events such as death of a family member, suicide in the family, loss of job, failing an exam, bad break-ups, etc.—these types of life events may not appear to be a big deal to the child, and he/she may be playing it off like it’s not, but these losses can negatively influence their thinking.” The CCS website lists a plethora of vetted programs and organizations for students and families in need of them, but Whiteside strongly encouraged parents to reach out to their child’s school counselor and/or social worker and to communicate your concerns so

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129 suicides every day that they can better assist your child’s specific needs and move forward—together—to create a positive outcome for your son or daughter. “Reaching out to your child’s counselor or social worker is very beneficial,” Whiteside emphasized. “We keep an internal resource list with more specific and private providers—all of whom have been vetted and whom we’ve met with and developed partnerships with to better serve our students and their families.” If your child is in immediate danger or you know of someone who might be in immediate danger, please call 911.

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Carmel Monthly - February 2020  

Rajeev Ram: Carmel’s Two-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion on His Journey to Success In this month’s cover story we meet Rajeev Ram, a Carmel...

Carmel Monthly - February 2020  

Rajeev Ram: Carmel’s Two-Time Grand Slam Tennis Champion on His Journey to Success In this month’s cover story we meet Rajeev Ram, a Carmel...