ICC Executive Director to Co-Chair Citywide Day of Service, Indy Do Day

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The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is thrilled to announce that its executive director, Don Steffy, is a co-chair for Indy Do Day 2015. Indy Do Day is fast becoming Indianapolis' largest day of community service.

ICC Executive Director Don Steffy

“Indy Do Day allows arts providers and artists to roll up their sleeves alongside community residents to make a difference for the greater good."

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is thrilled to announce that its executive director, Don Steffy, is a co-chair for Indy Do Day 2015. Indy Do Day is fast becoming Indianapolis' largest day of community service. Mr. Steffy has long been involved with community service as an active Rotarian for nearly 20 years with Rotary International. Mr. Steffy has served on the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and its local philanthropic foundation. He also leads the Indianapolis arts scene as president of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators (ICAA), a leadership group of nearly 50 arts CEOs representing Indianapolis arts organizations large and small.

"I have always believed that the arts are essential to a vibrant community life, and that we as performing and visual arts leaders and artists are an integral part of the local citizenry of any community,” says Mr. Steffy. “Indy Do Day allows arts providers and artists to roll up their sleeves alongside community residents to make a difference for the greater good."

This year Indy Do day spans three days, October 1-3, when hundreds of businesses and nonprofit organizations will engage in this city-wide day of service. Created as an extension of Eli Lilly and Company's Global Day of Service, Indy Do Day is a people-powered community partnership where citizens of Indianapolis and beyond get to know their neighbors, take ownership of neighborhoods and take care of each other. Simply find a need in your neighborhood or with your favorite charity and go serve! The investment can be one hour or several hours. The idea is to DO something.

Last year’s Indy Do Day involved more than 18,000 volunteers, including WNBA all-star Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever. Visit http://www.indydoday.org to discover how you, your business, or your favorite non-profit can participate and help make a difference.

Indy Do Day is being led by the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, and the event’s leadership team is being co-chaired by Ramona Adams of RJE Business Interiors in addition to the ICC's very own executive director, Don Steffy. Rounding out the leadership team are Debra Des Vignes of HVAF of Indiana, Inc.; Michael Schiele; a local business man in the financial services industry; and Dave Bunn of Dave Bunn Travels. Adding to the arts leadership for Indy Do Day are marketing co-chairs, Mary Jane Sorbera of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the ICC’s Director of Alumni Relations and Webmaster, Stephen McCoy.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and First Lady Winnie are serving as honorary chairs of Indy Do Day, alongside other civic leaders, including:

Frank Basile, professional speaker, author, community volunteer, and philanthropist; Miriam Acevedo, president and CEO of La Plaza, Inc., and board and committee member of organizations such as the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund and the Spirit and Place Steering Committee; Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber, and active board member of organizations such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Charter School and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful; Clay Robinson, an owner and brewer at the second largest brewery in Indiana, Sun King Brewing Company; Mickey Maurer, board chairman of IBJ Media Corp. and the National Bank of Indianapolis; Ersal Ozdemir, owner and CEO of Keystone Construction Corporation, Keystone Realty Group and Indy Eleven, and board member of organizations such as Indianapolis Museum of Art and Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee; Jim Walker, founder and executive director of Big Car, an Indianapolis nonprofit community creativity organization that aims to bring art to people and people to art.

Last year, several of the ICC’s choirs, as well as the ICC’s administrative staff and individual board members, joined the movement and participated in multiple projects. This year we are looking to expand the ICC’s involvement. The arts are taking a large role in helping our city demonstrate that Indianapolis is one of the most civically engaged cities in the nation.

The ICC is extremely proud to have its executive director helping to lead the charge with such well-regarded members of the Indianapolis community for Indy’s largest day of service.

About the ICC:
Currently in its 30th season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Henry Leck, the ICC serves more than 5,000 central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. To enroll a child, attend a concert, or make a financial donation, visit icchoir.org or call 317.940.9640.

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