One of my favorite non-profit organizations to work with is College Mentors for Kids. Every February, they host the Inspire Awards; a gala luncheon to honor those in the Indianapolis community committed to mentoring the next generation of leaders. Once again, the luncheon took place at the magnificent JW Marriott Indianapolis luxury hotel.
This was the fourth or fifth year I have photographed the event and it is always such a thrill to hear the story of how college students are impacting the lives of elementary students and encouraging them to pursue educational and life goals. The event culminates with the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding individual.
This year’s recipient was Jim McClelland, Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement. (Also known as Indiana’s Drug Czar.) After learning more about him and his work in the community, I can attest this is a well-deserved honor. As a plus, he received his MBA from my alma mater, Indiana University.
Throughout the event, there were a variety of ways for people to donate and provide financial support to College Mentors for Kids. Indianapolis jeweler Reis-Nichols donated a diamond compass pendant which was raffled off to the 500 guests in attendance.
This year marked the first time College Mentors for Kids used a mobile app for fundraising. Guests were invited to donate online and the tally was displayed onscreen at the front of the ballroom.