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Illumination Gala: Fireflies and Summer Skies

Join us for a summer evening of fun and celebration in support of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Hosted at the beautiful Lucas Estate in Carmel, IN, the Illumination Gala will have an outstanding silent auction, a wine pull, beer and wine tasting, and entertainment from dueling pianists. This is an evening you won't want to miss!

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Honorary Chairs

  • Dr. Sue Ellspermann

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    Dr. Sue Ellspermann

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    Dr. Sue Ellspermann is the ninth president of Ivy Tech Community College, leading the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system and serving over 170,000 students a year. She has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, economic and workforce development, and public service. Dr. Ellspermann holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Louisville in Industrial Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University. Her early career was with Frito-Lay and Michelin Tire Competition, before founding the Center of Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana and starting an independent consulting firm. Dr. Ellspermann's public service began in 2010 when she was elected as the State Representative for District 74. She most recently served as Indiana's 50th Lieutenant Governor from 2013 until March 2017. As part of that role, she served as President of the Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, as well as overseeing six state agencies. As vice chair of the Indiana Career Council, she led efforts to align Indiana's education and workforce developmental system to meet the needs of employers. Dr. Ellspermann is married to James Mehling, and has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.

  • Justice Robert D. Rucker

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    Justice Robert D. Rucker

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    Justice Robert D. Rucker was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Frank O'Bannon in 1999. Born in Canton, GA, Justice Rucker grew up in Gary, IN, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Valparaiso University School of Law, and earned a Master of Laws in the judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School. Prior to his appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Rucker served as a Judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals and served as vice-chair of the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. As a lawyer, he served on the boards of directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Northwest Indiana Legal Services Organization. He also served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Lake County, City Attorney for the City of Gary, and engaged in the general practice of law in East Chicago. Justice Rucker is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Marion County Bar Association, the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He also served as the 2009-2010 Chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association. Justice Rucker and his wife, Dr. Denise Rucker, are the proud grandparents of seventeen grandchildren.

  • Mayor Joe Hogsett

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    Mayor Joe Hogsett

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    Born in Rushville, IN, Mayor Joe Hogsett has lived and worked in Indianapolis for more than 35 years. Mayor Hogsett served six years as Indiana's Secretary of State and four as United States Attorney. He was elected to serve as the 49th Mayor of the City of Indianapolis in 2015. As Mayor, he is using the same results-oriented approach that he cultivated in his time as a federal prosecutor to focus on public safety, neighborhoods, and the fiscal well-being of the city. In his first year in office, Mayor Hogsett lifted the city's 35-year moratorium on new streetlights, returned IMPD to a community-based policing model, and created Indianapolis' first comprehensive youth summer employment plan - all while cutting overall city spending and building a bipartisan coalition, dedicated to moving Indianapolis forward. Mayor Hogsett went to Indiana University before earning graduate degrees from Indiana University, Butler University, the Christian Theological Seminary, and a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

  • Rod Ratcliff

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    Rod Ratcliff

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    Rod Ratcliff has been an advocate for an investor in horse racing for more than two decades. He has been Chairman and CEO of Centaur Gaming since 2001. Under his leadership, the company acquired Hoosier Park in Anderson, IN and Indiana Grand in Shelbyville. His Pegasus Group, Inc. was an original partner with Churchill Downs in Hoosier Park to establish the first pari-mutuel racetrack in Indiana in 1994. As President of Centaur in the 1990s, Mr. Ratcliff formed a partnership that won an Indiana riverboat gaming license for the Argosy Casino and Hotel in Lawrenceburg, IN from the Indiana Gaming Commission. In 2008, Mr. Ratcliff was selected as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and was also named "Columbian of the Year" by the Columbia Club for his volunteer efforts. Recognized as an industry leader, Rod served as a panel expert during a racing presentation in the 2008 Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. In 2004, he was named the "Man of the Year" by Gilpin County in Colorado for his economic development initiatives. He is a past director of the Columbia Club in Indianapolis and the American Civil Liberties Union (Indianapolis Chapter). He is a former member of the board of the West Lafayette First United Methodist Church.

Event Venue

Lucas Estate West Pavilion
11453 Ditch Road, Carmel, IN 46032

Due to a construction project, 116th will be closed throughout the month of August. We may have additional directions to provide, as we get closer to the event.

Lucas Estate West Pavilion
11453 Ditch Road, Carmel, IN 46032

Due to a construction project, 116th will be closed throughout the month of August. We may have additional directions to provide, as we get closer to the event.