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Stutz Automobile Company – An Indianapolis Original

Stutz 8 being restored by Kent Riddle. Hood Ornament and Stuitz emblem on front grill

Stutz 8 automobile being restored by Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle. Hood Ornament and Stutz emblem on front grill

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Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Best USA Museum

I grew up going to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. When I became an adult, it was always a treat to still walk in the doors – some of my favorite memories are shooting Top 5 lists or an event with DoItIndy at the museum. Congrats. #BeUrban

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Press Release
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
http://www.childrensmuseum.org/

USA Today polled its readers to determine the best family museum in the nation. Hundreds of thousands voted and the winner is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis!

Discerning families are searching for quality museums and attractions that the whole family can enjoy together. Voters made it clear they want to spend quality time together, learning and creating wonderful family memories in a place that has something special for every age and every interest.

The 10Best article states: “Families would be challenged to find a more impressive museum for the little ones. This Indianapolis attraction is the largest children’s museum on the globe, with over 29 acres to its name. Exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to immersive cultural experiences. Consistently ranked as a top family destination in the nation, The…

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The Year 2013 in Pictures – Indy, SlickLaroo and the Michigan Mitten

What a year 2013 was….BIG changes on all fronts. Life, work and much more has changed in 12 months. So…for all you Indy peeps and beyond, my third year in pictures list.

2012 Year in Pictures Blog
  |  2011 Year in Pictures Blog

The year started off well with the amazing New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball at Union Station

The year started off well with the amazing New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at Union Station

Shooting a promo video for Red's Classic Barber Shop. I love that place - hot shaves, haircuts and man stuff.

Shooting a promo video for Red’s Classic Barber Shop. I love that place – hot shaves, haircuts and man stuff.

DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Norton Records benefit party with Cheetah Chrome and Deezen.

DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Norton Records benefit party with Cheetah Chrome and Deezen.

I proposed to my wife on live TV in early February 2013.

I proposed to my wife on live TV in early February 2013.

I love roller derby. DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Naptown Roller Girls for three years.

I love roller derby. DoItIndy was a proud sponsor of the Naptown Roller Girls for three years.

Slick Laroo and I dined at White Castle for Valentine's day 2013

Slick Laroo and I dined at White Castle for Valentine’s day 2013

The Burton's National Maple Syrup Festival is amazing.

The Burton’s National Maple Syrup Festival is amazing.

I love Mutt Strutt. This was my third year to walk in the fun on the most famous race track in the world. Posing at the Brickyard.

I love Mutt Strutt. This was my third year to walk in the fun on the most famous race track in the world. Posing at the Brickyard.

Yes. I do like beer, especially local craft beer. Here I am representing DoItIndy with my cousin Eric (Eat Urban). 30th Annual Brew Ha-Ha at the Phoenix Theatre.

Yes. I do like beer, especially local craft beer. Here I am representing DoItIndy with my cousin Eric (Eat Urban). 30th Annual Brew Ha-Ha at the Phoenix Theatre.

My final Saturday morning with Fox 59 and DoItIndy before moving to Grand Rapids. #BeUrban

My final Saturday morning with Fox 59 and DoItIndy before moving to Grand Rapids. #BeUrban

I got married to the wonderful Slick Laroo.

I got married to the wonderful Slick Laroo.

Slick and I went to the pumpkin patch in the Mitten.

Slick and I went to the Dunneback Farm pumpkin patch in the Mitten.

I started a very cool job at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I work in new media and community relations.

I started a job at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. I work in new media and community relations.

I got to walk as a Mary Free Bed elf in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade.

I got to walk as a Mary Free Bed elf in the Grand Rapids Santa Parade.

Slick and I decided to become cat people. We adopted a kitty and named her Betty. Nala and Betty and best friends.

Slick and I decided to become cat people. We adopted a kitty and named her Betty. Nala and Betty are best friends.

IndyFringe Theatre and Fest – An Indy love of mine

Introducing the 2012 IndyFringe - DoItIndy party.

Introducing the 2012 IndyFringe – DoItIndy party. More in 2013!

When we started DoItIndy in 2010 a theatre and its shows hit my radar very quickly – IndyFringe. I love to look back at the first IndyFringe Winter Magic Festival which is where I met Pauline Moffat, executive director. I didn’t know it at the time but that would be the start of an amazing relationship. Check out one of our first videos – we have gotten A LOT better now. 🙂

Months later I was looking at the BIG IndyFringe Festival program and thought to myself, “we need to get involved.” That is exactly what happened. In 2012 I came on board to help work with the social media efforts of IndyFringe and to do some communications volunteering. Amazing. I never truly knew how much good the organization does for SO MANY people. Can I say amazing again.

In 2012 we started the first ever “official” hahstag for the IndyFringe Theatre Festival – #Fringe12. I had no idea what would happen – we trended for multiple days in Indy, the festival grew over 20 percent and we were engaged with more people than ever before. I can’t say it all happened because of social media, but a LOT did. Plus DoItIndy came on as a sponsor and had a COOL party at the #Fringe beer tent.

After that I returned to my graduate classes in the fall and had the opportunity to create a public relations plan for a nonprofit company in Indy. Of course I wanted to use IndyFringe – our group of four created a campaign that was amazing, strategic and used both traditional and new media. Let’s say that it has worked.

The first big part was indyfringetalk.org – a blog that talks about theatre, volunteerism, Indy, tech and more. The blog has been live now for about a month and we have seen some amazing writing and comments! Exactly what we envisioned it being – a tool to connect with more of our audience. Phase two – the actual indyfringe.org website and it needed some help. Patrick McCarney (tech director) took the lead and together we helped create what you see today. More info, easier navigation, Progressive site (changes for mobile devices) and a streamlined look.

If you would like to read a few of my IndyFringe blogs here you go:
Why I volunteer and love IndyFringe
IndyFringe and social media – it can work

Engagement photos with Kelly

Many thanks to Michael Anthony Photography for the amazing pictures. We went to downtown Indianapolis and took pics at the Artsgarden, Monument Circle and Mass Ave. Kelly and I love our city and can’t wait to get married in the Indiana Statehouse on September 28, 2013. Please visit our wedding website at wedbk.com our you can use the Twitter hashtag #WedBK to chat with us.

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Bands 4 Boobies 2013

Give Back - come and party with us to live, local music.

Proud sponsor & emcee of the 2013 Bands 4 Boobies charity rock show.

My good friend, Shawn June (writer of the DoItIndy theme song) called me up a few weeks ago and told me about a new charity show. Bands 4 Boobies. He asked if I might be interested in being involved and helping spread the word and have the crew help emcee. I was completely sold on the idea when he asked. My mother (Barb) is a breast cancer survivor and then a decade later had another cancer battle. Thank goodness she beat the odds both times and is still with us. I will do this for her.

Hanging out with my parents at an Indianapolis Colts game in 2012.

Hanging out with my parents at an Indianapolis Colts game in 2012.

DoItIndy Music Editor MPCavalier’s blog

I chatted with Jason Oldham of Audio Hitmen (creator of show) and told him we were in. There will be TWO locations on Saturday, April 20, 2013 for Bands 4 Boobies. Kelly’s Pub on the west side of Indianapolis and Drifty’s Sports Pub on the south side of Indy. Jason will be emcee of Kelly’s Pub and the DoItIndy crew will be emcees of Drifty’s Pub! Fun starts at 7:30 p.m.

More info and band lineups online. Please like the Facebook page of Bands 4 Boobies and be informed. Thanks for all your help.

Audio Hitmen in the DoItIndy studio to film a promo for Bands 4 Boobies.

Audio Hitmen in the DoItIndy studio to film a promo for Bands 4 Boobies.

Brackets for Good in Indy

Proud media sponsor of the 2013 Brackets for Good.

Proud media sponsor of the 2013 Brackets for Good.

When I was a child my father used to volunteer for the Madison County (Anderson, Indiana) American Red Cross chapter. I remember being 10 or 11 years old and helping him with a ducky derby race along the White River. My dad looked at me and said, “You always have to help out Son. No matter where you are or what you do, you have to help people out.” I never thought much of that until I was older. Now, I am proud to help give back to Indianapolis and the people who need help.

BFG13 - Media Sponsor

I remember seeing Brackets for Good last year, but it got by me. This year, I knew DoItIndy had to help out in the best way we could, promotions. Someday we will have funds to donate, but not yet. Our reach is far and wide and reaches many mediums so I contacted the #BFG13 guys. I was very glad to hear their enthusiasm as I told them we could help out and try to get the word ALL OVER INDY! 🙂

Brackets for Good website

So…if you can: $1 equals 1 point. Support your favorite out  of the Indianapolis group. A grand prize awaits the nonprofit that raises the most points!

CLICK HERE to view the DoItIndy blog that talks the bracket more

Thanks for all your help. DoItIndy is always committed to helping Indianapolis in any way we can, and this is just the right fit.

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A Drink with Ben & Steve: Google + Hangout

Social Media and Google + Hangout

Ben and Steve will chat social media, the drink of the week and life on the 30 minute weekly webcast.

A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Steve Neville, of Intelligent Designs Media said we should chat social media more. We geek out. I completely agreed as I’m a social media junkie and can talk platforms and strategies all the time. Yes, this conversation was had while drinking a beer.

SO…a Google + Hangout was thought up. There are a lot of different podcasts about social media, but none focus on being a gentleman, having a gentleman’s beverage and social media. This week we chat #Vine – the new web six second video platform to use with Twitter.

I hope that you will join us to chat social media and just have some fun. The link to the Google + Hangout will be posted around 7:10-7:15 on Thursday evening via our Twitter handles. We will also take live questions and chat from Twitter – please use the hashtag #DrinkWBS to chime in and say hi!

Ben Risinger on Twitter: @Ben Risinger  |  Steve Neville on Twitter: @IntelMediaGroup