You are cordially invited to join us at the 114th Annual Dinner hosted by the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation.

For over a century, to kick off the holiday season, leaders have been gathering in Chicago the first Saturday in December for a black tie gala to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of businesses, colleges, universities, and individuals that are doing extraordinary things to make Indiana the great state it is.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Dinner at 5:30 p.m.

Loews Hotel

455 North Park Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

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This ticket includes a one year membership to the ISOC Foundation.

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Prefer to purchase tickets to the Annual Dinner by check? Download and mail the completed form along with payment to ISOC Foundation, P.O. Box 46129, Chicago, Illinois 60646.

Although there is no limit on the number of guests, each individual table typically seats ten (10) persons. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after December 3, 2019 – however, substitutions will be accepted.

2019 Institution of the Year

Indiana University

Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU’s seven campuses and two regional centers statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of our world-class contributions in research and the arts.

2019 Hoosier Hero

Tyler Trent

Tyler Trent captured Hoosiers’ hearts during his battle with bone cancer. His story has inspired millions and generated even more for cancer research. The Purdue super fan and Carmel resident has been the subject of ESPN features, was an honorary team captain for the Old Oaken Bucket game and received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor for Indiana civilians.

2019 Hoosiers of the Year

The Simon Family

In 1999, the Simon Family founded the Herbert Simon Family Foundation that provides support for organizations in hopes of creating more equitable, sustainable and vibrant communities with an emphasis on Central Indiana.

In 2003, the Samerian Foundation was founded by Cindy Simon Skjodt. The foundation was named after her three children Samantha, Erik and Ian (SAM-ER-IAN) which seeks to enhance the quality of life by providing funds through a grant making process for education, economic development, health, youth sports, community organizations meeting the needs of the underserved, and humanitarian projects. To date the Foundation has granted over $98M to local and global organizations that align with the mission of the Foundation. To learn more click here: Samerian Foundation

Cindy Simon Skjodt (Melvin Simon’s daughter) and Rachel Simon Stuart (Herb Simon’s daughter) will be accepting the award on behalf of the Simon Family.


A Night of Star Entertainment and Memorable Program Features

The Indiana Society of Chicago has always prided itself on attracting star performers for its Dinner entertainment. In addition to musical entertainment, tradition throughout the evening includes a presentation of the colors by the Culver Military Academy Color Guard, a toast to Indiana by the Governor, and Miss Indiana leading the crowd in singing “On the Banks of the Wabash”.

Headline Entertainment – Clay Anderson

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