Issue 2 2015 • MK Spark The Magazine of Meridian~Kessler

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The Magazine of Meridian•Kessler


spark The Magazine of Meridian•Kessler


ISSUE TWO • May June July 2015 Published quarterly by MKNA • Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association, a volunteer nonprofit organization representing residents, businesses, schools, faith-based institutions and service groups. The Association’s objectives include

Enhancing Livability • Make the neighborhood more walkable and bike-friendly, develop infrastructure plans and support crime prevention efforts. Promoting Growth & Capital Investment • Support the Midtown TIF District and drive redevelopment opportunities.

Advocating to City Government • Develop the neighborhood’s long term land use plan and promote compliance with community values. Communicating • Organize community meetings where critical neighborhood issues are addressed, host business and clergy breakfasts and publish community newsletters. Partnering with Community Stakeholders • Support the work of organizations serving youth and seniors. Preserving Historic Qualities • Prioritize neighborhood beautification efforts and promote commitment to historic architecture. spark: The Magazine of Meridian~Kessler is edited by Caroline Farrar, Nick Colby, Christopher Vice. Designed by Christopher Vice. Printed by Faulkenberg Printing Company. © MKNA 2015

Destination MK / Along the Monon Trail MK Place and Space: Teardowns The MK Urban Homesteader: Bees MK Photo Contests

Dancing Donuts New Bridal Businesses Visit for more features, timely news, events calendar and local neighborhood business directory. Feature articles in this magazine are also published online.

MK Home Tour on June 5—7 MKNA is 50

Archiving our History

College Avenue Developments On the cover / College Avenue and 46th Street. Early 1930s drawing by Leslie F. Ayres for architects Pierre and Wright. Pierre and Wright also designed a Kroger store on the southwest corner of East Tenth Street and Drexel (in Emerson Heights neighborhood), and it is unclear whether the drawing above was for that site or College Avenue, or both. Original image from the Pierre and Wright Architectural Collection, University Libraries, Ball State University.


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Submit news and events. MKNA All Neighborhood Meeting The annual Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association All Neighborhood Meeting will be held Thursday, May 14 at Basile Opera Center in Historic Washington Park, 4011 North Pennsylvania Street. Refreshments and pizza from BeBop Pizza Kitchen will be served at 6:00pm and the meeting commences at 6:30pm. The agenda features a panel discussion on the benefits of Conservation Districts. Paul Diebold, author of “The History and Architecture of Meridian-Kessler” will serve as moderator. Panelists include Indiana Landmarks president Marsh Davis, Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission administrator David Baker and licensed Realtor Christine Freiman. During the meeting, election of the new MKNA Board of Directors for 2015-2016 will take place. Information tables will include Marion County Voter Registration and a display of the Draft of the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Plan for a new zoning overlay. Public comments on the Plan are welcome. Also learn about volunteer opportunities for the MK Home & Garden Tour on June 5-7 and other MKNA activities.



Your feedback needed— Draft of the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Plan released for public comment For the past three years, a group of neighborhood volunteers along with the City’s Department of Planning have been developing a plan to update the old 1978 Meridian-Kessler Plan to guide future land use development for decades to come. The plan focuses on important “character areas” within Meridian-Kessler. These critical areas include College Avenue from 38th St. to Kessler, Winthrop Ave. from 54th to 46th & the Monon Trail, 38th Street from the State Fairgrounds to Meridian St., 49th & Penn, Central Avenue from 42nd to 46th, and Meridian Street from 38th to 40th.


Senior Staff Planner of the city of Indianapolis Keith Holdsworth has asked MKNA to gather feedback from residents before the Plan is presented for city approval. The Plan and Land Use Map is on display at the College Avenue Branch Library until June 15 and is also published on the MKNA website. On the website you may post comments for each section of the document. Additionally, the documents will be available for review and comment at the upcoming MKNA All-Neighborhood Meeting scheduled on Thursday, May 14 at the Basile Opera Center. Chief Hite announces new North District Commander Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Chief Richard Hite appointed Major Christopher Bailey, to the rank of Commander and assigned him as the North District Commander. Major Bailey recently served as the Assistant Investigations Division Commander. Major Bailey joined the police department in 1999 and has served in various roles during his career, including, Public Information Officer, Downtown District Crime Specialist, Gang Unit Commander, and Detective/Sergeant in both the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Narcotics Branch. Major Bailey is a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2010 graduate of the IMPD Leadership Academy. Chief Hite would like to publicly thank Commander Koppel for his nearly 5 years of dedicated service to the community, and for his leadership on North District. Commander Koppel’s talents and experience will be utilized in his new assignment in the Administration Division. North District Police host community day Meet our local law enforcement team on June 18, 2015 in Broad Ripple Park from 11am to 2pm. Activities include educational and wellness booths, games & prizes, music by Sam Ash. Meet representatives of IMPD specialty units including Bomb Squad, SWAT, Mounted Horse Patrol and Motorcycle Unit. For additional information contact

From 38th to Kessler Boulevard. From Meridian to the Monon. We are a community of residents (younger & older), homes (from multi-unit to mansions and everything in between), local businesses (larger & smaller, established & emerging), schools (public & private) and a variety of faith–based communities.

MKNA Beginnings In the spring of 1965, the first AfricanAmerican family moved into the Meridian Kessler neighborhood. Heartened by Civil Rights advances and the prospect of a Fair Housing Act, Rev. Gerald Johnson of the (then) Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church, encouraged a group of residents “deeply devoted to our area and to justice” to discuss the formation of a neighborhood group which would: • Establish relationships between all neighbors and provide services • Monitor zoning codes and housing laws • Support neighborhood schools • Provide adequate municipal services for all residents In early meetings there was prolonged discussion about the boundaries of the proposed new neighborhood. The south and west boundaries were not debatable (38th and Meridian Streets, respectively), because they adjoined existing organized neighborhoods. However, the northen boundary was difficult to determine. At first it was set at 46th Street, then tentatively moved to 54th Street. By the time the constitution and by-laws were finalized, however, those who maintained that a larger group of residents would be more effective politically, succeeded in getting the boundary extended north to Kessler Boulevard. The name of the new association, based on two of the boundary streets, was coined at that time. Large posters were distributed to the area shopping corners inviting everyone to the first general meeting on June 2, 1965.

Dear Neighbors, As recently as the 1950s, College Avenue was served by the City’s electric street car system, transporting residents of Meridian~Kessler downtown and beyond. While the street cars long ago faded to the rise in automobile popularity, much of College Avenue’s functional design as a transit corridor remains today. Under the Indy Connect transit plan, College Avenue will again serve our community’s transportation needs with the Red Line running rapid transit buses from 38th Street to 96th Street. This summer, the City’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will be studying the proposed stops in Meridian~Kessler at 38th, 46th and 54th. As a result of this proposed plan, MKNA has spent the past several years focusing on the business nodes along College Avenue and working to ensure these areas are vital nodes with mixtures of amenities. Check out the sidebar Restoring a Transit Corridor for a brief update on the exciting things we are seeing on the horizon. Nick Colby, MKNA President MK is social! Join in on all the networks.

Restoring a Transit Corridor 49th and College Neighbors who have been patiently awaiting the redevelopment of the northwest corner have something to look forward to. In the coming months, we are expecting a proposal from the property’s owner and developer. Though the specifics remain unknown, the planning efforts undertaken by MKNA and other area stakeholders call for a mixed use of retail, residential and possibly office space. 46th and College Designed in the 1930s by the noted Indianapolis architectural firm Pierre & Wright, the building on the southeast corner was the first self-service Kroger grocery stores outside of their Cincinnati headquarters. Having been vacant for over a year since the closing of the Double 8 Foods, the building was recently sold to an affiliate of local developer PK Properties. While no definitive plans for a tenant are in place, we understand several inquiries have been made, and we are optimistic about the potential. In a recent interview with the Indianapolis Business Journal, PK Properties Senior Vice President of Development, Wes Podell said “Building upon the strength of Meridian~Kessler, we believe 46th and College has great future potential.” We couldn’t agree more! On the southwest corner, the former Speedway gas station continues to sit vacant. The underground storage tanks were removed and the soil was remediated a few years ago, making this site “shovel ready” for non-residential development. MKNA has spoken to Speedway about marketing this property for sale, and we understand that is planned for the near future. 42nd and College Originally opened in 1921 as the Prather Masonic Temple, the large building on the northwest corner has been home to the Church of Christ for 45 years. In recent months MKNA has had several discussions with the church regarding how we can assist them in making necessary improvements to the building to attract a retail tenant to the street level space. Preliminary work is underway to investigate grant opportunities and other funding assistance that would be available to restore this historic building.



Indianapolis Public Library and Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association are partnering to create a digital archive of a vast trove of MKNA newsletters. Through the last 50 years, the MKNA newsletter has served as a vital source of news to neighbors. In the not-so-distant days before websites, email and Facebook, the newsletter was the chief communication tool to inform and engage residents, local businesses, churches and service organizations. Browsing through past issues reveals the evolution of the volunteer association, the civic and economic challenges of the day, the climate and texture of the business community and the identities of neighborhood personalities. An online archive of the newsletter would provide a special resource to those interested in researching local history. The digital collections of the Indianapolis Public Library began in 2004 with the Artifacts at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis collection. Over the next ten years the Public Library Digitization Team developed the collections, adding collections including recordings of James Whitcomb Riley reading his poems, videos and photographs from the Firefighters Museum and the Indianapolis Postcard Collection.


In 2012, the Library launched the Community Digitization Project as an exploratory partnership between the Indianapolis Public Library, Indiana Historical Society, IUPUI University Library, and the Indiana State Library. Since late 2014, Meaghan Fukunaga has served as Digitization Manager at the Indianapolis Public Library. Meaghan develops the digital collection by adding materials from the Indianapolis community as well as drawing on the Public Library’s own collections, engaging in outreach services, and redesigning the digital collections website. The purpose of these collections is to provide access to digital images and recordings of cultural and historical interest to Indianapolis residents as well as students, researchers and others. The Library offers these collections to allow free access to digital versions of increasingly valuable, fragile and hard-to-use originals. These originals are scanned adding identifying information such as a title, description, and date to facilitate search. Then the scans are made freely and publicly available through the library’s website. Begin exploring the digital collections by visiting

In 1990, MKNA distributed 6,500 bins launching the first weekly neighborhoodwide recycling program. Under the leadership of Terri Brown, MKNA secured grants including $10,000 from Indianapolis Department of Public Works for the start-up fees. 5,000+ hours of volunteer time were invested and $50,000 of in–kind contributions were collected. The program was cited in the IPS 4th grade social studies textbook. The Mayor, Governor and news media lauded MKNA’s initiative.




THE UR BAN HOME STEAD ER Beekeeping is a traditional homesteading activity that dates back to long before there were any homesteads. Before there were any beekeepers, early humans harvested honey from hives they found in the wild. The earliest records of harvesting honey are 15,000 year-old cave paintings! As hunter–gatherer cultures evolved to agrarian cultures, structures as simple as hollow logs and clay pots were provided for bees to build their hives in so that the hives would be in predictable and convenient locations and new wild hives wouldn’t have to constantly found. This was the beginning of beekeeping and for thousands of years beekeeping remained about the same. This style of beekeeping had one major drawback in that the hive had to be destroyed in order to harvest the honey. It wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that hives with moveable comb were developed.

But why would anyone mess around with bees and risk being stung? The answer is pretty simple, for millennia bees and beekeeping have been all about the honey! Honey is really, really good and, as turns out, very good for you. It has more protein than red meat, is the only food produced by insects that humans consume, has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties, reportedly reduces allergies to local pollens and never spoils. In fact, when Alexander the Great died far from home, his body was transported in honey to preserve it for the trip home.


The Urban Homesteader is a regular feature about values and practices that hark back to days when people (country and city folks alike) were more resource–wise, less wasteful and more self-sufficient. We’ll explore why MK represents a sweet spot for those who desire to live an urban homesteader lifestyle. We’ll learn about a variety of environmentally aware practices like vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, composting, rain water harvesting, soap making, beekeeping, food preserving and forms of energy conserving that are becoming hallmarks of the 21st century ‘back to the city’ movement. The Urban Homesteader is guest edited by Andrew Brake, Anne Collins and David Stuckert, owners of Agrarian located in MK at 661 East 49th Street.

Today, beekeeping is still about the honey, but it is also about the crucial role bees play in pollination. Bees directly pollinate about a third of all flower and fruit crops and indirectly pollinate 80% of all food crops. Since we are losing 30% to 50% of all of our bees each year, many urban beekeepers are now more focused on the role bees play in pollination than on the honey. The loss of bees necessitates farmers renting bees to pollinate their crops. In California alone 1.5 million hives are trucked in each year to pollinate the almond trees and in Japan they actually had to have workers with two-haired brushes pollinate fruit tree blossoms by hand. The heavy loss of bees is being partially mitigated by the increase in urban beekeeping. Hives are appearing everywhere – on top of luxury hotels downtown, on Mass Avenue and all over the Meridian~Kessler neighborhood— and there’s even an annual “bee school” where new beekeepers can begin their beekeeping experience. We asked a local urban beekeeper, Sarah Grain, how she got involved in beekeeping. “One of my best friends is an urban beekeeper in Indianapolis and inspired me with his love of beekeeping. My family consumes an astronomical amount of honey, and as I already kept a garden and fruit trees, the natural next step was for me to be more involved in honey production. Of course, honey was the draw, but that opened me up to a deeper understanding of the role honeybees play in food security and native plant growth. I now feel that it is my responsibility as a citizen to assist with pollination through beekeeping. I also began to just marvel at the wonderful secret life of the honeybee, and for me, quietly observing the honeybees work is therapeutic and stress-relieving.” Many would–be urban beekeepers are held back by their concern that keeping bees in an urban neighborhood might harm their children, pets and neighbors. We asked Sarah how she manages with her three small children.

“I have 3-year old twins and a 5–year old. My children feel very comfortable near the beehives and like to quietly watch the bees on sunny days when they buzz to and fro. They know that a bee will bump into you before it stings, and if they feel a little tap, to simply step out of the way. I have a bee suit for my 5–year old daughter, but she would rather watch quietly 2—3 feet from the hive without her suit on when I have the hive open. The children know that bees only sting to protect themselves or the hive, and our role as beekeepers is to disappear so the bees don’t feel threatened. I like to give the children jobs. The small ones fill up the birdbath with water for the bees, and my older daughter switches out the sugar water at the front of the hive. She likes feeling grown up and helping in a meaningful way. “ And what about her neighbors? How have they reacted? “We originally situated our hives about five feet away from the fenceline, next to the sidewalk where children and their families walk every day back and forth from Bertha Ross Park. I loved working with the bees on warm summer days and was surprised that neighbors felt so comfortable to stop, lean over the fence and watch, amazed, as I lifted up the frames one by one. One day, a six-year old boy was walking with his caretaker, and he stayed for nearly a half an hour asking the most wonderful questions and staring with wide eyes. Finally, he turned to her and said slowly and pleadingly, “I want to do that.” It was a beautiful moment and opened my eyes to the healing impact of honeybees.” As we talk to more and more beekeepers it becomes clear that they may initially begin beekeeping for the honey but that there are many more rewards that ultimately become more important to them than the honey. Like Sarah, they feel that beekeeping becomes almost a civic duty…and the honey sure is sweet! LEARN MORE about bees and beekeeping by reading an expanded version of this article online at


PLACE AND SPACE Meridian-Kessler contains a treasure trove of late 19th Century and early 20th Century eye-appealing homes. Each showcases unique artistic expression and architectural style. One of the greatest threats to Meridian-Kessler, and other urban neighborhoods nationwide, is teardowns: the demolition of an older, single-family home that is replaced with a larger single-family home. According to The National Association of Home Builders, more than 75,000 houses are demolished each year and replaced with larger houses, and the phenomenon is affecting more than 300 communities in 33 states. The negative effects of these teardowns include the loss of irreplaceable architectural features, loss of the character of a neighborhood, economic costs, environmental impacts, and changes in neighborhood demographics. Many communities, including some in Indianapolis, are preserving the character and architectural significance of their neighborhoods by connecting builders, property owners and city planners to determine what is best for both public and private interests before construction begins. In Holladay, Utah, a smaller home is razed to make way for a larger home. Because a permit is needed to completely demolish a home down to the foundation, a few walls are left standing. (Photo by Doug White, Flickr Commons)

MK Place and Space is a regular feature column dedicated to the exploration of ideas on what makes Meridian~Kessler special as a built community. We encourage relevant conversations on architecture, urban planning and design, development and redevelopment, conservation and preservation. We invite ideas that contribute to how we shape our notions of our places and spaces. We publish research, case studies, projects, opinions and interviews. MK Place and Space is edited by Kim Kourany, Mary Owens, Nick Colby and Christopher Vice. Please share your ideas for future columns. Email suggestions to

Academic researchers, planners and preservationists have conducted numerous studies to determine which homes are most likely to be torn down or changed beyond recognition and replaced with a larger home. One factor consistent in this research is that older, smaller homes on bigger lots are most frequently targeted for demolition and redevelopment. Developers or single-family property owners desire the convenience of a walkable neighborhood with the living space, features and style of suburban homes. According to Suzanne Lanyi Charles, assistant professor of Architecture at Northeastern University, school district quality, property size, property tax rates and a house’s age are significant contributors in determining the likelihood that a home will be targeted for demolition. Meridian-Kessler residents have seen this phenomenon first-hand. Families with school-age children desire good schools, like Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Center for Inquiry #84, where there is typically a waiting list comprised of dozens of future kindergarteners. Those who live within an approximate one mile radius of the school are given priority in the admissions process. Others are interested in the parochial school options (e.g., Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Joan of Arc schools) within Meridian-Kessler and nearby private schools. Because several Meridian-Kessler neighborhoods also feature large lots—some of which contain modest homes that were built nearly 100 years ago— it is ripe for teardowns. Teardowns are detrimental to Meridian-Kessler for several reasons. Loss of architectural detail tops the list. Old homes were built by craftsmen, who spent months or years creating the interior and exterior details. They used materials like old growth hardwoods that homebuilders could rarely find today, let alone afford. (Environmentalists would also shutter at the thought of using old growth trees for new construction.) Sculptors carved limestone fireplaces and entryways. Many roofs were made of slate and tile. Windows


made by carpenters often stand 100 years later with their shimmering “wavy” glass. When homes are demolished or gutted, those irreplaceable architectural features are gone forever. Today’s building practices are much different. Property owners can download a picture of a home from the internet and hire a contractor to build it. Big Box Stores offer inexpensive materials that are often prefabricated, not crafted by artisans. When buildings are erected in this manner, the property owner gets what she wants and the builder makes a profit, but often the impact to the neighborhood or to the neighbors is overlooked. A conscientious property owner, builder or architect considers the broader impact of a structure within its surrounding context. Architects are trained not only in how things should be built, but also what makes a structure pleasing. For instance, they consider the fenestration of a building, the placement and proportion of windows and doors. No matter what the style of architecture—whether it be Craftsman, Queen Anne, Georgian or Modern—the exterior was designed with purpose, and the architect considered the place, or context, in which the home was built. Context helps ensure the neighborhood is “livable” by ensuring proper distance from the street and neighbors (setback), adequate backyards, privacy and sunlight. The economic impact of teardowns is evidenced by what is often called the “Rule of Three.” (i.e., A replacement house is often three times the size and three times the price of its predecessors.) Thus, teardowns eliminate small homes that are often inhabited by couples with no children, first-time home buyers, single professionals, or retirees. Large homes replace them, which are typically intended for families. The large homes change the demographic of the neighborhood by forcing out lower income groups and replacing them with wealthier families. “The workmen who built Meridian-Kessler homes were building a product that was sought after at different price points, so people at a variety of household incomes could afford them,” explains Vera Adams, assistant professor at Ball State University’s Urban Planning Department. “Meridian Street has large homes on large lots. Washington Boulevard has good-sized lots and houses, and Park Avenue has two bedroom, two bath wood frame houses. This mixture is very healthy for a neighborhood.” Some, who cite increasing property values as beneficial to all, might consider new, larger, more expensive homes in Meridian-Kessler a good thing. However, diversity is desirable, and it’s a key contributor to the character of the neighborhood. Ironically, character is

Stretching to the edges of the property lines, this so-called “McMansion” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, towers over other neighborhood homes. (Photo by Daniel Jeffries, Flickr Commons)

often the primary factor that makes Meridian-Kessler appealing to residents in the first place.“These remodels,” Adams said, “probably contribute to the devaluation of the environmental quality of the neighborhood.” Indianapolis, like other cities, has building codes in place that address setback, lot coverage, drainage, demolitions, and numerous other issues that builders must follow by law. If a builder or property owner’s plans differ from current code, they may petition the city for a variance, and the planners will listen to arguments for and against the variance. Petitioners are required to post large, orange yard signs indicating a public hearing will be held to evaluate the case. At the hearing, the public may speak for, or remonstrate against, the variance. “City planners have a vision, a future plan, for a neighborhood,” said Adams, “and they generally try to adhere to the rules to see that vision to reality. Variances are not all bad or ill intentioned,” Adams continued, “The important thing is that builders work within the law and request a variance before the work is done. When builders construct a home or an addition that is not allowed under the code and request a variance after the work is done, they act dishonorably. A collaborative review process, on the other hand, is beneficial to all.” According to Adams, city planning is a political process too. Politics can affect the interpretation of the code, who has final authority when parties disagree, and the amount of latitude a planning director may have. Sometimes political issues restrict the amount of control the planner has. “Ultimately, planning is a very complex legal process,” emphasized Adams, “and all stakeholders should be involved to ensure their arguments are considered during the process.” Teardowns also have a negative impact on the environment. Demolition debris, including the irreplaceable architectural features, goes

to the landfill. Older homes often contain lead paint, asbestos, mercury, solvents and treated wood which are all hazardous to the environment and to construction workers, if not handled and disposed of properly. Then those dangerous chemicals get into our water supply. “The EPA estimates that 115 pounds of waste is generated per square foot for residential demolition….Thus, the demolition of a 2,000 square foot home results in 230,000 pounds of waste. Since approximately 245,000 homes are demolished each year, it is estimated that 19.7 million tons of waste is generated by the demolition of these homes.” Older homes also contain tremendous embodied energy—the energy that has been spent on its construction, including the energy it required to extract, process, deliver and install the materials. Thus, preserving them makes sense. Demolishing historic homes discards the embodied energy stored in the house; then more energy is used to teardown the home; and still more energy is used to build a new house. Saving older homes from demolition is actually more Green than tearing down an older home and building a LEED certified home in its place. (LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.) If you include embodied energy in energy savings calculations, when a builder knocks down an older home and replaces it with a new, energy-efficient home, it takes 13 years to recoup the lost energy (provided the houses are the same size.) However, most replacement homes are two or three times bigger. Doubling the size of the home makes recouping the energy savings take 28 years.

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Charles’ research looked at 120 inner-ring suburbs in Chicago between 2000 and 2010 that had experienced high numbers of teardowns. Her research found that once one CONTINUED on next page


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small, older home is demolished and a new, bigger one replaces it, others feel empowered to do the same because the precedent has been set. Investors follow suit, and the landscape of a neighborhood starts to change rapidly. “Developers also revealed that they preferred to undertake teardowns in areas where ones had already taken place, leading to the spatial clustering or contagion effect. They cite the increased profitability of these latter projects, as well as the decreased financial risk once the local real estate market demonstrated that it would accept the more expensive redeveloped properties as motivating factors. In some cases, developers created their own clusters of redevelopment by undertaking several teardowns in one neighborhood. Many undertook these projects in the neigh-

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borhoods in which they lived, bolstering their reputations as real estate developers by demonstrating their own investment in the neighborhood.” Development and change are important for all communities in order to remain relevant. Hiring an American Institute of Architects (AIA) member architect helps ensure that new buildings and additions compliment the neighborhood and promote walkability. Proper planning, resources, and expertise are needed to ensure responsible development occurs without changing the face of historic neighborhoods or stifling growth. City planners, neighbors, builders, architects, business owners, religious and social organizations and other stakeholders must communicate early in the planning process and work together to achieve responsible growth and development. Restoring homes in Meridian-

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Kessler responsibly is in the best interest of the community, the environment, and its residents. It has been done successfully in communities in nearly every state, especially those neighborhoods with guidelines and review processes in place that promote walkable, desirable neighborhoods. LEARN MORE about historic conservation by attending the MKNA All Neighborhood Meeting The agenda features a panel discussion on the benefits of Conservation Districts. Paul Diebold, author of “The History and Architecture of Meridian-Kessler” will serve as moderator. Thursday, May 14 at Basile Opera Center in Historic Washington Park, 4011 North Pennsylvania Street. Refreshments and pizza from BeBop Pizza Kitchen will be served at 6:00pm and the meeting commences at 6:30pm.

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Submit news and events. Raphael Health Center Listens to the Needs of the Health Care Community Located at 401 East 34th Street on the corner of Central Avenue, Raphael Health Center has been a part of Mid-North and Mapleton Fall Creek Communities since 1996. Raphael provides many on-going, outreach opportunities such as health fairs; blood pressure clinics; discounted Mammography exams; “Garden on the Go” and “Miracle on 34th Street”, slated for September this year. Raphael Health Center is a Patient Centered Medical Home. It’s a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and meets rigorous,

quality measures continuously in treating patients. Raphael Health Center is accountable for meeting each patient’s physical and mental health care needs including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care. This requires a team of care providers— doctors, nurses and professional staff— who are trained to listen and care. Among its many services, Raphael offers Family Practice Medical, Dental, Behavioral Health, financial counseling, Marketplace Insurance enrollment and links its teams to other providers and services in the community to complete the care for the patient. This is a relationship–based approach to medicine with an orientation toward the complete care for the person(s) being served. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respect for each person’s unique

needs, culture, values and preferences. Raphael Health Center actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, Raphael ensures they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans. Raphael offers a state of the art facility with all of the latest equipment needed to treat patients with the utmost excellence and compassion available. It accepts same-day appointments and has recently extended hours to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Newly appointed CEO Dee Roudebush “looks forward to Raphael continuing to be an integral part of the community and expanding as we identify ways we can better serve our neighbors.”


Along th Monon Trail

Des na on MK reserve a room, solve a software problem, heat your home, join a tech community, imbibe a local brew, board your pooch, binge on brunch, savor your antipasti al fresco, sell your vinyl, tune up your two–speed, go antiquing, experience exquisite bridal couture, brighten your bath, buy a bushel of veggies and eat some bbq, pick a posie, flatten your abs, find fresh fettuccine, devour a dirty donut… From 38th Street to Kessler Boulevard— the Monon Trail serves as the eastern boundary of MK. Heard about the exploding growth of a collaborative entrepreneurial creativity–driven digital technology community that has emerged in Indianapolis? Read a review of a great restaurant or unique boutique in midtown Indianapolis? Or maybe a friend keeps telling you about that cool emerging area called SoBro? Chances are that they are talking about the area around 54th and the Monon Trail. Just remember, when you are this far south of Broad Ripple, you are in Meridian~Kessler.



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Vibes Music


TCC Software Solutions


Bicycle Exchange


Northern Comfort Systems


Surroundings Antiques

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M.H. Pomander’s / Erin Young


The Speak Easy


Reece Kitchens / Ferguson


Bent Rail Brewery


Locally Grown Gardens


Good Dog Hotel & Spa


Posh Petals


Good Morning Mama’s Cafe

18 So.Be.Fit


Knox Paracord (on Etsy)


Nicole–Taylor’s Pasta & Market


Mama Carolla’s Italian Restaurant


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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Home of MKNA Offices 526 East 52nd Street The Board of the Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association meets monthly in the Community Room of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited to attend. Visit our website for meeting dates and times.

Meridian~Kessler Hot Spots

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Central to the Monon Trail 42nd Street to 38th Street

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Chad Thompson ///

Central to the Monon Trail 46th Street to 42nd Street

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Chris Warren ///

Central to the Monon Trail 54th Street to 46th Street

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Nancy Waite ///

Central to the Monon Trail Kessler Boulevard to 54th Street

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Meridian to Central 42nd Street to 38th Street

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Indianapolis Opera, Basile Opera Center 4011 N Pennsylvania Street The Indianapolis Opera company performs all over the city but they call MK home. Dont’t miss out on their Lobster Palooza event on Saturday, July 18

College Avenue Branch, Indianapolis Public Library 4180 N College Avenue In 2000 the $2.674 million dollar College Avenue Branch opened. The 16,000 square-foot facility houses 62,000 items and offers off-street parking, meeting room and improved access for patrons with physical disabilities.

The 42nd Annual Meridian~Kessler Twilight Party & Home Tour June 5-7, 2015 Get involved ! Volunteer ! Bihl Beckstedt, Chair. Contact us to learn more

watercolor paintings of tour homes provided by artist Barbara MangusHopkins. visit her website! LIVE ~ WORK ~ SHOP ~ PLAY ~ LEARN ~ GROW IN MK


The 42nd Annual Meridian~Kessler Twilight Party & Home Tour June 5-7, 2015

dance at twilight on Friday, then bike Don’t miss the largest and longest running tour of vintage homes in Indiana. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Meridian~Kessler is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Well-maintained homes with historic charm are nestled within a diverse walkable community.

Founded in 1973, The Home & Garden Tour was created to promote the history and unique architecture of the neighborhood. Today, the Tour is an important part of the fundraising efforts of the MeridianKessler Neighborhood Association. Ticket sales and sponsorships are reinvested in the neighborhood and helps ensure that our community continues to thrive.


the tour on Saturday and Sunday. Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of MKNA, we’ll kick-off the weekend on Friday night with the annual Twilight Party.

We’re kicking it old–school this year. Remember the Twilight Parties in years past when you lost track of time? When you ate delicious food and danced the night away? When you connected with old and new friends and bonded those life-long relationships? We do and we want to revive those experiences! The Twilight Party will be held in the streets of the historic Forest Hills district of Meridian~Kessler. The evening will begin with tours of three amazing homes and gardens. Once you’ve settled in, we’ll feast on cuisine from some of our neighborhood restaurants including Bent Rail Brewery, Delicia, The Jazz Kitchen, Julia’s Homestyle & Caribbean Cuisine, Just Pop-In!, Northside Kitchenette, Pat’s Philly Pretzels and Yat’s with beverages from Upland Brewery & SoBro Liquors. We’re also hosting a Silent Auction featuring thousands of dollars worth of items generously donated by local residents and businesses around the neighborhood, city, state and country. Auction proceeds fund our grant program. To date, MKNA has redistributed tens of thousands of dollars to schools, social services and other local groups in need. Then it’s time to dance the night away. After warming up with some DJ spins, we’ll start blasting the party with a performance by MK residents The Burning Mules. If you’ve never been to one of their shows, you’ve been missing out. We’ll enjoy their unique Rockabilly style of original material and some cover songs performed the way they should’ve been done in the first place.

The Day Tour • Saturday and Sunday • Who can think of a better way to spend a late–spring weekend in Indianapolis than taking in the beauty and diversity of our beloved MeridianKessler neighborhood? We can’t and we ask you to join us for this fun and historic event. Leave the car at home; pedal the tour and use our bike racks at every home on the day tour. This year the Home Tour is dedicated to showcasing all eight zones within Meridian~Kessler’s boundaries— From 38th to Kessler. From Meridian to the Monon. Homes were selected not just for their superb design and architectural elements, but to highlight a wide variety of homes from DIY bungalows & cottages to professionally decorated manors. As a demonstration that our neighborhood is accessible, the tour includes homes of all shapes and sizes! Visit our website to see all of the homes on the tour. Also, our website features answers to many of the frequently asked questions about the tour.

A Community Effort • The MK Home & Garden Tour is truly a neighborhood event— neighbors opening their homes to neighbors— all organized by neighbors in support of the mission of our neighborhood association. The Meridian~Kessler Neighborhood Association couldn’t be effective without the support of residents and businesses within our community. There are many opportunities to be involved in this cherished event. If you’d like to become a sponsor, donate something for the Silent Auction or volunteer as a docent at one of the tour homes, please let us know. Email us at


Ticket Information

Tickets on sale May 1 online at and at select local merchants TWILIGHT TOUR • FRIDAY, JUNE 5 advance ticket purchases required $ 75 per person includes tour, dinner & cash bar DAY TOUR • SATURDAY/SUNDAY • JUNE 6+7 $ 15 in advance $ 20 at the door, on the tour

a taste of some of the homes on tour

Jennifer Jefferis & Brad Woods TWILIGHT TOUR • 810 East 57 Street

Drs. Katrina & David Seitz TWILIGHT TOUR • 5701 Carrollton Avenue

Tom Myers & Jeff Ramsey DAY TOUR • 3956 Central Avenue

Jill & Ray Wojtalik DAY TOUR • 5727 Broadway Terrace


Thanks to our Sponsors MANOR SPONSOR Citizens Energy Group FARM HOUSE SPONSOR Indianapolis Power & Light California Closets BUNGALOW SPONSOR Colby Equipment FC Tucker & Co., Inc. Reese/Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting COTTAGE SPONSORS Architectural Antiques of Indianapolis Bly Bennett, Inc. • Bokay Florist • Classic Cleaners Delicia & LaMulitaForesight Financial Management Hoskins Interior Design • Jenni Egger Designs Lowe’s Home Improvement Matt McLaughlin & Associates Real Estate Penn Shell Automotive • Pete’s Service Center Ping’s Tree Service • The Sinking Ship The Sommerville Team Real Estate Sullivan Hardware & Garden

Kim & Paul Green TWILIGHT TOUR • 5850 Carrollton Avenue

Tony Davey & Dennis Benge, Third Floor Suzuki Academy, First Floor DAY TOUR • 3959 Central Avenue

Susan & Mark Graham DAY TOUR • 5417 North Meridian Street

Kelli & Charlie Kunkel DAY TOUR • 139 East 48 Street



Reach 19,000 MK residents through our full color news magazine— MK Spark! Download our Media Kit at Our newsletter is published quarterly and mailed to 7,000 Meridian~Kessler households, our extended business community, churches, schools and government offices. AUTUMN 2015 Magazine August, September, October Distributed August 15 Advertising Materials Deadline July 6 HOLIDAY 2015 Magazine November, December, January Distributed November 14 Advertising Materials Deadline October 5 SPRING 2016 Magazine February, March, April Distributed February 20 Advertising Materials Deadline January 8



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Submit news and events. Sweet delicious dancing dreams Butler Tarkington may have its Flying Cupcakes, but now MK has its DANCING DONUTS! With a super animated mascot, Dancing Donuts is the creation of Kate Drury, owner of the Flying Cupcake. This is her sixth sugary storefront to open in eight years. Cinnamon sugar and jelly filled yeast donuts are the favorites among customers so far. Choose vegan and gluten free options OR dare to try a sausage gravy covered yeast donut dubbed ‘Dirty Dancing’. Find the Dancing Donut at 11343 E. 54th Street just east of the Monon.

Two new boutiques open Martha Plager and Helene Massey have combined their lifelong passion for beauty and fashion to create M.H. Pomander’s, a service-focused, couture bridal boutique. Martha brings her keen editorial eye which she honed working for 10 years in retail and design. Helene lends her business acumen and enthusiasm for community. They have brought together a warm and welcoming atmosphere with an exquisite collection of couture to create a shopping experience you will remember for a lifetime. Erin Young Designs is located directly adjacent to Pomander’s. Erin’s boutique/workshop specializes in fabulous couture fabrics, custom dressmaking and bridal alterations. The two businesses complement each other as a perfect match. 1101 East 54th Street, Indianapolis


Fun, Enriching Summer Camps in Your Neighborhood Instruction is held on the Butler campus. Some camps include an overnight option. ENROLL NOW in one or more of these camps. June Camps

July Camps

Piano Camp 1 (ages 12–18) Total Percussion Camp (ages 12–18) Bass Camp (ages 12–21) Snare and Tenor Camp (ages 12–21) String Scholars Camp (ages 12–18)

Arts Camp (ages 7–12) Piano Camp 2 (ages 7–12) Strings Camp (ages 7–12) Jazz Camp (ages 12–18) Theatre Camp (ages 12–18) Band Camp (ages 12–18) Voice Camp (ages 15–18) Adult Big-Band Workshop

For more information, visit, email, or call 317-940-5500.



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Thank you to the donors who support MKNA. Our active members as of April 1, 2015.

Resident Members Supporters $50—249 Matt & Jessica Albaugh David Allaben Manocherhr & Sara Allaei Sue & Bill Allen Robert & Julie Anger Bill Appel Michael Arnold TiaJah Wynne & Randall Ayers Carole Casto & Bill Barnhorst Jennifer Baron David & Theresa Bartz Emily Walvoord & Greg Bauwens Kim & Pam Baxter Marvin & Greta Bechtel Bihl Beckstedt Peyton & Angela Berg Gary & Nancy Bingham Scott & Denise Black Tatiana Foroud & Eric Boes Chris & Karla Boggs Bob & Lolita Bohn Dennis & Lynn Boone Alex Boutselis Bob & Chris Broughton Doug & Constance Brown J. D. Browning Scott & Marilyn Bruins Jennifer Brigga & Greg Buchanan Raul Burciaga Dwight & Audrey Burlingame Ainsley & Elizabeth Byfield Megan Byrne Susan Bettis & Michael Cabat Andy & Emily Campbell Darik & Emily Campbell Brandon Canfield John & Juliana Capone Craig & Elizabeth Carpenter Katherine Carr Bradley & Robyn Cates Clive & Natalie Chan Pat Chastain Sarah Nemecek & Gary Chavers Jane Clarke David & Mary Beth Claus Larry & Ellen Coan Carlos Coelho Nick & Kelly Colby Scott & Katie Collevechio Drew & Christopher Conrad Laurie Kemplay & Stacy Cook Jane & Wade Corbin Steve & Pat Couvillion Maurice & Fanny Cox Craig & Kathleen McGaughey Andrea Davis & Stephen Cranfill Chris & Jennifer Curran Thomas & Constance Dagon Matt & Lynda Deitchle Scott & Lynn Denne Steve & Mari DeRyke Jim Smith & Nora Doherty Connie & Dean Dooley

Rich & Dawn Doup Dan & Jamie Drewry Fred Duncan Norman Gwaltney & Julie Elliott Lucy Emison Jeff & Susan Emmick Heili Eriksson Margaret Ertel Jack & Melanie Esselman Joe & Whitney Faires Jim Farley Linda Farrell Marios Fellouka Drs. H. Lane & Mary Ferree Sally Caitlin & Gabriel Filippelli Jerrey & Barbara Finnegan Gene & Sandra Fisher Gene & Pat Fitzgerald Patrick & Leah Flanagan Nolan Smith & Erica Fledderjohn Evan & Lindsay Frey Greg Gaich James Garrettson Scott Gilchrist Laurel Goetzinger Mark & Meredith Gramelspacher Rick & Eileen Hack Melanie & Perry Hammock Susie & Thomas Hanchar Matt & Crystal Hanger Carl & Carolyn Hansen August Hardee The Harkness Family Garrett & Teressa Hart Desirae Haynes Samuel & Margaret Hazlett Paul & Melissa Helft Jack & Karen Henderson Linda Hamilton & David Hensel Sarah Herd Bruce Heslin Mark & Nichole Hicks Richard Toumey & Sharon Hilmes Dr. & Mrs. Matthew Hilton Eleanor & Joseph Hingtgen Robert & Anita Hoffman George & Irene Hoffmann Heather Ross & Tim Holtz Loren & Amanda Horan Ben & Sonja Houle Tomi Hsiao Mark & Sarah Hudson Dennis & Cindy Jackson Patrick & Barbara James Alan & Ann January Doug & Ruth Jean Brad Wood & Jennifer Jefferis Holly Jones Joe & Maggie Jordan Joel & Mia Kary Joe & Eve Keil Jeff Zickgraf & Erin Kelley John Kennedy Bob & Sara Kessing Alan & Anne Kimbell Beth & C.J. Kloote Tibor & Shawna Frazer-Klopfer Alan & Beth Ann Klotz Chelsea Koehring Sarah McKenna & Prem Konakondla


Mike & Kim Kourany Peter & Kimberly Kraft Tom Healey & Elsa Kramer Greg & Stacy Kult Charlie & Kelli Kunkel Alice & Robert Lahrman Teri Lambert David & Nancy Lamm Sarah Lammers Stephen Laramore William & Teresa Larson Gene & Carolyn Lausch John & Julie Leahy Kent & Vicki Lebherz Nick & Amy Lemen Alan & Kathleen Lobley Lloyd & Wendy Lyons Tim & Marjorie Maginn Steve & Gail Marcopulos Jeff & Meghan Martin Ron & Michelle Matlock Jeff & Elisa McDermott Todd & Amy McLean Bart Peterson & Pete McNamara John & Erin Miller Mary Rose Miller Rees & Marinelle Morgan Bob & Judy Morr Stephanie Morse Mr. & Mrs. Jerry O’Rear Craig & Carole Mueller Devonne Mullis Paul & Michele Musson Jeffrey Ramsey & Thomas Myers Aaron Naas Ruthann & Leon Nardo Novella Nedeff Timothy Needler Christopher Newgent Amy Newton Nate & Kendall Nichols Brian & Molly Noble Timothy & Tessa Oakes Donald Willsey & Judy O’Bannon Brian & Rebecca O’Connor Laurence & Harriet O’Connor Charles & Cindy Oehrle Jack Oliver Mr. & Mrs Jerry O’Rear Robert & Katherine Orr Mike & Ann Perry Daniel Phair Gaylon Melton & Len Pilarski Gayla Pitts Mark Poulos Gregory & Audra Rasmussen Rick & Becky Reahard Christopher & Mary Elizabeth Reffett Fred & Ellen Rice Lucy & Robert Riegel Jack & Jen Rinehart Cindy & Gregg Rogers Karol Ruby Joel & Susan Russell Andrew & Jessica Sahm Craig & Anne Sander J. Andrew & Michelle Sawin Jason & Sarah Schaffer Robert & Alice Schloss Janet & Alan Schmetzer

Jane Schultz Fred & Katherine Scott Laura & William Selm Jim & Janice Seidensticker Steve & Joan Shank Margaret Sheehan Nancy & Jason Sherman Tom & Julie Shortridge Kari Singleton Julie Slaymaker Bryan & Brooke Smith Karen & Robert Smith Scott & Cindy Smith Tim & Sue Ann Specht Jay & Stacey Stallon Tim, Lavern & Stephen Stewart Eric & Deborah Stoll Carolyn Sullivan Tom & Gretchen Sullivan Linda Daley & Paula Susemichel Jean & Richard Thompson Adam & Becky Van Rooy Susan Vinicor David & Nonie Vonnegut-Gabovitch Sue Wagman Carlton & Nancy Waite Wendy Igleheart Walker Bret & Mary Lou Waller Dee Cherry & Nicole Walsh Paul & Patty Warrenfelt Kathy Weber Jill Wiggington Jean Blackwell & Kim Williams Andrew & MaDonna Wolf Elaine & Christian Wolf Tony Adams & Dawn Zapinski David Ziegler Michael & Marcy Zunk Promoters $250—499 Mark & Meg Alberts Barb & Kent Alder John Stille & Elizabeth Aldora Ronald & Linda McKiernan Allen Don Arbogast Tony Davey & Dennis Benge Carrie & Karl Benko Bryan Bingham Peggy Blazek Jim & Carmen Brining Phillip & Kathy Bryant Ruth-Anne Herber Bunting Jamie Sweet & Dick Butler Matthew & Kerry Caito Barb Granneman & John Chirgwin Robert Plienis & Matthew Chittick Susan Christensen Dan & Julie Clark Arthur & Sharon Cop David & Ellen Crabb Howard Creveling Chad & Kim Davis Theodore Davis Paul & Carol DeCoursey Mike & Suzy Dilts Kris & Steve Duncan Andy & Marilyn Emerson Drs. H. Lane & Mary Ferree Patrick & Donna Fish

V.M. Fredland & L.M. Folz Edwin & Cindy Zweber-Free Marc & Monica Frost Kristen & Mike Fruehwald Christie Gillespie Bill & May Ann Goetze Judy & Mel Goldstein Lynn Klus & Chris Golightly Sheila Brown & Juan Gonzalez Sarah Kunz & John Goodman Patty & Jerry Gotway Rich & Susan Graffis Aaron & Kerry Greenlee Ain & Linda Haas Karl & Holly Stults Haas Tom & Susie Hacker Amy Hamilton Dick & Sherry Hamstra Laura Haneline James Harvey Jeremy Hatch Thomas Hayward John & Susan Hazer Ann & Larry Henss Steve Herker Jeff Miller & Joyce Hertko Doug & Silvia Hill Richard Toumey & Sharon Hilmes George & Irene Hoffman James & Julia Hogan Mason Hughes Matthew Flalt & Leslie Hulvershorn Rick Parker & Susan Huppert Tom & Kerry Irick Alan & Ann January Bob & Claudia Johnson Gerald & Patricia Keener Pegg & Mike Kennedy John & Elaine Klein Alex Duate-Silva & Robert Kleist Ken & Lisa Kobe Scott & Amy Kosnoff Dick & Roxanne Kovacs Michael & Rose Kurtz Catherine LaCrosse Ned & Martha Lamkin Jody & Fritz Lamprey Jim & Kathy Lauck Allison & Dan Lechleiter Bill Mirola & Jim LeGrand Michele Janin & Tom Linebarger Andrew & Mary Louden Mark & Teresa Lubbers Phil & Holly McKiernan Douglas & Trinda Metzger Jim & Barb Mifflin Greg & Kathy Miller Sally & Clark Millman John & DeAnn Monko James Shantel Morris Jack Munson Jeffrey Ramsey & Thomas Myers Elliott & Estelle Nelson Jennifer & Scott Niemeyer Timothy & Tessa Oakes Andrew & Jane Paine Greg & Sue Peterson Gayla Pitts Erick & Wendy Ponader

Warren & Geraldine Powell Jean & James Preer Steve & Becky Ries Robert & Helen Rudesill Michael & Paula Ruppert Scott & Denise Saxman Scott & Kelly Schenkel Joan Scott Molly & Albert Seidel Jim & Janice Seidensticker Ellen & David Seiferth Walter & Ruth Shaw Michael Robertson & Christopher Slapak Mary & George Slenski Eric & Karen Blackwell Smith Katie Langel & Nelson Spade Derek Theriac & Jim Spain Kent Steele Kim Thomas Harry & Elizabeth Todd John & Amanda Vujovich Bill & Joan Warrick Tim & Susan Weber Carol Weesner Vince & Phyllis Welage Bob & Debbie Whitman Alan & Jan Wilhere Christian & Elaine Holden Wolf Gretchen Wolfram Benefactors $500 Mike & Mary Blanchet Ron & Margaret Blevins Bill & Lisa Boncosky Robert & Mary Beth Braitman John & Cathy Bridge Tom & Karen Gallagher Mike & Cindy Graham Polly Spiegel & Peter Grossman Keith & Kathryn Lerch Alan Pyle Ann & Christopher Stack Steve & Tina Sullivan Jim & Leah Turner Alicia Byers & Marvin Vollmer Samuel L. Westerman Foundation

Business Members Copper $50 Architectural Restoration Bella Vista Fine Landscaping Bokay Florist BrightStar Healthcare Connor & Company David Graf Dixie Roe, Realtor Europa Day Spa The Flying Cupcake HCO Architects Jim Wright Painting JM Mallon Galleries Kelly & Joe Todd Kids Ink La Mulita Landrigan & Company, Realtors L.E. Kincaid & Sons, Inc.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Indianapolis Rutland Insurance Agency Studio 49 Fitness, LLC Sullivan Hardware & Garden Vickrey Remodeling Bronze $100 Broad Ripple Lock Service Cardinal Manufacturing Easter Conservation Elizabeth Marshall, Realtor Fine Estate Art and Rugs Good Morning Mama’s The Great Frame Up Guardhouse Security Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Indy Hostel Kirkenlow Remodeling Mark E. Catton, DDS Meridian Psychological Associates RetroNu Robert Stokes, DDS Sherman & Co. Public Relations The Somerville Team Realtors Starlight Vacations Stilwell Design & Remodeling Twenty Tap

Institutional Members Supporters $50 Arts for Learning Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of Christ College Ave. Fairview Presbyterian Church Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church Life Community Church Midtown Vineyard Community Church Northwood Christian Church Second Presbyterian Church Promoters $150 Meridian Street United Methodist Church Patrons $300 St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Trinity Episcopal Church

Silver $250 Adam Gibson Design Alex Mirkin Real Estate Services Asset One Real Estate Co. Benefit Solutions CBRE Crackers Comedy Club Delicia Fit Flex Fly Houseworks Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra/ Indianapolis Orchestra Indianapolis Opera Jennifer Baron Kobets Properties, LLC L.D. Smith Plumbing The MacGill Realty Team Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant Mark M. Holeman, Inc. MidTown Trees Ping’s Tree Service Verdigris Yatz Gold $500 Marigold Clothing Store The National Bank of Indianapolis Platinum $1000 Patachou Benefactor $2500 Pegg Kennedy, Realtor


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