Sun King Brewing CANvitational

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

300x250Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to have a bunch of friends over and spend the day hanging out without a care in the world?

So do we, which is why we invited some of our friends to Indianapolis on Saturday, September 28. The difference is our friends happen to be craft breweries from around the country and they are bringing some of their finest beers to town.

From Noon to 5 p.m., more than 30 craft breweries will descend on Georgia Street for the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival, which we have aptly named the CANvitational.

The festival will focus on breweries like us that see the value in canning their beers. We know that for decades the beer industry convinced everyone that bottles are the vessel of choice for beer, but we politely disagree and so do our friends. Cans offer a variety of quality and sustainability benefits, and they are often allowed where no glass bottle can go.

We will be taking over the western portion of Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza where many breweries that are not even distributed in the Midwest, like Maui Brewing all the way from Lahaina, Hawaii, or Cigar City Brewing from Tampa will dole out samples. And, we will be spreading the local beer love by inviting breweries from the city and state to come join us.

Party favors include an event-branded tasting glass, as well as t-shirts for the 1,000 early bird ticketholders. We have also lined up some of the best food trucks the city has to offer to provide grub for purchase and the Omni will have a food tent on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

So come join us and our friends as we spend the afternoon celebrating quality craft beer without a care in the world. Learn more and buy tickets at

How Did I Get Here: Terence

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Meet 2006 TIME magazine person of the year and Sun King’s resident cutie pie, Terence!

Terence Shackleford aka T-Dog

Job Title:
Canning Line Manager

Job duties:
Run and maintain all of the machines that bring the thirsty masses their canned beers

Born and bred Hoosier

How did you get here?
Starting as a successful commercial/industrial property manager, Terence wanted to pursue another direction. Beer and Sun King were at the top of his list of passions so he thought he’d give it a whirl. After a short time in the tasting room, he moved over to the canning line where he is now.

Was there a skill or experience that helped you arrive at Sun King?

Terence had a mechanical background from his time in property management so the canning line was a good fit for him. His aptitude for machinery helped the canning line advance to what it is today.

What is your favorite part about working at Sun King?

“Um, Beer” After a long pause, he decided that the people weren’t bad either. On a serious side, he truly loves working in and around beer and with the people he is surrounded by while doing so. He said that a bad day at Sun King is better than a good day in almost any other profession, in his opinion at least.

Where would you like to be in five years?

Terence wants to be laid up from a workers comp related accident. Set your sights high my friend.

What is something not everyone knows about you?

Terence’s wife is a puppeteer, not only in their marriage, but also as a profession! She runs Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio in downtown Indy.

He also has access to over a million square feet of real estate in Indianapolis and surrounding areas (don’t ask).

What do you like to do when not working?

When not working Terence is in Mother Nature’s home, trail running or cycling.

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Relaxation at different points in the day allows us to integrate and assimilate all that we take in. When we are relaxed and distressed we can absorb things in a healthy way, when we are strung out and anxious, our bodies can not digest properly.

Health Tips:
Ayurveda medicine looks at diet, lifestyle and seasons to help heal the body mind and spirit. One main way of healing ourselves in this day and age is to de-stress, reduce anxiety, and use the hours of the day to your advantage.

Looking at the day and dividing it into 3 sections, can help support the body in what it naturally is programmed to do.

• 6am – 10am this is the best time for working out to overcome the heaviness of sleep and to re-set the metabolism. Your brain power is strong.
• 10am – 2pm your digestive fire is the strongest, between 11 and 1pm so this is the best time to eat your largest meal of the day, lunch! A 15 -20 minute rest after lunch helps the body focus on digestion and assimilation.
• 2pm – 6pm, this is second wind time, where your brain power is able to sustain before winding down for the evening.
• 6pm – 10pm your start to get heavy and your body starts to slow down. It is time for a light dinner (between 5-7pm) and then you should start tapering off your activity. Bed time between 9-10pm.
• 10pm – 2am your body is in deep sleep and is detoxifying and resetting for the next day.
• 2am – 6am – movement starts to happen and between 4am – 6am you should wake in order to make the most of your brain stimulation. It is the “magical” time of the day, great for meditation and yoga.

Yoga in the community:
By donation yoga classes, Thursday’s from 4-4:50pm at The Chase Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) brought to you by Growing Places Indy. There is also a farm stand with produce from Growing Places Indy, for sale so that you can go home with fresh groceries!

Food as medicine:
Eat cooling foods like cucumbers, fennel, kohlrabi, watermelon, peaches, nectarines and fresh greens. These light, watery foods will compliment the heat of the summer.

Additional tip: 
Warmer weather and earlier sunrise allows us longer days in the sunlight. Use this to your advantage and work on projects, your garden or just lay out in the sun for 30 minutes. Vitamin D deficiency is high among us and spending some quality time outdoors can help our bodies get what it is craving.

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at

About Staraya McKinstry:
I grew up in Homer, Alaska and was raised holistically by my parents. My upbringing has lead to a lifelong interest in health and wellness. I left home and went to college in Reno, NV on a dance scholarship, where ware and tare on my body created a passion inside of me to seek something better and healthier for my body, mind and spirit. I came to Indianapolis for graduate school and got my masters in Public Health Policy from I.U. School of Medicine. A few years back I discovered a more in depth yoga practice, which lead me to Ayurveda. I am now a yoga instructor and Ayurveda practitioner and I love bringing these sister sciences together when I teaches. Yoga and Ayurveda takes in consideration, the body, mind and spirit, giving balance, health and happiness to the entire being…… Something I strongly believe is worth spreading!

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

Grilling with Sun King Contest Winner

Thursday, July 18, 2013

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone that participated in the Grilling with Sun King Contest. The recipes submitted were innovative, unique, and not to mention delicious!

We had a blast with all of the contestants in the two night grilling excursion. After much deliberation, the Sun King Crew made their decision on who would be crowned the King Chef of the Grilling with Sun King Contest.

Drum role please…

Congratulations to Ross Katz for his killer Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor with Habanero and Wee Mac and Pineapple Salsa!

Runner-up was Mary Grealish with her Osiris Shrimp Tease. Big cheers for our other finalists Bill Brumbach, Matt Meehan, and Sue Uhl.

Stay tuned for our fall version of Cooking with Sun King and think sweet! Our mouths are already watering.

Grilling with SK Crew

Grilling with SK Crew

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor with Habanero, Wee Mac and Pineapple Salsa

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor

Wee Mac Tacos Al Pastor

Tacos Al Pastor

2 Lbs. Boneless pork chops
8 oz. Wee Mac Scottish Ale
½ cup Pineapple Juice – (from canned Pineapple – See Salsa)
4 oz. Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
¼ cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Tbsp. Ancho Chili powder
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Achiote
1 tsp. Cumin
20 – 30 Grinds Fresh Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Adobo Seasoning
1 Lime Zested and Juiced

In a large bowl combine your Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Pineapple Juice, Vinegar, and Lime Juice with all of the seasonings and spices. Whisk together until the Achiote past is dissolved, and your spices begin to bloom.

Add your pork chops, cover and let marinate for at least 2 hours. (Overnight would be best, but flavors can be achieved after just a few hours.)

To cook your pork heat your grill or grill pan to its highest temperature.
Remove the pork from the marinade and let any excess drain off. Place on the grill and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side. Do not move the pork during cooking. This will allow for char and grill marks.
After your pork is fully cooked remove from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes under aluminum foil.

While your pork is resting take the remaining pineapple slice you have left from your salsa and grill for 1-2 minutes per side. Slice in half and reserve for service.

After your pork is rested chop into bite sized pieces and serve on warm corn tortillas, with your Wee Mac Pineapple salsa, and your grilled Pineapples. Garnish with some fresh cilantro and a squirt of lime for a fresh touch.

Wee Mac, Pineapple, and Habanero Salsa
*This salsa can be made ahead of time, or started well before you are ready to cook your pork.

1 18oz Can of Pineapple Rings in natural juice – Reserve Juice
1 large sweet onion – Chopped coarsely
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
10 – 15 Grinds fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp Nutmeg
4-5 Whole Cloves – Will be removed before serving
2 -3 Bay Leaves – Will be removed before serving
8 oz Wee Mac Scottish Ale
2 Habanero Peppers Seeded, deveined, and chopped fine

In a large sauté pan on medium heat begin to sauté your onions in your olive oil. Add your salt and pepper and let sauté for about 20 minutes, or until you notice them begin to caramelize. Stir occasionally to ensure they do not stick or burn.

While the onions are cooking seed, devein, and chop your habanero peppers very fine. Wear gloves and avoid contact with your face or eyes. (THEY WILL BURN!)

When your onions begin to show a light brown add your peppers, nutmeg, cloves, and bay leaves. Let this simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the peppers are completely soft.

While those are cooking take ½ of the pineapple rings, or about 4 or 5 rings from the can. (Make sure to keep the liquid). Chop them roughly the same size as your onions and add those to your pan. Stir those in and cook for a couple minutes. When the pineapple is heated through and the temperature returns to the pan add your Wee Mac Scottish Ale and ½ of the juice from the can. Turn the heat up to Med/Low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and the mixture is the consistency of a loose jam.

Remove the bay leaves, cloves, and serve!

Grapefruit Jungle 2013 Release Info

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

In Grapefruit Jungle News:

Grapefruit Jungle

Grapefruit Jungle

Grapefruit Jungle will be tapped this Saturday, July 6th at 4pm in the South Parking Lot at Sun King in celebration of our 4th Anniversary Party (purchase your tickets at

4-pack cans of Grapefruit Jungle will be available for purchase at the brewery on July 6th starting at 1pm. Limited to one case of cans per person ($17.50 per 4-pack). *Please note that you will not be able to bring these cans into the 4th Anniversary Party.

Growler fills of Grapefruit Jungle will be available on July 8th. Limited to 2 growler fills per person. Growlers fills are $15 each.

4-pack cans of Grapefruit Jungle will be distributed to local Indiana liquor stores on or around July 8th.

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Camp Jameson

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Help Sponsor a Camper at Jameson Camp

Jameson Camp offers a fully accredited residential summer camp for youth ages 7-17. Our mission is to enrich the lives of Indiana youth by inspiring them to discover their strengths. We specialize in serving youth with minor social, emotional, or behavioral challenges such as autism or Attention Deficit Disorders. Jameson is the only camp in Indiana with a special session of camp dedicated to serving youth impacted by HIV/AIDS. While at camp, children participate in fun traditional camp activities like archery, art expressions, creek stomping, rock climbing, culinary arts, talent shows, campouts, and more!

Camp Jameson

Almost seventy-five percent of the campers at Jameson are living at or below the poverty line. Many are referred to attend camp from foster care or homeless situations. For this reason, Jameson offers sliding scale fees based on the household income. Most of our families contribute only $80-$100 towards campership. Jameson’s ability to provide financial assistance for camperships means the difference between a child attending camp or not.

On average it costs Jameson over $500 per child to a session of our residential summer camp. By giving $500 to sponsor a camper at Jameson Camp, you will be making a difference in the life of a child. As a sponsor you will receive a handwritten thank you note from the camper you sponsored; a description of the activities they participated in at camp; and recognition on our website and in our annual report.

There are a variety of ways you can help sponsor a camper.
• Mail a check in the amount of $500 to Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231 or click here to give online.
• Pledge to pay $500 over a period of one year via a payment plan that works best for you, i.e. 12 monthly payments in the amount of $42. To pledge online click here and select Sponsor A Camper and go to check out. At the check out, you will have the option to set up a recurring payment. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Cassandra Tice, Development Manager at or (317) 241-2661 ext. 32.
• Get together with a group of friends or co-workers and fundraise $500. For ideas and more information contact Yvonne Matlock, Development Director at or (317) 241-2661 ext. 12.

To learn more about summer camp or our other year-round youth programs, please visit

Thank you for your support!

Cassandra Tice
Development Manager
Jameson Camp

Sun King Community Partner Spotlight: Monumental Yoga

Friday, June 14, 2013

So, Monumental Yoga – “How did this happen, you may be wondering and why?”

Monumental Yoga

It’s a pretty simple story really. I saw pictures of Times Square that had been shut down and turned into a big yoga mat filled with thousands of people and thought, “We can do that here in Indy!” It took a couple of years to find the right partner, and once LuluLemon stepped up and indicated they could tap into all of the yoga studios in the City and the recipe was complete! Why the Athenaeum Foundation others may wonder? Another great story, the founding principles of this historic building are “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body”. Where the YMCA resides now in the Athenaeum was once a Turnverein, once a gymnastics center organized by the Turners, a German association. The Athenaeum has pictures around the building of rows of people doing gymnastics and calisthenics, all about movement!

When I first wanted to do the event, I had always thought it would be on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year and the transitional day of the year. The Solstice is on a Friday, how perfect is that, and big thanks to Wishard-Eskenazi Health as they immediately stepped up to sponsor the event. They understand that prevention truly is the best medicine.

So, the permits have been pulled, the security cops hired, Cathy Morris volunteered to play her amazing electric violin during the event, Kyle Long with Cultural Cannibals will welcome the participants as they arrive with his eclectic DJ sounds and over 50 teachers from around the City have volunteered to help adjust and teach people during the event.

June 21 – Friday – Noon – Monument Circle – Monumental Yoga

Over 500 have signed up to attend and we’re expecting even more. Register here, share this with your friends, ride your bike and park at the bike hub and come on down and feel the energy… It will be MONUMENTAL!

Cassie Stockcamp
President || Athenaeum Foundation

Cooking with Sun King Winter Recipe Finalist: Wee Sir-an Meat Coma

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Grilling with Sun King Recipe Contest goes until June 14th, 2013. You can enter the contest by visiting Sun King’s Facebook Recipe Contest Page.

To get your grills fired up, we thought that we would share Jake Koeneman’s recipes, one of our Top 5 Finalists from our Winter Recipe Contest. Jake made delicious Osiris bacon brussel sprouts partnered up with Wee Muckle drizzled steak.


Wee Sir-an Meat Coma (Wee Muckle Drizzled Steak and Osiris Brussel Sprouts)

Wee Sir-an Meat Coma

Wee Sir-an Meat Coma

1 1/2 pounds of Goose the Market Sirlion
1 pound of Brussel Sprouts, cut in half
1/2 pound of thick cut Bacon, chopped
1/2 White Onion, diced
1 can Wee Muckel
1 can Osiris

Pour 4 ounces of Wee Muckle into shake pint glass.

Pre-heat grill on medium heat.

Start pan on stove-top burner at medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Cook bacon until crisp. Once bacon is finished, drink 2 ounces of Wee Muckle and place steak on warmer rack in grill.

Place brussel sprouts in the remaining grease and sear on both sides. Approximately 5 minutes.

Drink remaining 2 ounces of Wee Muckle and flip sirloin.

Pour 8 ounces of Osiris in pan with brussel sprouts, pour other 8 ounces in shaker pint. Simmer brussel sprouts in Osiris until beer reduces to a glaze. Stir occasionally. 12-15 minutes

After 5 minutes, flip steak on grill and check to make sure that it is not getting charred.

After brussel sprouts simmer for 10 minutes, pout 6 ounces of Wee Muckle in sauce pan and begin reduction. Once reduction starts, flip steak again.

Continue drinking Osiris and monitoring all cooking items for 5 minutes.

Check steak. It has been 20 minutes and should be ready to come off the grill and rest. Move brussel sprouts to non-used stove-top burner to congeal, add bacon, and stir.

Continue reduction for 5 minutes as steak rests. Drink remaining Osiris.

Plate steak and drizzle with reduction.

Plate sprouts, pour remaining Wee Muckle into glass, and enjoy!

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Friday, June 07, 2013

Shining Bright on Health at Sun King – A Blog about Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Summer brings joy, happiness and energy, so make sure you are eating the right combinations of foods in order to support these wonderful sunshine filled days!

Health Tips:
Food combining adds a whole new layer to eating healthy. I know we all have enough to think about in a day, but this can be really important when looking at cleaning out or creating toxins in the body.
The other day I made an apple crisp and a strawberry mint crisp. I have to say, they were both delicious, but my favorite dessert of all time is whipping cream (real, organic, fresh/raw -when possible-, whipped cream)! And I love the combination of crisp and whipping cream… More please!

But I began to notice that after each night of eating this combination, I had really bad bloating and my stomach was off the next day. I was in complete denial that it could have been the combination of foods I ate because I didn’t want to give it up… However, according to Ayurveda, dairy and fruit is a toxic combination that can lead to fermentation in the stomach. Yep, I will confirm it. I ate the crisp, for a third day, by itself and had no problems. Looking back, this combination had always upset my stomach, but I loved the flavors so much I never wanted to consider the thought of it being something that didn’t work for me.

When looking at food combining, here are a few more possibly bad combinations to be aware of:

• Eggs and Dairy
• Seafood and dairy
• Nuts/seeds and Vegetables
• Honey and Boiling Water
• Honey and Ghee in equal parts
• Citrus and Dairy
• Fruit and Dairy
• Fruit with any other foods

The combinations of these foods will leave toxins in the body, creating sluggishness, and digestive issues. This happens because the foods digest at different rates, creating sludge because the body can’t move everything along at the same time. Essentially some food sits and ferments, waiting for the other food to finish digesting. Hint: if you have to add nuts or seeds to a vegetable dish, make sure you soak the nuts over night first, which will make them easier to digest.

Honey, for example, becomes a toxin when it is boiled so make sure the water is warm/hot but not boiling, when mixing.

Some of these may be a disappointment to you, (I am a sucker for a cheesy omelet) so just be aware. Notice if you combine these foods, how you feel. If you feel alright, then allow yourself the pleasure every once in awhile. Good digestion or not, if you do combine some of these foods, try to make sure the food you eat for the following meal is light and easily digestible so that you allow your body to properly digest and clean the toxins out so they don’t accumulate.

Yoga in the community:
Tuesday evenings at the Legacy Center downtown (by Arsenal Tech High School) offers a $5 yoga class from 5:30-6:30pm.

Food as medicine:
Need a cold beverage for the summer? Steep coriander seeds in hot water. Allow the seeds to soak over night and then drink the room temperature water throughout the summer day. Coriander has cooling properties and also provides help with headaches, improves digestion, acts as an anti-parasitic plus it is a liver stimulant.

Additional tip:
Rememeber: Ayurveda says “70% & 30%” meaning 70% of the time try to eat clean, healthy, with good spices and good combinations of flavors and types of food. The other 30%, enjoy without any guilt and many thanks. And after you enjoy, eat light and clean to reset.

Staraya McKinstry

If you have additional questions, please email Staraya at

Staraya McKinstry

About Staraya McKinstry:
Born and raised in Homer, Alaska, the western most tip of the United States, was not appreciated by my siblings or myself until we all went out into the world, and found that we grew up in a pretty amazing place. Alaska is a rugged frontier but it has its perks. Eating fresh vegetables from the garden, fish and seafood out of the bay, and a freshly hunted down moose/elk/deer was and still is the way of feeding family there. Fitness is a way of life; hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding (yes, it can be a great work out when you walk up the mountain) to name a few. The connection with nature seems to be a common understanding when you live in such a beautiful, ever changing environment as Alaska. With that background, I have come to love yoga and the connection it has seamlessly brought me in regards to myself, my family and friends, nature, and healthy living. I have a Masters in Public Health, but the everyday healthy lifestyle I have learned from my mom and dad and those like them back home. I am also currently going to school to train in Ayurveda Medicine (one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind), which focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit and maintaining health through food, herbs and exercise. My studies in yoga and Ayurveda are allowing me to bring practical, resourceful and sustainable practices to anyone who wants to learn how to get/stay healthy in mind, body and spirit.

Disclaimer: The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinion of Staraya McKinstry. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice.

Community Partner Spotlight: NUVO Cultural Vision Awards

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Annual NUVO CVAs unveiled on June 7

One of the great joys of working at NUVO is the annual Cultural Vision Awards ceremony. I should know. I’ve been privileged to be a part of every one of our CVA ceremonies — and this is our fifteenth year!

Along the way I have met some of Indy’s most amazing people, innovators across numerous platforms of city life, from business to arts to social justice to music.

This year is no different. Join us in a free public event, Friday, June 7 at Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave). We’ll get started at 6 p.m. for a reception including drinks, light appetizers, conversation and a performance from previous CVA winners, Time for Three.

The ceremony will begin at 7:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

This year’s winners:

Eskenazi Health

This hospital, also called the New Wishard, will open in December of 2013, but we’re already excited to honor what may be the boldest hospital in the entire country. The new hospital will not only be LEED certified for its green design features, it will also feature a sky farm: a 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden, where fresh produce will help feed patients and staff. Specially commissioned works of art will create a significant new public space throughout the hospital, and the Eskenazi Commons, out front the building, will be a public place where human connections and relationships are encouraged and nurtured.

Joyful Noise Recordings

photo by Mark Lee

photo by Mark Lee

This independent record label celebrates ten years of unconventional formats and fascinating local and national artists this year. And there’s plenty of achievements to celebrate in 2012 alone: new acquisition Kishi Bashi was named NPR’s best new artist of the year. The label achieved worldwide distribution and released a celebrated flexi-disc series featuring artists like The Melvins and Sufjan Stevens. But most exciting for Indy residents is the permanent show space-cum-office-cum-record store in Fountain Square’s Murphy Arts Center. Joyful Noise has received acclaim for their dedication to analog formats and high-quality, extremely limited releases. Their support of talented local artists (including Sleeping Bag, Marmoset and Memory Map, among others) is just the cherry on top.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick

Years in the making, this visionary, eight-mile path through Indianapolis highlights various icons and landmarks, while giving users a good reason to explore the city. It’s an urban bike and pedestrian path that connects Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave, the Canal and White River State Park and the Wholesale District, while providing links to the entire Central Indiana greenway system. Led by Central Indiana Community Foundation, among others, the Cultural Trail is a true collaboration, highlighting health, along with appreciation for our ever-growing Downtown. Their May grand opening will invite users to “get down on it,” and will elevate the already-known Cultural Trail to legendary status.

Indy Reads Books

Indy Reads is a laudable, long-standing nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of adult illiteracy in Central Indiana. Indy Reads trains volunteers to tutor adults who come forward to improve their literacy skills. Over the years, Indy Reads has produced a number of programs, from spelling bees to scavenger hunts, in an effort to help people better understand the dimensions of adult illiteracy and to raise the funds needed to address the issue. But they took it up a notch or two with an ambitious venture that literally places Indy Reads on the city’s map: a bookstore called Indy Reads Books. Not only is it a constant, on-going fundraiser for Indy Reads, it’s also the city’s only Downtown bookstore, and a destination for all things written and spoken word.

Indy Urban Acres

The locally grown food movement in Indianapolis continues to flourish, and Indy Urban Acres is an exemplary addition. This eight-acre organic farm donates 100 percent of its harvest to families in need. In 2012, over 35,000 lbs. of fresh organic produce was grown; each one of those pounds represents a main course or a side dish, but also security in a food-insecure world. In addition, over 1,000 kids visited Indy Urban Acres in 2012, seeing for themselves how food is grown — and how to grow their own. Add in the 500 or more volunteers and you can see how this establishment is a true community effort to provide nourishment to those who might not otherwise have access.

People for Urban Progress

Indy’s ultimate re-purposers, PUP’s work can be seen throughout the city. On a grand scale, they take what others would throw away, and turn into useful and meaningful items. Their first project was salvaging the RCA Dome roof, which gave birth to many items – bags, wallets and other accessories made out of roof material, along with shade canopies. Most recently, they salvaged Bush Stadium’s seats and have begun installing them in IndyGo bus stops. But their projects extend beyond that to such endeavors as car sharing, yellow grease recycling, solar panel installation on brownfields, plus infographics that show the common person how they might negotiate our city’s government.

Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Judy O’Bannon

photo by Michelle Craig

photo by Michelle Craig

Mrs. O’Bannon is perhaps best known for her role as First Lady of Indiana (1997-2003), but much of her life has been dedicated to community engagement. A graduate of IU with a degree in social work, she was selected as a Rockefeller Theological Scholar, and was the first woman to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Society. In addition, she holds nine honorary degrees. Mrs. O’Bannon is actively involved in media entities, as Chairman of The O’Bannon Publishing Company (Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers) and as host and producer of the WFYI TV public television series Communities Building Community as well as her television series, Judy O’Bannon’s Foreign Exchange. We are honored to shine a light on this extraordinary life lived in service to others.

By Jim Poyser | Managing Editor |