Month: December 2011

2011 was a very interesting year…

Every year of your life is interesting in my opinion, just some are much more noteworthy than others. Sitting back this evening and thinking about what direction my life has taken makes me think this was a VERY interesting year! I have lived a great life over the past 12 months and I am very thankful for what God has given to me. You never know what is going to happen, so try to make the most of every day!

Over the past year, I’ve been privileged to attend some of the absolute best events that Indianapolis offers. I thought it would be cool to post some of my favorite 2011 pictures. These are my memories from going out in the inner city of Indianapolis (inside the 465 Loop). Enjoy. Let me know what you think. 2012 will bring some new and exciting things! Stay urban and get out and DoItIndy!

I got a very cool piece of art

The student art show featured works from the You Are Beautiful campaign. I won a piece that now sits in the DoItIndy studio. Very cool to see the student's work!

Always great food for $30

Devour Downtown - Happens every summer and winter. DoItIndy is now a proud sponsor of the event. Love great food for $30!

Always good to give back!

Got to experience more dogs in one place than ever before at Mutt Strutt 2011! My dog Nala was done by the end - but we walked for a good cause. Dogs!

I still can't believe that Si Greene's is haunted!

We did a paranormal investigation of Si Greene's Pub. Unreal! I still can't believe what we've found. AND...more to this story coming soon in 2011!

The best food in town

Soul Food Friday happens at the Madame Walker Theatre on Indiana Avenue. Amazing soul food from our city for a great price. This is a MUST if you have never experienced.

The best street art fair in the country

The Talbot Street Art Fair is the oldest street art fair in the United States. Amazing vendors locally and from across the country bring their art to Indianapolis.

The annual Woodruff Place Flea Market

The Woodruff Place Flea Market happens the first weekend of June every year. Amazing to see what people bring out to sale. Great food from vendors too!

The best mustache bunch in all of Indiana

Tolin, Producer Asa and I grew our mustaches for prostate cancer and men's health. The Movember Indy movement has really started to take off! Join us in 2012 as we grow our big mustaches again.

Brew Bracket blind taste testing of Indiana Microbrews

Proud sponsor of BrewBracket. A blind taste testing of Indiana Microbrews. Nothing better than that. Held twice each year - the next beer up is wheat!

Very proud of the world champions - Indianapolis ComedySportz

What a great time when ComedySportz Indianapolis won the ComedySportz World Championship! If you have never experienced one of their shows on Mass Ave - you have to TODAY!

The best local Indy music showcase in the city

Nothing better than SIx Bands 4 Six Bucks! This in my opinion is the best local music showcase that Indy has to offer (and it is cheap). DoItIndy will be the lead sponsor again coming up in March. I'm pumped to be the emcee one more time!

The best roller derby league in the WFTDA - Naptown Roller Girls

We are a sponsor of the 2011-12 Naptown Roller Girls season. AWESOME! This is some of the best entertainment/sports that this city has to offer. Fun for the whole family...sit in the suicide seat section (18 & over).

The Indianapolis New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

DoItIndy is a proud sponsor of the NYE Masquerade Ball

Indianapolis New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

This Saturday night is one of my favorite events of the year. Last year DoItIndy had only been around for six weeks and we were fortunate enough to cover one of the coolest parties I had ever been too. The people are relaxed, the music is good, the beverages are a great price, and the NUVO VIP lounge is right on. It was a no-brainer for us to sponsor such a great event alongside Stella Artois, Paul Poteet, the Smiley Morning Show, HH Gregg and Nuvo. The Indianapolis New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball is the place to be.

Great time all around at the Masquerade Ball

The beginning of the night before all the great festivities in the Grand Hall at Union Station!

The venue is absolutely perfect, nothing like historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis. I used to come to the former mall when I was a kid with my parents and love to hang out. The Grand Hall is beautiful and the HUGE stained glass windows give the perfect backdrop to bring in the new year! People dance, people walked around in wild costumes, face painting, people in masks…a very cool time. The thing I like was that some people wore costumes, some wore dresses, some were casual, other in full evening wear – everyone had fun no matter what!

The winner of the costume contest - Gene Simmons

My DoItIndy co-host Scott Tolin with the winner of last year's costume contest. He won the last two years!

Tickets are reasonable, you are in downtown Indy, NUMEROUS cabs, NUMEROUS hotels, there is no reason why you shouldn’t come to this party if you live in Indianapolis and be safe. AND…it sells out every year so get your tickets NOW. Here is where you go – the website www.indynewyears.com. DoItTODAY! :) The band My Yellow Rickshaw will be playing and when they are done, a DJ steps in to give you all the tunes. PLUS…the emcee this year will be Dave Smiley from the 99.5 WZPL Smiley in the Morning Show and of course Paul Poteet will be in the house. Cool.

The Masquerade Ball was in full effect last year!

The Masquerade Ball fills up FAST! This picture was taken a little before midnight.

If you are interested in tickets, DoItIndy will be giving away 1 pair every day this week heading up into Saturday. You have to “Like” our Facebook page and “Follow” us on Twitter @doitindy and answer the short and easy question. That is the best gift to bring in 2012! Enjoy our video from the 2011 Masquerade Ball below. See you soon! :)

Hanging out in the Nuvo VIP Lounge

Always fun at the Indianapolis New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball

Happy Holidays. Thanks for a great year in 2011 Indianapolis!

I wanted to take a second and say thank you Indianapolis. The past year has been a wild one both personally and professionally on SO many different levels. DoItIndy has really taken off and people like to know the cool events happening in urban Indianapolis. I’ve never had so much fun promoting the wonderful and awesome city we live in.
It is also been a time for me to look at taking that leap and bound – going the distance and finally becoming the Public Relations professional I aspire to be. Go time.  This is going to happen…look for some truly great things to be announced in early 2012!

Hanging at the Ice Castle

A picture taken at the Jolly Days Winter Wonderland exhibit taken at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Personally, I have continued graduate school at IUPUI, met some wonderful  new people, loved and lost and learned more about who I am and what I need and want as the journey of life continues. As each year goes on I think about what life should truly be to for happiness and how I continue to evolve, learn and figure myself out. Been a great year for growing. I will get it all right in about 50 years, or at least I think I will.?!
I am very thankful for the good friends, family and others who have helped me along life’s path.

Thank you all. Enjoy your holiday season and have the best New Year in 2012! Be urban…and get out and DoItIndy!

Happy Holidays from DoItIndy

Have a safe and happy holiday season Indianapolis

Goodbye to Movember and my mustache for 2011!

KC, Ben, Asa, Scott

The DoItIndy crew was out shooting pics and video. More to come soon!

What a wild 12 weeks it was with a mustache! I never thought it would bring as many discussions, looks and laughs. Sporting a mustache in 2011 just isn’t the normal thing to do. Especially a very long mustache as the one I had grown. I am very happy to say that we raised a total of $635 for the Movember charity. I had a great time wearing a mustache. And…I kinda miss it.
Movember is a worldwide charity that raises money for prostate cancer research and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. http://www.movember.com I would like to thank everyone who donated – it means very much to me and the rest of the DoItIndy crew. Tolin, myself and Producer Asa all three grew our mustaches out for the month.

Lots of good Movember Mustaches

The crowd gathers as the Movember Gala mustache competition starts at the Tomlinson Tap Room

Our Movember Page: www.mobro.co/doitindy We raised $635!

Thanks to all the cool people/businesses we met along the way: Bryan Kendall, Movember Indy, Flat 12 Bierworks & Bob, Red’s Classic Barber Shop (Rufus and the crew), and many more. Thanks for getting on board and helping the cause!

The DoItIndy crew

As the first week of December hit, we shaved our mustaches. Thanks to Tolin and Producer Asa for growing a mustache with me!

Donation list to the DoItIndy Movember Cause
Anonymous – “Keep that stache rocking Big Ben!”
Polly Willhite
Kelly Campbell – “Save the balls!”
Thunderlight Studios – “Ben – Love the “MO” – you are rockin’ it my friend!!!!”
Stefanie Wiseman
Jerry Maple
Rhianon Waltman
Katie Warner – “I think what u guys r doing is awesome! Yay for healthy men!!”
Ryan & Shannon McWaters – “We want “Mo”….yeah!”
Barb Risinger
Andy Frazier
Sara Nathan
Steve and Vicki Tolin
Genna Hughes
Kelly Campbell
Jon Pianki
Jennifer Vail
Brad Hall
Holly and Matt Sommers
All the people who have donated for mustaches at Si Greene’s Pub: Devon Ashcraft, Steve Beasley, Sharron McKnight, Jammin Joe Hutton, 1st Place, Jake & Elaine, Brooke M., Robin Greene, Taylor K., Tanya, Joe Loyd, Biff, Mike W., Tammy G., Paige K., Jessi M., LeeAnn R., Eddie, W.W.T., Katie McKnight, D.O.I.D. 333, Ron Jeremy, The Bells Family, Dick Digger, Pops Greene, and Si Greene’s Staff with a $15 donation!

Thanks to my buddy Eric Thomas (@airthom) of http://www.SolarFlarePhoto.com  for the great Movember Gala pictures.