Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile
Feb04

Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k & Mocha Mile

Chocolate + running; what’s not to love? I may be a bit biased here because those are two of my very favorite things, but there’s something for everyone to love at the inaugural Cupid’s Chocolate Chase 5k on February 13th. Race Directors Mike Else and Ryan Walters have teamed up with several local businesses to put on this pre-Valentine’s Day event in downtown Fort Wayne. The race will feature a 5k distance as well as a 1-mile option. And even if running or walking isn’t your bag, the extra goodies provided should be enough to entice anyone into participating. “All participants will receive chocolate treats from DeBrand Fine Chocolates, a cookie from Ellison Bakery, hot chocolate from the Mocha Lounge and chocolate dipping treats from Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain and those 21+ will also receive a beer from Summit City Brewerks.  For an additional cost we will have beer, wine, as well as wine slushies from Two EE’s Winery,” Else said. Sound too good to be true? Well it gets better. All proceeds from the race will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. A representative from the Indiana Chapter of the ALS Association will be on hand race day to accept the donation. Sadly, co-race director Ryan Walters lost his father to ALS. This was the driving motivation behind the creation of the race. “I had the idea to put on a fun themed type of race that would be something different,” Else mentioned. The start and finish of the race will be directly outside of Parkview Field and the course will be along the city streets just south of the stadium. Maps of both courses are available on the race website. There will be a post-race party at Parkview Field with food, drinks, live music, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. All proceeds will benefit the ALS Association of Indiana. “It’s our first year for the race and we would like to thank all our great sponsors and look forward to making this a yearly event in downtown Fort Wayne!” Else added. Online registration is open until February 11th or until all of the 800 spots are still open. Currently, there are less than 200 spots left, so make sure to register right away if you want to be a part of this amazing event! Head over to CupidsChocolateChase.com to secure your spot! If there are still spots available, there will be registration available at packet pickup on Friday, February 12th from 4 pm til 7 pm at DeBrand as well as race morning from 7:30 til 8:30...

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YLNI Masquerade Ball set for February 6 at Embassy Theatre
Jan27

YLNI Masquerade Ball set for February 6 at Embassy Theatre

Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) has announced their flagship social event, the Masquerade Ball will take place on February 6, 2016 at Historic Embassy Theatre in downtown Fort Wayne. This year’s theme for the black-tie optional party A Night at the Opera. Tickets are available to anyone over 21, and are $55 for YLNI members, $60 for individuals, and $100 for couples. Admission cost includes beer and wine, food from Catablu, and music from All Star DJs. This signature event is YLNI’s way of commemorating another successful and prosperous year in Northeast Indiana. The event demonstrates that being a part of this unique community is something worth celebrating. More details about the YLNI Masquerade Ball can be found at ylniball.com, on the YLNI Facebook page under Events, or by contacting John Foxworthy at john@ylni.org. About Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) YLNI is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, committed to making the community a better place. The YLNI mission is to attract, develop, and retain emerging leaders through community, professional, and social engagement. All of YLNI’s efforts are focused on three core endeavors: community growth & development; volunteering & involvement; and personal & professional...

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Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert
Oct21

Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert

A pretty unique opportunity was offered to me last week. Or, I should say, the opportunity was offered to Living Fort Wayne and I humbly accepted it on behalf of the team. The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour was rolling through Fort Wayne on one of its last stops and we were asked if we’d like to cover the show. The concert was promoted as a “girls night out” and featured Courtney Cole, Clare Dunn, Raelynn (of The Voice fame), and Miranda Lambert. A little backstory: during my senior year of college, I was a marketing intern at Sweetwater Sound and was able to attend a Miranda Lambert concert with the owner of Wechter Guitars (a division of Sweetwater). We got backstage passes to meet her and give her a custom-made Wechter guitar. Also, my college roommate listened to her all the time and she eventually grew on me, so I have a soft spot for Miranda Lambert and I likely always will. I was very excited for the concert and then I found out that our tickets were to come with a press pass. The press passes were specifically for one photographer to take photos for the first three songs of each artist. After those three songs were finished, said photographer was to leave his or her camera with personnel. That was completely reasonable, except for the fact that I don’t necessarily consider myself a professional photographer. I suppose technically, legally, and logistically speaking I am considered a professional photographer because I do photography at my real job and have done freelance photography for which I’ve been compensated. With most roles I fill in my life, I tend to do a lot of different types of tasks (like a real renaissance woman.) So I wasn’t scared to take photos of Miranda Lambert… Just kidding, I was pretty terrified, but I didn’t want that to stop me. I decided to just pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing. My friend Ashley and I showed up at the Coliseum just after 7:30 and went up to the will call window. They gave me the press pass and tickets in an envelope with my name actually printed on it (with my last name spelled correctly) which I was much more excited about than it really warranted. We went up the escalator and met Nathan, the Vice President of Sales for the Coliseum. He was extremely friendly and helpful and told us exactly how everything would work for the evening and where I would be able to go to take photos. Pretty soon, it was time for me to head out into the concert. I’m going...

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YLNI Member Highlights by Mark Lash
Aug11

YLNI Member Highlights by Mark Lash

Written for Living Fort Wayne by Mark Lash “Excuse me, could you hold the door for me?” That is something you almost never hear in Fort Wayne. If you ever visit a Fort Wayne campus, you will notice that a student or faculty member is almost always willing to hold the door for you without having to ask them. This one small act of kindness isn’t just specific to the campuses either. It’s a Fort Wayne thing. My first experiences in Fort Wayne began in my early college years. As a freshman, I was young, full of ambition, and a little nervous coming from a small town. Through my 5 years as a student, the campus grew very rapidly. Huge buildings and recreational centers popped up year after year. Major programs like medicine were added to the growing list of degrees offered, and the already large and diverse student body was growing at record pace… all of this during the midst of one of the greatest recessions since the great depression. Similarly, the City of Fort Wayne has fared the recession quite remarkably. During this past downturn, housing markets faltered across the nation leaving many American’s owing way more for their houses than they were worth.  While Fort Wayne’s markets had undoubtedly been affected by the economic downturn, the overall economy in general was not as ravaged as some other economic markets. Just like the local university, the city of Fort Wayne has shown resolve in the midst of widespread economic adversity. The professors that taught the 150 plus credit hours throughout my 5 years are a great reason for the telling success of the university. Instructors that know your name and are well-connected within the local community also have an obvious desire to improve their students’ academic and practical knowledge on a personal level. The difficulty of the courses and complexity of the theory taught in the classrooms combined with the small class sizes provided an excellent way for the faculty to mentor their students to success. Moreover, they felt a constituency to their students to provide them with the knowledge and values that were needed to be successful. Similar to the professors being the major reason for the success of the university, the people of Fort Wayne are the reason for this city’s success. As a CPA at Crowe Horwath LLP here in Fort Wayne, I have the privilege to work with many community members, firms, and organizations. I have the vantage point of an eagle, so to speak, and it’s clear to me why Fort Wayne and the community can show such resolve in such hard...

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Let’s Comedy Presents Pure Joy for Everyone Tour: Featuring Krish Mohan and Stewart Huff
Jul15

Let’s Comedy Presents Pure Joy for Everyone Tour: Featuring Krish Mohan and Stewart Huff

  The Pure Joy for Everyone Tour featuring Krish Mohan and Stewart Huff will be making a stop in Fort Wayne for one night only this Friday, July 17th. This unique night of stand up comedy is brought to you by Let’s Comedy and will begin at 9 pm in the Tiger Room at CS3. Tickets are only $10 and are available in advance here or at the door.   Mohan and Huff began the Pure Joy for Everyone tour in Chicago on Monday and will perform 14 shows over the next 14 days.   The two comics met when Mohan opened for Huff at West Virginia University.   “I was familiar with who he was and was pretty excited to do the show with him,”  Mohan explained. “Stewart’s hour was fantastic and we chatted about comedy after the show. Past that, we kept in touch and chatted more and I opened for him [again] at the Joke Joint in St. Paul, and then we started planning the current tour.”   Mohan, who has been doing comedy for 10 years, got his start at a high school talent show when he was 16. After that, he performed at shows where comedy didn’t quite fit in like fashion shows, opening for bands, and outdoor festivals.   “Doing these sorts of shows helped me work on material and write better to get an unwilling crowd into the show,” Mohan said.   Huff echoed this statement, saying that some of his favorite places to perform are where people don’t like what he’s saying.   “Performing in ‘open-minded’ clubs is fun but performing where people hate me actually makes me a better comic,” Huff explained.   Huff, who has been doing stand up for the past 20 years, recently released his 3rd comedy CD, titled ‘Stewart Huff, Probably.’ He is currently working on his next hour.   “I’m very pleased with the new material thus far,” he said. “I really enjoy trying to figure out exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it. It’s the most rewarding part of this art form.”   Huff wanted to be a writer starting in high school, but never told anyone, let alone show them the stories he had been secretly crafting. It wasn’t until after he dropped out of college that he decided to try his hand at comedy at an open mic night.   “It was terrifying AND nobody laughed. I got zero laughs. But I loved it,” Huff said. “My body revolted from the experience in every way possible but my brain wanted to do it again. So I decided I would be a comedian...

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