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  • 20 Jan 2016 12:45 PM | Joel Crandall

    Join us this Thursday for our January Hot Spot at Hoppy Gnome from 5:30pm-7:30pm!  Hot Spots are a great way to get to know young professionals from the Northeast Indiana area.  Or if you are interested in YLNI and want to become more involved, this would be a great opportunity to meet our committee chairs and members to see what would be a good fit for you.  

    Then afterwards, join Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Greater Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center for their Road to One Million Kick-Off Celebration!  Thanks to a lot of hard work, Northeast Indiana is the winner of $42 million in state matching funds for quality of life projects.  The event is free and open to the public with live music from West Central Quartet, regional door prizes from all 11 counties, a cash bar, and a champagne toast!  For more information about the Road to One Million, be sure to visit

    WHERE: Hoppy Gnome
    WHEN: Thursday, January 21st @ 5:30pm

    WHERE: Grand Wayne Convention Center -120 West Jefferson Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46802
    WHEN: Thursday, January 21st @ 6pm-9pm (w/ champagne toast at 7pm)

  • 15 Jan 2016 3:11 PM | Joel Crandall

    Congratulations to those chosen for this year's YLNI Leadership Class!

    • Chelsea Beaman (Parkview Health)
    • Jasmine Bejar (Artlink Contemporary Gallery, Arts United)
    • Sara Best (Huntington University)
    • Megan Caruthers (Erin’s House for Grieving Children)
    • Sean Crabill (Dirig Sheet Metal)
    • Nathan Davidhizar (Fort Wayne Metals)
    • Rachael Driscoll (Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership)
    • Corey Foster (Parkview Health)
    • Olivia Fought (Parkview Health)
    • Kelly Gwiner (Avery Dennison)
    • Kara Hackett (One Lucky Guitar, Inc.)
    • Anne Hall (Commuity Transportation Network)
    • Allen Howard (STAR Financial Bank)
    • Mohamed Kadous (AEP)
    • Bryan Kapocius (Indiana Air National Guard)
    • Mallory Kessler (Salin Bank and Trust Company)
    • Rebecca Koverman Kaufeld (Sweetwater Sound)
    • Chase Lockwood (Fort Wayne Metals)
    • Dalton McGill (Fort Wayne Tincaps)
    • Erica McMahon (Parkview Health)
    • Sarah Murphy (3Rivers Federal Credit Union)
    • Michael Niezer (Design Collaborative, Inc.)
    • Ted Pappert (Trine University Fort Wayne)
    • Lauren Petrill (Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana)
    • Antonio Pishvai (Lincoln Financial Group)
    • Katie Scherer (Fort Wayne Allen County Airport Authority)
    • Melissa Shaw (3Rivers Federal Credit Union)
    • Lynne Smith (Ambassador Enterprises)
    • Brian Strzelecki (Tornier)
    • Emily Stuck (Visit Fort Wayne)
    • Shawn Sullivan (Wells Fargo Advisors)
    • Kody Tinnel (Fort Wayne Community Schools)
    • Justin Walker (Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority)
    • Brad Wanek (Bona Vita Architecture)
    • Kristen Wuensch (Lincoln Financial Group)

    For more information, be sure to check out

  • 04 Jan 2016 10:10 AM | Joel Crandall

    Join Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana for the hottest party of the year!  

    The 12th Annual YLNI Masquerade Ball: A Night at the Opera is Fort Wayne’s premier VIP social event. This black tie party is an opportunity for our community to get dressed to the nines and hit the town in style.  

    The Masquerade Ball will be held on February 6 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Historic Embassy Theatre. Grab your masquerade ball masks and join us for a memorable VIP party experience.  

    Tickets are $55 for YLNI members, $60 for individuals, and $100 for couples, which includes free beer and wine all evening, food from Catablu, and music from All Star DJs. 

    Purchase tickets online and find more information at  Space is limited so don't miss out and buy your tickets today!

    Thank you to our sponsors Three Rivers Credit Union, Adams Radio Group, Bradley Company, Five Star Distributing, Crowe Horwath, Heritage Foodservice Group and Strahm Building Solutions. 

  • 22 Dec 2015 11:28 AM | Joel Crandall

    Join YLNI for the first Hot Spot of 2016 on January 21 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Hoppy Gnome!

    If you're new to Northeast Indiana or want to get more involved in the community, attending a YLNI Hot Spot is a great way meet more people just like you. Connect with YLNI committee members to discuss who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved. 

  • 22 Dec 2015 10:28 AM | Joel Crandall

    2016 is almost here and now is the time to start making your New Year's resolutions!  Hit the ground running next year with YLNI's Leadership Institute and resolve to meet and connect with other young professionals and peers, and to develop skills that will help you advance your career and excel in your community through hands-on instruction, small group activities, personal reflection, and sharing.  

    This year's topics include:
    Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, January 8, 2016 so don't hesitate and Apply Here.

    For more information:
    Application link:
  • 21 Dec 2015 12:09 PM | Joel Crandall

    Special Olympics Indiana's largest fundraiser - the Polar Plunge – is back at Metea County Park this year on February 20, 2016. 

    Special Olympics allows for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition. The impact this organization has on the lives of not only the athletes, but also parents, coaches, and volunteers, is immeasurable. 

    Talk to anyone who has volunteered with Special Olympics and they’ll likely tell you that the exhilaration on an athlete’s face when they complete a race, score a basket, or catch a fly ball is indescribable, yet impossible to erase from their mind. The only way to truly experience the power of Special Olympics is to attend a game or event - the pure-hearted joy and camaraderie you’ll witness is rare and memorable. 

    Every year Special Olympics hosts Polar Plunge events throughout the country to raise funds for state and local programs. The events also generate awareness about the power of Special Olympics through hosting unique experiences with music, food, and most of all, fun. 

    The concept is simple—to be a Plunger all you have to do is register here, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea County Park on February 20 by 10am.  You’ll then have the opportunity to walk, wade, belly flop— or PLUNGE!—into the ice-cold lake water. After the Plunge participants and spectators are invited to join the After Splash Bash to enjoy food and beverages, and socialize.

    Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together a team of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as the Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met, and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. Door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and volunteers are also needed. 

    Please contact Jake Pickett, Fort Wayne Plunge Chair, at or 260-402-9633 for more information or to get involved.
  • 07 Dec 2015 4:29 PM | Joel Crandall

    Soul35 Presents: “Art and Soul” will take place on Friday December 18th!

    A soulful blend of live music and art will be fused together at the Philmore on Broadway (2441 Broadway Street Fort Wayne, IN 46807).  Two bands will be performing throughout the night, as well as local artist Jared Applegate creating art inspired by the evening's music.  The two local bands are the Alicia Pyle Quartet and Soul35. This event will also dual as an art exhibition for Applegate, as he will have art of soulful music icons on display and for purchase throughout the venue.

    Art and Soul will begin at 8 PM and continue until midnight.  Tickets are $25 and includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, by Club Soda.

    A Better Fort (ABF) will be in powering the volunteer efforts of Art and Soul.  ABF puts Art and Soul in great hands with dedicated volunteers that show their love for events coming to the downtown Fort Wayne area.  This year we are “adopting a family” for Christmas and will be providing them with gifts for the Holiday season.  This event is a great way to raise the funds for these gifts.

    To find out more info, you can visit Soul35 on Facebook at:

  • 02 Dec 2015 5:00 PM | Joel Crandall

    Come to the Allen County Courthouse Plaza on Friday, December 11 at Noon to kickoff the celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial Year in Allen County!

    The event will culminate with the raising of the official Bicentennial Flag atop the Courthouse. Following the ceremony, head over to the main branch of the Allen County Public Library to learn more about events going on over the next year to commemorate Indiana’s 200th birthday.

  • 02 Dec 2015 1:24 PM | Joel Crandall

    The YLNI Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for 2016!

    All applications must be submitted by January 8, 2016 to qualify.

    YLNI’s Leadership Institute connects young professionals with their peers and their community as they gain career skills. Through hands-on instruction, small group activities, personal reflection, and sharing, participants develop skills needed to help them advance in their careers and community. Employers of emerging leaders should consider sponsoring their participation.
  • 02 Dec 2015 1:11 PM | Joel Crandall

    Hobnobben Film Festival, Ft. Wayne’s first multi-day, multi-venue film festival, being held June 16th-June 19th, 2016 needs your expertise and commitment to community. We hope to make this inaugural event one of the best to ever happen in Ft. Wayne. Cinema Center is very excited to present this event, but we are even more thrilled at the prospect of joining forces and sharing our mission with so many area volunteers.

    We need help choosing films, organizing volunteers, bringing filmmakers to the city, utilize existing networks for sponsorship and partnership opportunities, and most of all, assistance with the budget.

    Lead volunteer positions are:

    Programming Lead

    It is the films that are going to bring people to the festival, and we want to make sure we have the best films showing at Hobnobben. The Programming Lead would work with Programming Volunteers and Programming Interns by evaluating film submissions, and make recommendations to the Festival Director for inclusion in Hobnobben. A love for movies goes without saying, but the right person will also be able to be critical and fair, while also taking into account audience tastes.

    Hospitality Lead

    We hope Hobnobben brings a lot of people to Ft. Wayne who have never been here before, and those people will continue to keep coming back. The Hospitality Lead will not rest until every deal is exhausted from local hotels, restaurants, bars, and vendors. The Hospitality Lead also has the important job of overseeing VIPs and making sure their experience in Ft. Wayne is the absolute best it can possibly be. This position would be great for anyone who has a passion for going above and beyond in the realm of customer service.

    Special Events Lead

    Hobnobben will be something that is so much bigger than films in a theater. There will be plenty of parties, some open to the public, while others are only available to VIPs and high-level sponsors. After long days doing question and answer sessions and watching a lot of movies, filmmakers will want to unwind and let loose, and it is the Special Events Lead who will make sure this happens every night of the festival.

    Budget Coordinator

    This is for someone that does not get lost in the numbers, can give guidance on monies available to the festival, and report statements, invoices, and any revenue earned to Cinema Center’s board treasurer. This position will hold a lot of responsibility, as the Hobnobben Film Festival Committee will be looking to this qualified individual for advice and council regarding anything money-related. We’d love someone with experience in banking, accounting, or bookkeeping to fill this role, especially if the qualified volunteer has experience with nonprofit financial reporting.

    In addition to those willing to help us lead the charge, we also are looking for committee volunteers in the areas of:

    Fundraising (always be on the lookout for opportunities to leverage the great generosity of Northeast Indiana to the benefit of Hobnobben Film Festival)

    Logistics (film festivals can be hectic, these volunteers help make sure that day-of-festival screenings and events go smoothly)

    Marketing and Communications (we want to tell the whole region, and beyond, the Hobnobben story, these volunteers would make sure that message is heard loud and clear)

    Volunteer Coordination (help recruit and retain volunteers)

    Programming (organizing and evaluating film submissions from all over the world)

    Hospitality (creating opportunities within the community so filmmakers and festival goers have the best northeast Indiana experience possible)

    Special Events (help throw parties, VIP meet and greets, workshops, and networking shindigs)

    For more information, please visit

    For a volunteer application, please list the area of interest and email

    For any other questions, feel free to email

P.O. Box 10774
Fort Wayne, IN  46853

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