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Colts Vice Chair & Owner Kalen Jackson: Leading the Irsay Family’s Kicking the Stigma Campaign It is with great pleasure that we are featuring Kalen Jackson—one of Jim Irsay’s daughters and a Colts vice chair/owner—on this month’s cover. Jackson, along with Irsay and sisters Carlie Irsay-Gordon and Casey Foyt, are hosting a four-day virtual fundraiser in May to support Kicking The Stigma, a campaign launched by the Irsay family. Kicking The Stigma’s focus is twofold: raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health disorders in our communities and raising and distributing funding to nonprofits and other organizations to expand treatment services throughout the community. Jackson shared with us the personal origins of the campaign and the objectives they hope to achieve with the campaign. Writer // Janelle Morrison • Cover photo // Indianapolis Colts

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I interviewed two mutual acquaintances who worked alongside Steve, who graciously shared some of his achievements over the years that have helped shape the present and future of the county he loved and cherished so immensely.

Before He Was the Toast of the County

Remembering a Dedicated Boone County Leader:

Steve Jacob

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Boone County lost an iconic statesman last month. His family lost an extraordinary husband, father, grandfather. And many others, including myself, lost a great friend and leader.


hile many knew Steve on a professional level from his 18-year career with Time Warner Telecom (Bell, AT&T and Ameritech), where he served as a vice president, executive director of government affairs and general manager, local folks knew Steve as a dedicated public servant that worked tirelessly on behalf of Boone County residents, businesses and schools.

A lifelong Hoosier, Steve was raised on a farm in southern Indiana, where his passion and deep dedication for family and community was nurtured. A natural-born leader, Steve worked his way up through the ranks of Indiana “Ma Bell” (Indiana Bell Telephone Company for those born after 1984) to become a vice president of Ameritech. Steve earned his B.S. in management at Purdue University, completed the Executive Development Program at Wabash College and served as a Congressional Fellow for the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. Before retiring from the private sector, Steve worked at Woolpert Engineering and Time Warner Telecom.

The Epitome of a Servant Leader Locally, Steve is best known for his years of public service leadership. He served on the Boone County Council (District 4) for 20-plus years. For a number of years and up to his passing, Steve served as the council’s president. He was chairman of the Boone County Convention & Visitors Bureau, past member and vice chairman of the Boone County Republican Central Committee and a past member of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Committee. Those who worked with Steve can attest that he deployed diplomacy and worked across the aisle to bring everyone to a place of center where they would work to find a “win-win” for all concerned. Elise Nieshalla, Boone County Council member, shared, “I started serving on the [county] council five years ago. As president of the council, Steve was very purposeful in helping me understand the processes, acronyms, and made many introductions for me. He made sure newly elected officials were assimilated in so they could be as effective as possible in their elected office. I am tremendously


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grateful for that. Steve was so skilled at bringing together all the parties involved to look for the win-win for all. It was a true honor to serve with him and, of course, to learn from him.” When asked what Elise thought a main area of focus for Steve was as it related to our county, she replied, “I would say public safety. Making sure that we had SROs in all of the schools was something he was emphatic about. And making sure we [as a council] do everything we can to partner with the towns and do our part to make sure that the county’s schools are funded and staffed with SROs every school day.”

Working to Build a Better Future for Boone County One of the county’s three commissioners, Tom Santelli, worked with Steve for many years and on many projects that impacted Boone County. “Steve was focused on action-based items for the county,” Tom said. “He was a strong supporter of balancing the budget and maintaining what I call the ‘strategic reserves.’ Steve made sure that we had funds available for emergency situations and for opportunities that were presented to the county.” In addition to the school’s SRO initiative, Steve played a vital role in the development and passing of the county’s Local Income Tax (LIT). “Steve and I worked on the LIT, which is dedicated to public safety,” Tom shared. “Steve felt that without public safety, you don’t have quality of life. Steve worked tirelessly on getting enough funding so that we now have 24/7 medical care and enhanced mental health care for our jail programs. He was also a big supporter of a 911 call center and obtaining funding for enhanced capabilities for that. Passing the LIT also gave our sheriff, Mike Nielsen, the firepower within his five-year strategic plan to get many things done that we had shortfalls on before.” Tom added, “If you look back and look at much of what we do today is the result of Steve’s efforts.” What some people may not realize is how big of a role Steve played in the connectivity of the county’s trails and the Big4 Trail project. He was also instrumental in

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getting the engineering study that started to link the project together—a study that cost $30,000, funded through the Boone County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “That [project] has been a fun one and excellent opportunity to work with all the towns up and down the trail,” Elise said. “Steve was an advocate [of the trail] from day one and worked to bring the necessary parties together. It’s really neat now because the momentum is huge, and it is close to being a reality. He was very much involved with all the communities, discussions and grant processes and with the coordination of issuing letters of support to the communities as they would go after grants.” Another major project that Steve was dedicated to seeing through the process was the dark box loophole. Sadly, he did not live to see the most recent progress, but Elise knows he would be immensely proud of the momentum. “Steve and I made several trips down to the statehouse to lobby legislature for closing the dark box loophole,” Elise

shared. “Recently, another hurdle was overcome toward getting that loophole closed through legislation. Every time we cross another hurdle, I’m giving a thumbsup to Steve because he laid so much of the groundwork. I’m waiting for the day when it will be signed into law by our governor. That would have made Steve very pleased to protect the taxpayers from a tax shift.” Steve Jacob was a champion for all things Boone County that provided safety and health to the residents and prosperity to the businesses.

“Steve treated everybody with dignity and respect,” Tom stated. “He had character and charisma. He was a student of understanding governmental processes and wasn’t afraid to bring in consultants that were subject-matter experts. He knew how to bring the right teams together to provide knowledge-based actions for county government and beyond that. Everything we’re currently doing is based on a strong foundation that Steve helped set.”



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e’re excited to have the team at Gator Motorsport involved in Artomobilia again this year, albeit in a much more significant way,” said John Leonard, event director. “Their lineup of Lotus cars, in addition to their automotive service, is really exceptional. Chapman’s best-known quote, ‘Simplify, then add lightness,’ is a philosophy that works every time it’s tried. In a similar way, Young Kim and his team at Gator Motorsport embody that same spirit of high performance with a focus on the driver’s experience. And we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Artomobilia is scheduled to return to the Carmel Arts & Design District on Saturday, August 28, 2021, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. After the postponing last year’s events and replacing them with a series of rallies, the Artomobilia team is back and planning for a special event that showcases collector and enthusiast cars in a way that meets the guidance requirements of local government and health care professionals. This year, the Artomobilia team will again host nationally recognized sponsors, more than 400 vehicles and thousands of guest in the Arts and Design District in Carmel. They’ll also include a special activity, called Arto-Palooza, that focuses in on three marks: Porsche, BMW and Lotus … aptly named Porsche-Palooza, BMW-Palooza and Lotus-Palooza. This year, the event will feature more than 26 collector classes and enthusiast corrals, including Super Car, Exotic, Classic, Sports car, European, Domestic, Vintage and


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Racers, attracting visitors from Indiana and the surrounding states. In the last few years, Artomobilia has expanded to include the entire weekend and a total of four events during the final weekend in August. On Friday, the team will host the Shift Rally as well as Fuelicious at the Lucas Estate. On Saturday, Artomobilia will be showcased in the Carmel Arts & Design District. And on Sunday will be the newest event, Revolanté, hosted at The Bridgewater Club. Since 2008, Artomobilia has focused on display and appreciation over the

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he concert will be Feinstein’s first live public performance—and the first Center Presents event with an on-site audience—in over a year. The two entertainers will perform individually and together, backed by a piano trio. Feinstein, whose work as a singer, pianist, preservationist and ambassador of timeless popular music has earned him five Grammy Award nominations, is artistic director for the Center and founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation. While taking a break from the road, he has been developing a podcast, “Music and Madness,” featuring unique recordings from his personal collection. His upcoming album, “Gershwin Country,” was recorded in Nashville with a roster of top country artists. Manchester is perhaps best known for her Billboard Top 10 singles “Midnight Blue,” the Grammy-nominated “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “You Should Hear How She Talks About You,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her original songs have been recorded by artists including Barbra Streisand, Roberta Flack, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss and Kenny Loggins. She is rerecording several of her classics for her upcoming 24th album, “RE:VIEW.” Please note: Tickets are available online at thecenterpresents.org and by phone at (317) 843-3800. The Palladium Box Office remains closed for in-person sales.

Janelle Morrison: Having been raised on your vinyl albums, I can speak to how your songs impact people at various points in their lives and remain timeless. Your songs are encouraging and lift people’s spirits in the most challenging of times. To that point, your 24th album, “RE:VIEW,” is a reimagined collection of some of your iconic hits, including “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” How have these songs impacted you personally throughout the pandemic? Melissa Manchester: There are many things that are deeply interesting to me about this long, dark moment that we have lived through with the pandemic. In my experience, I wasn’t able to travel anywhere, to any of the places that I wanted to share my music, because the venues were shut down and some are still shut down. That created a new subtext to what “Don’t Cry Out Loud” was about. And that has been true to most of these songs that I’m rerecording. Suddenly, “Just You and I” is not a song about solidarity between friends or a romantic song. It’s suddenly about paying homage to frontline workers. “Don’t Cry Out Loud” has a deeper and wider meaning for me in that, again, all of these venues that I and all of my colleagues around the world would be playing at were shuttered abruptly. And for me personally, that threw me into a very deep moment of grief and then anxiety. And then in the end, like any good onion that is peeled away, you do find grace for what you have. The useful part of this moment for me has been not only have I had a chance to look at society around me, but I’ve gotten a chance to really see the endless challenges, and it’s been very interesting. And these challenges have not gone unnoticed by me. There is light coming at the end of the tunnel, and it doesn’t seem to be a train coming at us anymore. JM: I was reflecting on the connection “Don’t Cry Out Loud” has with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how your timeless collection of songs is helping to bring comfort to your fans in this current pandemic. Melissa: Well, that’s the thing that’s very interesting about art. For me, these songs have grown into this moment, and it was


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certainly not by my design. It’s just one of those unusual things that happen, and that becomes the enduring blessing of these songs. It’s why I never tire of them—ever. They have become monologues that I have grown into and can share.

to see if we are consistently awakening or going back to sleep. I believe an awaking is really upon us, and that is a good and potentially glorious thing.

JM: Now that many venues throughout the nation are slowly and cautiously JM: I read where you quoted Arthur beginning to turn on their lights and Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” When reopen their doors, do you feel that as Willy Loman dies, his widow, Linda, people begin to come back together said, “Attention must be paid,” and you in public spaces to enjoy visual and/or said this [statement] has become your performance art that we will begin to mantra at this time. Would you care to build up the empathy that seems to have expand upon that? dissipated in society? And do you agree Melissa: When “Linda” said that about that the arts play a vital role in creating “Willy,” she was talking about an everyday, that empathy and common ground ordinary man with dreams and disappointamong its audiences? ments. And here we are, still mostly sequesMelissa: Those are very interesting questered in our places with the opportunity to tions. I think, by nature, we are hardwired to see our society, see what is broken, see what seek out community and to find safe harbor is beautiful and see what needs to be saved in community. We were not allowed to do and nurtured. We can see what needs to be that [due to the pandemic], and I think that deconstructed and rethought the soul is hungry to go to when thinking about the unvenues to watch beautiful or finished work of the American interesting art on stage. And promise so that we can all move to be reminded of things that PERFORMER forward together—that’s the people didn’t realize they’d SPOTLIGHT attention that must be paid. forgotten, which is what art What is extraordinary about can do. I think there’s such these times and about a hunger waiting to the reaction to the be satisfied because murder of George Floyd of all of this. is how it awakened I am cautiously something in the nation optimistic about what and across the world. it will look like to reIt has awakened that open venues. I believe unfinished business it’s going to be a slow that finally, hopefully, unveiling because for can be attended to. every action there is going to be a COVID-19 reaction. But I think JM: As a veteran of society in general is musical activism, hungry to reengage. you released the I say to people, you poignant music video, don’t want to live in “A Better Rainbow,” a world without Moin 2018, and it spoke zart. Even if you never to a wide breadth of listen to Mozart, I’m demographics who telling you that you have been feeling don’t want to live in a world without Mozart frustrated and helpless. I think this because there is a specific thread that particular video helped to reinvigorate weaves art into society and makes it whole. people’s desire to get involved and make a difference and made them feel that their The same as beautiful parks do—they keep us whole and centered, just knowing they’re contributions matter. there and that we can escape to them. Melissa: Thank you. It seems to me that what I have learned, in this moment and in my life, is that the goal is not perfection. JM: Throughout your career, you have It’s never perfection. Perfection is a silly collaborated with some of the greatest carrot that just makes us crazy. What’s more talents in the entertainment industry. comprehensive is accomplishing a sense of One of my favorite duets is “Big Light” wholeness. And part of the journey to wholerecorded by you and the late Al Jarreau. ness is not only to awaken but to stay awake. Would you share with me and my readers I know there were many times in my life why that particular recording was so that I was sure I was awake. Then a couple special to you? of years later, I thought, “Damn, I fell asleep Melissa: Al and I were longtime colleagues again! How did that happen?” and dear friends. Creating “Big Light” I’m finding that the notion of awakening was really special. It is a song that I wrote is so powerful and so continuous, and it’s with John Proulx, and it was on my 20th something you can really hold onto. You can album, “You Gotta Love the Life.” Al called monitor yourself by your reactions to things me and said, “Missy—I hear you’re making and monitor society by its reactions to things an album. Can I sing on it?” [laughs softly in


remembrance] I said, “Well, of course.” I’ve been an artist-in-residence at Citrus College [located in Glendora—a suburb of Los Angeles]. It’s a wonderful community college and has a spectacular music department. Many of the students have never seen the collaborative aspect of making music, so Al [Jarreau] came into the studio one day, and the control room was full of engineering students. My engineer was their professor. The students watched us collaborate on “Big Light” and watched Al do those “Jarreau-isms.” Anyone who knows anything about Al knows that when he started to sing, he became the instrument that he was hearing in his head. The place was so reverential because these kids had never seen anything like this before. At the end of that session, I went into the studio to thank Al and to give him a hug. I could feel as he was hugging me that he was hanging on to me and was weeping. He said, “Keep doing this. And don’t stop doing this—for all of us.” I started weeping. It was incredible.

JM: Speaking of working with iconic artists, can you share a little bit about your friendship with Michael Feinstein and what you hope people will experience when you both take the stage? Melissa: Michael and I are old friends. His mom and my late mom were friends, and I’ve known him since the beginning of his career. I am thrilled for what has happened to him throughout his career. He is an ambassador of the glory of the American Songbook, to the importance of it. He is magic on stage and is an incredibly committed musician and archivist. When Michael first introduced himself to me, it was the morning after I won the Grammy. Unbeknownst to each other, we were having brunch at the same restaurant. He came over and introduced himself to me— of course, we later found out that our moms knew each other—but he said to me, “Ms. Manchester, my name is Michael Feinstein, and I’m the assistant to Ira Gershwin.” I said, “May I have his autograph, please?” [laughing] As it turned out, I got an autography of Ira Gershwin and a lovely letter from Michael Feinstein. Michael has assured me it was Ira’s last autograph.” JM: In my mind’s eye, I can visualize what it will look like when the two of you are performing at the Palladium. What do you imagine it will be like for your audiences who haven’t seen a live show—in person— for more than a year? Melissa: I wouldn’t be surprised if people cry a little bit. And I wouldn’t be surprised if people breathe a little deeper and are deeply grateful for the experience of it. I hope that people come away from this having really enjoyed the love that Michael and I have for each other and the respect that we have for each other’s artistry. I think it will be a good time had by all—those of us on the stage and in the audience.


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It is with great pleasure that we are featuring Kalen Jackson—one of Jim Irsay’s daughters and a Colts vice chair/owner—on this month’s cover. Jackson, along with Irsay and sisters Carlie Irsay-Gordon and Casey Foyt, are hosting a four-day virtual fundraiser in May to support Kicking The Stigma, a campaign launched by the Irsay family.


icking The Stigma’s focus is twofold: raising awareness about the prevalence of mental health disorders in our communities and raising and distributing funding to nonprofits and other organizations to expand treatment services throughout the community.

The Story Behind the Cause The effort grew out of the NFL’s annual My Cause My Cleats campaign, where players and coaches wear specially painted cleats during a game highlighting a nonprofit or cause of their choice. This year, Irsay and Colts vice chairs/owners Carlie Irsay-Gordon and Kalen Jackson participated and

wore shoes bringing awareness to common mental disorders. The Irsay family’s own personal experiences with mental health and substance use is the source of the family’s passion and dedication to helping raise awareness and for “normalizing” the conversation. “For us, that’s part of the campaign,” Jackson shared. “It’s no secret that we have a very public experience with mental health issues and my dad’s recovery from substance use issues. These issues affected each of us in our individual ways, but we’ve always been very open and willing to discuss these topics to help people in our lives and, in turn, help them to get rehab and have even paid for rehab or doctors visits. The reality is as much as there are services out there, there’s an even bigger issue with being able to afford those services.” Acknowledging that there is a gap in workforce development in this area is something that Jackson said they are learning more about the further they delve into this space. “There are so many sectors of this that need help,” Jackson said. “The common thread that has been in all of our discussions is stigma. That’s the first barrier to

break through before we can get to the laundry list of items that we’d like to help with. Everyone has a story around this, and it’s heartbreaking. So many people feel helpless, and it feels as if, under the surface, people have been waiting for someone to care and put forth an effort like this. What’s been so beautiful about this [campaign] is that so many people locally AND nationally have reached out. Some are just saying ‘thank you’ and some are asking what they can do to help.”

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and that it’s OK to seek and ask for help without being judged for it.” Jackson added, “I think part of us just wants to educate people more on what [mental illnesses] look like and try to put a face and a story to a lot of these titles. We’re trying to tell the story and to understand the people—not just see the headlines.” “I’m honored to join the Colts and the Irsay family in their Kicking The Stigma initiative,” Carson Daly said. “Mental health advocacy is a cause I feel passionately about, and removing the stigma associated with mental health illnesses and disorders is imperative.” “I’m thrilled to see an NFL team make an impact in this space, and I’m also proud to serve with [Colts vice chair and owner] Kalen Jackson as board members for Project Healthy Minds, an organization dedicated to confronting the mental health crisis,” Daly added. “We want to normalize the mental health conversation [and] educate and support individuals who might be struggling with a mental health disorder but are hesitant to seek help.” Funds raised will go toward a new Kicking The Stigma Fund, which will support expanded programming by Mental Health America (MHA) Indiana, NAMI Greater Indianapolis, Project Healthy Minds and Bring Change to Mind. The fund also will provide grants to Indiana-based nonprofits working in education, support and advocacy of mental health.

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Laying the Groundwork for the Cause To begin this effort, the Irsay family produced a 60-second public service announcement in collaboration with the legendary rock band R.E.M., using their chart-topping song “Everybody Hurts.” The PSAs, featuring Irsay, Jackson and Leonard, have aired in national rotation, as well as locally in Indianapolis. “R.E.M. is proud to contribute ‘Everybody Hurts’ to the Colts and the Irsay family in support of ‘Kicking the Stigma,’” said Mike Mills, a founding member of R.E.M. “If we can reduce the stigma around mental illness, more people will seek and receive treatment.” In addition to producing and airing the PSA nationally, the Irsays have committed more than $4 million in the past year to expand treatment services in Indiana, including to • Indiana University Health. This gift will help fund the expansion of the IU Health West Addiction Treatment Recovery Center.

• Suburban North Club. These funds will help build a new facility for the organization, which serves as a meeting location for Alcoholics Anonymous clubs in Indianapolis. • Expanded local programming by community partners. In addition to money raised during the May event, the Irsays also are donating funding to help MHA Indiana, NAMI Greater Indianapolis, Project Healthy Minds and Bring Change to Mind expand their services in Indiana. Join us May 3–6 as we kick off national Mental Health Awareness Month with a four-day virtual fundraiser to support Kicking The Stigma, an Irsay family initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and to remove the shame and stigma too often associated with these illnesses. Sponsors of the event include Huntington Bank, Indiana University Health and Lucas Oil Products. For more information, visit Colts.com/KTS.


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A roundtable hosted by Carson Daly of NBC’s “The Today Show” and “The Voice,” with NFL players Darius Leonard (Colts), Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons) and Solomon Thomas and Darren Waller (Las Vegas Raiders) sharing their personal experiences with mental health.

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As I first reported back in January 2020, Wahlburgers has decided to add its thread to the fabric of Carmel and open its 53rd Wahlburgers in the country—this one located in the Proscenium development. As the staff was finalizing preparations for its soft open at the end of April, we spoke with Wahlburgers’ founder Chef Paul Wahlberg as well as a few members of the local franchise’s management team about what will make Wahlburgers the premiere “foodie” destination in Carmel, Indiana.

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ctor, musician, chef, entrepreneur … these titles alone don’t define the Wahlberg brothers: Mark, Donnie and Paul. “Family” does. And the foundation of principles and passion on which the brothers’ outstanding success in the film, food and movie industries was built upon is the very same foundation that the Wahlburgers franchise organization’s success is growing upon.

While Mark and Donnie are bona fide celebrities in their own respective careers, Chef Paul Wahlberg has achieved stardom through the creation of Wahlburgers, which has become an international name in its own right. “The passion part started early,” Chef Paul shared. “It’s funny. I’d watch Graham Kerr, the ‘Galloping Gourmet,’ as a kid, and I was always fascinated by the cooking part of it and the enjoyment he got out of it and sharing it with others.

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Sitting at home with my family, we would always have the big family meal on Sunday. Then we’d think about the leftovers that were going to be generated out of it. Which was great because if we had roast beef, we knew that we were going to have hot roast beef sandwiches—open faced with gravy on it and a little side of mashed potatoes and a piece of bread— and things like that.” While Mark and Donnie were becoming household names across the globe in performance arts, Paul spent his time exploring the culinary arts and maintains a humble disposition and perspective on his rise to fame and success.

“My friend’s dad owned a restaurant, and I was washing dishes,” Chef Paul shared. “Then I started doing prep— cutting meat and cleaning vegetables. Then, the sous chef walked by me and said, ‘Hey, you’re pretty good at this. Maybe you should go to culinary school.’ And that was literally my ‘Forrest Gump’ moment where I was like ‘OK’ and then BOOM—everything just opened to me, and I realized that’s what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. Not Forrest Gump but that I wanted to be a chef. I realized that everything I had been doing previously was leading me to that moment.”

Chef Paul emphasized the importance of each and every guest of Wahlburgers feeling like they have come to a place where they’re welcome, like you do when you come home. “When you walk into a restaurant, you want to be ‘home,’” Chef Paul said. “You want to be warmly greeted and to be welcomed, and you want people to be excited that you’re there.” In addition to an ambiance that lends itself to an experience similar to if you were a guest at the Wahlberg’s actual family dining room, Wahlburgers offers dishes that are Wahlberg family favorites that come with beloved memories. “There were nine of us, and it takes a lot to feed nine people,” Chef Paul expressed. “My dad used to cook outside in the summertime and cook burgers on the grill. And that would be like our thing. On some of the menus we’ve had my mom’s macaroni salad and my dad’s chili. Obviously, we’re a burger restaurant, so there’s a lot of things that are centric to that. And we’ve had lots of dishes that have been very reminiscent of where we came from.”

A Simple Way of Looking at Things Chef Paul’s philosophy is if it needs to be done, get it done. And he isn’t above anything that his guest, staff and franchisees need him to do to help them have the best experiences possible. “I have a very simple way of looking at things,” Chef Paul stated. “We’re all in this together, and each person has to be pulling in the same direction in order to achieve one goal, and that’s happy customers. They don’t come to us for a bad experience. They come to us for a good experience and a good time. It’s not a requirement for them to come in. We have to earn their trip every single time.”

The Wahlburgers Carmel Experience Wahlburgers guarantees a fun, casual, music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While the interior decor is filled with photos and


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memories celebrating the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, Wahlburgers makes food the real star. Guests will enjoy delicious fresh ground beef burgers, signature sandwiches, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots, salads, specialty frappes, beer and cocktails—all served with heartfelt hospitality. In addition to enjoying a welcoming ambiance where everyone’s like family, the location’s interior build-out is unique compared to any other Wahlburgers location. And the Carmel location offers an abundance of outdoor seating as well with even more amazing views that add to an enjoyable experience. In addition to all of that, Wahlburgers Carmel’s staff is comprised of some of the industry’s most talented and exceptional individuals. Jim Oboyski, vice president of operations, said, “Being part of this group has been a joy for me. The team that I work with—from the leadership team to the general managers to the boots on the

ground—has been nothing short of a blessing to me.” Seth Stevenson, regional director, spoke about the overall design: “As far as the [build-out] itself, this is the first design that we’ve done like this, and we wanted to make it like you’re at your neighbor’s house. It’s warm, and it’s inviting. We’ve got more booths than we’ve ever had, and the design that the team and Jim came up with will elevate the entire experience for the team and our guests.” Wahlburgers Carmel General Manager Andrew Pedersen—an Indiana native—is genuinely excited for what is to come for his team, his guests and for himself. “I’ve been a general manager for a little over 10 years in the Indianapolis, Southern California, and Chicago markets,” Pedersen shared. “It was a no-brainer for me to take this opportunity, and even in the short amount of time that I’ve interacted with my leadership, it’s been nothing but joy. And I can’t wait to extend that positivity to the community of Carmel as well as the family dynamic that we bring.”

The Wahlbergs Are Excited for Their Brand to Join the Carmel Community The Wahlbergs and the Wahlburgers management team are eager to become part of the Carmel community and are excited to open their doors to thousands of new friends who will leave as part of the Wahlburgers family. “We want to be part of the fabric of the community,” Chef Paul said. “We want to be supportive of what’s going on around. We grew up in very humble beginnings, and people helped us, so we owe that, and I will owe that for the rest of my life. At the end of the day, we’re invited guests, so we better show respect to the community that we’re in.” Chef Paul’s brother, Mark, offered a brief statement: “We have fallen in love with Indiana and its people as they have been so welcoming to our family. We are truly looking forward to bringing our first location to the state as we open our doors in Carmel.” Be sure to follow Wahlburgers Carmel on Facebook and visit wahlburgers.com for more information.


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Steel Coated Floors of Indiana Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

A Steel Coated Floors system will enhance the appearance of any garage, showroom, shop floor or any concrete surface while providing a durable, long-lasting and easy-to-clean surface. Additionally, this highperformance coating not only provides an aesthetic moisture barrier, it extends the life of your concrete floor.


f you’re looking to spruce up the areas of your home or businesses with concrete surfaces this season, look no further than Steel Coated Floors of Indiana—leaders in the industry in quality processes, products and customer service.

Why Steel Coated Floors of Indiana? Steel Coated Floors of Indiana is a local, family-owned and -operated business that serves the greater Indianapolis area. Owners Aaron and Brady Shepard and their professional team beautify concrete surfaces with the highest-quality epoxy

coating on the market with a nationally backed 100% waterproof, 100% seamless lifetime guarantee. The founding franchisor is also family-owned and -operated and is based in Utah. According to the Shepards, Steel Coated Floors offers its franchisees monumental support and hands-on guidance throughout the entire process of opening and operating its franchises.

Family- and Community-Oriented Owners Aaron and Brady Shepard are longtime northside residents. Having moved from Carmel to Zionsville, the Shepards

are raising their three children and are active in the local community. Both Aaron and Brady coach for the Zionsville Little League as well. “We decided to start this new business during the past year,” Brady shared. “I had run my own [corporate] recruiting firm for the past few years that came to a screeching halt because nobody was hiring [due to the pandemic]. My business partner and I decided to take the summer [of 2020] off and focus on our families.” Aaron and Brady have always dreamed of running a business together. After researching a variety of franchise opportunities they became extremely intrigued with the idea of owning and operating an epoxy flooring business. They “fell in love” with the franchisor Steel Coated Floors and with their franchise model. “They started franchising in 2019 and are small enough that there’s no layers— meaning we can call the owners directly,” Brady said. “The owners are very savvy, hardworking and wonderful people. We officially launched Steel Coated Floors of Indiana in 2021.”

What Differentiates Steel Coated Floors From the Competition? If you enjoy a high-touch experience where you get to work directly with the owners, you will certainly appreciate working with the Shepards and their team of skilled professionals throughout the entire experience. “What differentiates us [from local competition] is our dedication to hightouch customer service in addition to being family-owned and -operated,” Brady expressed. “I literally am estimating every job—in person—doing the measuring and providing the quotes. We’re extremely competitively priced as well.”

The Benefits of a Steel Coated Floors System In addition to increasing the resale value of your home and beautifying your garage—making it an extension of your home—an epoxy floor also makes your job of “spring cleaning” easier and the floor surface more sanitary. “It provides a sanitary surface, free of bacteria and germs because you can disinfect the surface anytime you want


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by using a mixture of hot water and disinfecting soap,” Brady explained. “The franchise owners shared that they’ve seen people doing this throughout the pandemic—especially doctors and nurses who’ve been operating on high alert. They’re having their garage floors done because it was the one place they haven’t had control over [infection-wise] going from their car into their house.” Brady added, “We’re excited to help further beautify your home and make your garage an extension of your home. You’re going to realize that return on your investment when you go to sell it.”

The Installation and Curing Process After contacting the Shepards, receiving an estimate and scheduling the job start date, the start-to-finish time is just a matter of days. “Day one is a full preparation day,” Brady stated. “We diamond grind the entire surface of the concrete and hand grind all edges and cracks to prepare the concrete to accept the epoxy and for it

to adhere to the concrete. So, we patch, seal and caulk the entire surface area. On day two, it’s a final prep, and we apply the epoxy, which contains a moisture barrier, and then we add the fleck. The fleck provides durability as well as a nonslick surface. Then the third day is applying the clear coat. From day three, it takes another three to four days for the coating to properly cure, and then the owner can put their stuff back into their garage.” While there is a myriad of color choices for fleck and epoxy, Brady emphasized that people should keep it simple and recommends that they go with more neutral options for resale purposes. “We offer four standard combinations,” Brady said. “Two of them include a gray epoxy and two of them include a tan

epoxy that we keep in stock. We are happy to customize colors for an additional charge, but we don’t recommend other colors because some of the colors, like the reds, blues and greens, will fade with sunlight. The grays and tans will keep their integrity over time.” The Shepards and their crew are continuing to practice safe protocols—social distancing from customers and wearing appropriate gear to not only protect both the crew and owners from exposure to COVID-19 but also to protect the crew from dust and epoxy fumes. So, if you’re thinking about enhancing the appearance of your garage, showroom, etc., and making it a space that you’ll be proud to spend time in, don’t wait another day—contact the Shepards at Steel Coated Floors of Indiana and schedule your estimate! Call the Shepards at (317) 732-5201 or email at indiana@steelcoatedfloors.com for an estimate— today! And be sure to follow Steel Coated Floors of Indiana on Facebook and Instagram!

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Zionsville Showchoirs, Inc. Presents: F I N A L E ! Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

I am excited to report that this year’s Finale, presented by Zionsville Showchoirs, Inc. (ZSI), will offer its students both an opportunity to perform three LIVE shows at Star Bank Performing Arts Center and a livestream option for its audiences!


his annual fundraiser for the Zionsville Showchoirs was deeply impacted by the onset of the pandemic this time last year, and the lack of a “normal” school year took an emotional toll on the exceptional show choir kids and directors that pour their hearts and souls into their competition seasons, holiday home tours and, of course, the end of the year finale event that has become an annual tradition for many folks in our community. With that said, I spoke with ZSI co-directors Sam Chenoweth and Deana Broge about the journey to the end of

this year, the students’ incredible exhibition of perseverance and how we—the community—can help cap off this school year with a deafening applause and financial gifts to assist with next year’s show choir programs.

A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL The current plan that is awaiting final approval by the Boone County Health Department (subject to change) is for ZSI to host three live shows with limited seating and a livestream link that will run simultaneously with the live shows. Given that seating will be limited, the family members will likely want to see


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the performances in person, and the general public is encouraged to enjoy the shows from the comfort of their homes. But expect nothing less than a riveting production from the tech crew! “Right now, our plan is to have three live shows, knowing that our audiences will likely be limited or smaller than we normally have in a traditional year,” Broge shared. “But it’s definitely better than what we had last year, so we are very grateful for that!” The performance dates are Friday, May 14 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Chenoweth added, “We’re not going to download the livestream where it stays up [on the site] for ‘X’ amount of time. People will be able to tune in for one of the two shows and watch it at the same time as the live audiences. The price for tickets is the same for both the in-person and livestream shows to help with the fundraiser. We’ve got lots more video

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equipment—and multiple cameras for a variety of angles and close-ups—and it’s a pretty fancy rig they [the crew] have, so even if you purchase tickets for the livestream, it will be pretty impressive.”

ACKNOWLEDGING THE SILVER LININGS Broge expressed, “I think everyone is very grateful for an in-person concert, but I think, specifically, the seniors are very thankful that they can perform on stage again for people. I think we just need to really celebrate this crazy year with a—hopefully—very exciting finale weekend with their families. And we should celebrate their resilience through whatever was thrown at them. No matter how disappointed they’ve been, they’ve stayed on course and learned to adapt. Hopefully, they’re going to take some skills with them after high school on how to cope and adapt in other areas of their lives. I just can’t say enough about the senior class and

how hard they’ve worked to cultivate a sense of community for the other classmen throughout a pretty difficult year.” Chenoweth added, “They rose to the challenge in the same way they would have had we had a ‘traditional’ year and competition season. I think that took a lot of personal commitment on their parts when they could have just ‘checked out’ and said, ‘It is what it is,’ settling for mediocrity. But they didn’t settle for that.” I am personally calling on all of my readers to consider purchasing a ticket for either the in-person or livestream shows or to make a donation—no matter how large or small—and join me in supporting these remarkable students and

ensuring that they have the same or even more opportunities next year. And as Broge so eloquently stated, “It is a blessing to live in a community that continues to support the arts in all facets. The community supports these high-quality experiences for their kids even when they don’t have children in the programs. And we are so very grateful.” To purchase tickets, please visit zionsvillepac.org/ events. Tickets are advance purchase and are $17.50 for both in-person and livestreaming performances.

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Baseball … it’s an original American pastime. And while it may have different meanings to different people, the thing that makes it universal is that it supports and reflects many aspects of American life. And youth baseball, well … what better exemplifies life in “small-town America”?


spoke with coach Jered Moore, who is the head coach of Zionsville Community High School (ZCHS) Baseball, about what this season looks like as we are learning how to coexist with COVID-19. He shared what its been like for the student-athletes as well as the coaching staff with regard to training and playing. He also shared how proud he is of the varsity team’s ability to persevere and win the season opener against another exceptional team and tough rival, Carmel High School, with a 6-0 victory.

Finding a Silver Lining Moore, who also coaches with the Indiana Bulls, is proud of his ZCHS student

athletes, and we discussed how important it is that the kids know that their community continues to support their efforts and admirable work ethic. As many will recall, last year’s season was canceled due to the onset of the pandemic. “Last year, we graduated six players who lost their senior season, which is heartbreaking,” Moore said. “I felt so bad for them, especially the guys who were going to be on the varsity team. Early on [during the lockdowns], the kids were still working hard at baseball while restricted to their homes. So, even though they lost their [high school season], I think they carried that forward to their summer teams, and that helped them get through it. The ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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summer organizations still played last summer, so I was relieved that they didn’t lose a whole year.”

Returning to the Diamond Moore shared that one of this season’s challenges—aside from COVID-19 itself— has been training a large freshmen and sophomore group, and the fact that the kids went a whole year not playing as a team. “This past summer, a lot of our kids were highly ranked in different polls and rankings put out there,” Moore shared. “I knew we were going to have very talented kids, but not having played together as a team for a year, I knew it was going to be difficult going over a lot of the team aspects of the game.”

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Moore continued, “Other teams went through the same thing. We all needed time to play together, get to know one another on the field, so going into that first game was exciting because it had been so long since we had played, and it was exciting to see how it was all coming together.” The secondary challenge for Moore and the coaching staff was getting their players to come together on the field and learn how to work off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. No small task as the freshmen and sophomore groups are quite large this year. “We had 103 kids sign up, and by the time we got to tryouts, we had narrowed it down to around 89 [kids],” Moore shared. “Having that many kids together made it a little harder to work on individual skills, and we only have two weeks before our first game against Carmel. Carmel also has very good players, so we knew that they were going to be a very good team. It was nice getting in uniform and back out on the field again for a game.”

A Tradition of Producing Talent and Future “Hopefuls” Moore expressed that ZCHS has a talented team with several of them committed to playing at the collegiate level. “We are blessed to have a very talented team and at the varsity level—I’d say of the 21 roster players, 15 of them will go on to play college baseball,” Moore expressed. “Our power pitchers are a big reason why we have the rankings that we do. These pitchers go to showcases, and they light up the radar gun. And they don’t just throw hard—they can hit!” Moore shared a few of the top pitchers that represent the front part of the pitching rotation: Nate Dohm, Drew Dickson, Aidan Hatch, Jack Nelson, Zach Nehlsen and Elliott Rossell. “Nate is ranked one of the top pitchers in the state and has a very bright future,” Moore said. “He’s already committed to play at Ball State [University]. I know at the Carmel game and our second game he threw, and there were numerous pro scouts there watching him.”

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Zionsville—It’s Time to Rally! When asked how important the support from fans and the community are to the team, Moore replied, “As far as attendance is concerned, our community does a great job, and the kids love it when they look out there in our stands and they are packed. The support from our community is fantastic! I often talk to other coaches across the state, and they ask, ‘What are you guys doing differently?’ It’s not really what we’re doing but what’s being done at the younger ages. When you have success at the high school level, the young kids want to become a part of that in the future. So, when I see our young teams at Grand Park, Lions Park in Whitestown and Lions Park in Zionsville being successful at the younger age levels, that just carries forward to when they get into high school.” So, be sure to follow our ZCHS Baseball team this season, get your tickets to the games and join us in supporting our student-athletes while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of a beloved pastime at our local ballfields. ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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Rock On!

Zionsville’s Women of Rock Prove It’s Never To Late to

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

Calling all wannabe rock stars! It’s time to break out the faded tees, torn jeans, Aqua Net and bring back the art of headbanging. These ladies, whom many of you know from around town, are reminding us to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life” and that it’s never too late to scare ourselves and try something new. We Love Rock ’n’ Roll


id you know School of Rock Zionsville offers classes not only to students under 18 but also to students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience? As with most School of Rock music programs, the adult program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. I spoke with three members of School of Rock Zionsville’s first adult rock band that is comprised entirely of local women: Amber Nunes, Amanda Leet, Anya Jan-

eway, Ellie Brown, Jeanne Davis, Debbie Shook. The band’s instructor is none other than School of Rock Zionsville’s own Cyrus Youngman! Brown, Nunes and Leet shared the band’s backstory and the impact that being in a legit rock band has had on their lives and their families. “Amber had this inner drummer living in her that was dying to get out,” Brown shared. “Between the three of us, we have four kids who are in School of Rock. When Amber contacted us, it took me a millisecond to say ‘yes’ last October.” Nunes added, “It brought me joy—that image of me jamming in a band—and I thought, why not? Let’s do it! They [School of Rock Zionsville] had just opened their


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doors last October, and I knew about it through Ellie and Amanda’s kids being involved, and my kids signed up, so we all kind of knew each other. So, when I had the idea [of starting an adult band], I knew immediately that they [Ellie and Amanda] would probably do it. And they did!” Brown shared that when it came to figuring out who was going to play what instrument, she immediately opted for the lead vocal role. “I knew Amber was going to learn the drums, and then Amanda wanted to play lead guitar,” Brown said. “I was like, ‘I’m not doing anything but singing! I can sing, and that’s all I’m going to do.’ I’m not trying out for ‘American Idol’ anytime soon, but I’m not going to make your ears bleed! And we needed a bass player, so with my sister-in-law in mind, I texted her, and her response was ‘Hell yeah— I was born to rock!’” Brown shared that the group began with the four aforementioned ladies and a couple more women who the group new peripherally, and so they added a keys player and a background vocal to their mix. She pointed out that prior to creating the band, none of these women had experience or musical training in these instruments and vocals whatsoever. The group practices together once a week at School of Rock Zionsville for a few hours and independently a few more hours. Their first song that they jammed to was “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” by Joan Jett, and while they are still developing their official band name, the group has already performed live just this last February with more performance dates on the horizon.

Dare to Dream Big and Live Outside Your Comfort Zone The lesson that I’ve learned from these extraordinary and fun ladies is that you have to dare yourself to try new things, even if it scares you. Life is short. Too short not to enrich your life and advocate for your own self-care. “I’d sit in the parking lot waiting for my kids to finish their [music] lessons and would think to myself, ‘Why are they

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having all the fun?’” Leet said. “So, when Amber texted and said, ‘Let’s do this,’ there was no hesitation from me. I found my inner rock star. I’ve always been a huge advocate for modeling the right behavior for your kids, and if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others? Despite the hours of hard work and practice that we put into the band, I come back more invigorated, and I know I am a better wife, mom and daughter.” Nunes shared that these local women of rock focus on playing songs written and performed by pioneering artists like Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks and Lita Ford. “We share this notion that you can do anything,” Nunes said. “Ask yourself what are you afraid of and just go for it. It’s an important concept, and music is very much a stress reliever and uniter of people. We try to channel that energy from those that came before us, and it makes us want to do even better and include more women in that mission.”

Nunes added, “From a mental health perspective, it is important to find that energy and creative outlets—that’s healthy. We also have to set examples for other people.” Leet pointed out that the outlets provided by School of Rock Zionsville are every bit as important to young people who are searching for their “community.” “There are a lot of kids who are just trying to find a community, and maybe sports aren’t their thing,” Leet stated. “I would say my community was my team at work and my college friends, but it’s never too late to make new friends, new connections and build meaningful relationships. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”

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in Carmel! But wait—there’s more! School of Rock Carmel will also be featuring their adult (co-ed) rock band that night! NO COVER and it’s guaranteed to be a ball— a headbangers’ ball! Brown concluded, “It’s outdoors, so grab a table or stand around and enjoy some great music and doing something different and fun!”

ZIONSVILLE WOMEN OF ROCK MEMBERS: Amber Nunes: Drum Amanda Leet: Lead Guitar Anya Janeway: Bass Guitar Ellie Brown: Lead Vocals Jeanne Davis: Keys

Come out and support these brave women of rock who will be performing live for our pleasure on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Brewing Company

Debbie Shook: Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Percussion

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