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Back In Time

New mural exhibit explains what happened in Evansville’s past
Designers Dana Samples and Matt Wagner, along with Rachel Wambach, created the new mural “What Happened Here."

When the new mural timeline exhibit “What Happened Here” debuted in the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science in January, local designers Matt Wagner, Rachel Wambach, and Dana Samples admit they were both excited and relieved to unveil their final work.

“Anytime you try to undertake something that’s this lengthy of a process and this big, there’s a lot of pressure,” says Wagner. “We all knew that this was going to be something that was going to be a major part of the architecture of this building in a lot of ways.”

Wagner, Wambach, and Samples designed the new mural, which runs 76 feet from the end of The Eykamp Pavilion to the start of the Rivertown, U.S.A. area, as part of a grant awarded to the museum by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. Museum employees, including curators Tom Lonnberg and Karen Malone and museum intern Leigh Eubanks, researched the history of the Evansville area before 1812, the year of the city’s founding. The timeline of the mural spans 15 billion years, including the eruption of volcanoes and the forming of settlements by European immigrants.

“We thought it would be interesting to tell why or how this spot where Evansville is evolved over the years prior to 1812,” says Lonnberg.

The museum team also relied on help from the University of Southern Indiana’s Department of Geology and Physics and Department of History, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, and other area historians to verify the data for the mural. The design team decided on the geometric-styled illustrated approach, wanting the mural to be bright, colorful, fun, and engaging, says Wagner.

“To see everyone’s faces, all the ones who hadn’t seen any of the process yet, and to see their faces light up when they saw (the mural) and actually realized the size of it … it was a great experience,” adds Samples.

Along with telling the story of Evansville before settlers arrived, the mural also provides an opportunity for visitors to touch and view rocks found in the area, and replicas of the fur and tooth of a mammoth.

“It’s been great to see the number of families who read it together,” says Malone. “I think it’s been very positive, it’s very colorful, and I’ve heard lots of great things.”

For more information about the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, call 812-425-2406 or visit evansvillemuseum.org.

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It’s a Smash!

Smash Bash gives participants the opportunity to smash and bash a machine with each donation.

It’s been immortalized on screen in movies like “Office Space” and has served as the subject of countless daydreams — taking out frustration on the office printer or the pesky piece of old machinery that seems to be the bane of your workday.

Leave those 9-to-5 blues behind and relieve some stress — or adrenaline — at this year’s Smash Bash. Sponsored by Alpha Laser and Imaging, the April 28 event gives participants the opportunity to smash and bash a machine with each donation.

Money raised from the day of demolition and fun will be donated to three local nonprofit organizations: The Arc of Evansville, 4C of Southern Indiana, and Youth First.

Free food and drinks will keep participants fueled up and hydrated as they take on an evening of smashing and bashing, jumping in the bounce house, or taking aim at the dunk tank.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will be on hand to kick off the smashing at 4 p.m. when he takes an excavator to a machine on Alpha Laser and Imaging’s campus at 5815 Metro Center Drive.

Participants will have the chance to use a mini excavator to bash a machine courtesy of Southeastern Equipment.

For more information about Smash Bash, visit the event’s Facebook page. To register for the event, visit itrsvp.com/m/e47u5.

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Music City

Memorial alumni band members take influences to Nashville’s Future Thieves
Future Thieves commands the stage at Backstage Bar and Grill last Thanksgiving.

Tri-State musicians move to Nashville, Tennessee, all the time chasing their dreams. Reitz Memorial High School alumni Nick Goss and Austin McCool did just that, but not with country music in their heads. They went to rock.

Goss and McCool grew up like many other Midwestern rock fans listening to a mixture of classic and alternative rock. They played in bands together, trying to find their footing in the local music scene playing school talent shows wherever they could.

“We were like a lot of high school kids, taking lessons. Just about everyone I knew was learning an instrument,” says Goss. “As high school kids we couldn’t just gig anywhere, so like most we played at places like 1123 and Wired Coffee House, and we recorded at the old Guitar Lab off Green River Road.” 

Goss attended his first concert at the now demolished Roberts Municipal Stadium, a place where many dreams of rock and roll started in Evansville.

“It was Styx and REO Speedwagon,” he says. “I remember seeing what was going on and knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

After a brief stint at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, the musicians headed south.

It was in Nashville where the Evansville natives met vocalist Elliot Collett and drummer Gianni Gibson, and the band Future Thieves was born. The group pulls strongly from the southern-tinged sounds of Kings of Leon and My Morning Jacket, with deft melodies, big hooks, and tight arrangements. Their sounds suggest song craft, which certainly is a Nashville influence.

“As we write, we layer on and each of us brings their own point to the song. Elliot finds the melody in there and the words come from there,” Goss says of the band, which came together in the fall of 2013.

“We started after having a lot of experience individually, whether it was in the music industry or for Austin and I, it came after we both were at Purdue, and realized that we didn’t want to do that at all,” says Goss.

Collett came from the hills of Kentucky and a coal-mining family. Gibson grew up in Los Angeles and lived in London, hailing from a music industry family.

“We’re all in our mid-20s, and we have a big drive and we love the music we are playing,” says Goss.

Like most ambitious bands, Future Thieves has traveled around the country performing.

“Life on the road is new for us. We bought a van and a trailer and we sleep in the van to save money on hotels,” says Goss. “We play the teeth-cutting clubs and play mostly in front of people who have not heard of us before. We’ll go across the country to find that one person — you never know who they know.”

For the band, the pay-off is communicating with the different audiences they come across. Goss reflects, “It’s great to see how people respond to our music in different parts of the country.”

Future Thieves is doing something right, for sure. So far they’ve had slots at Bonnaroo and Nashville Live on the Green. This year they will be seen at the much-coveted Forecastle Festival in Louisville.

Future Thieves played in Evansville last Thanksgiving at the Backstage Bar and Grill. With their drive and abilities, odds are each time they come to town, the room could get bigger.

The band anticipates playing another show in the Tri-State in April.

Their 2015 debut LP, entitled “Horizon Line,” is available now on all available digital media.

For more information about Future Thieves, visit futurethievesmusic.com.

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In the Limelight

Greg Gibson challenges Henderson community to embrace the arts
Greg Gibson serves as the executive director f or the Henderson Arts Alliance.

All the best works of art — and people — begin with a story.

It’s a lesson Henderson, Kentucky, native Greg Gibson says was one of the most important that he learned when he began his career as an Imagineer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Today the 57-year-old works as the executive director for the Henderson Area Arts Alliance, an organization dedicated to creating a vibrant community through providing quality arts experiences.

“You brainstorm and write the story before you even pick up a pen or a pencil, before you start drawing or designing,” says Gibson, who graduated from Henderson County High School and the University of Cincinnati. “That was a good lesson to learn as a young designer.”

His story begins in Henderson with his two brothers, who were active in sports playing football, basketball, and golf. Gibson attended every art course possible, taking classes at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science and at the former Main Street location of Red Spot Paint and Varnish Co. in Evansville.

“I was a kid who was the product of the arts, and if I hadn’t been, I wouldn’t be sitting here today,” he says.

Gibson’s passion for the arts led him to designing floats during an internship for the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City, interning with Walt Disney World, working for ITEC Productions Entertainment, amusement park and themed entertainment designers located in Orlando, helping to create the $3 million centerpiece for Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses, and theming youth healthcare clinics.

After spending 22 years working in Florida, Gibson returned to his hometown to support and assist his mother in caring for his grandmother. He continued to design healthcare environments for children through Gibson Entertainment Design Associates, a design-consulting firm, such as Playville and the Center for Children at St. Mary’s Medical Center. He also rebranded St. Mary’s Center for Children’s logo. Gibson later became the program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Henderson County.

Two years ago, when a position opened for the director of the Henderson Area Arts Alliance after former director Kyle Arnett Hittner resigned to become executive director of the Henderson County Tourist Commission, Gibson jumped at the opportunity to grow arts in the community.

What are the challenges you face as the executive director of the arts alliance?
I’m a one-man-show. Some of the hats I wear are securing the artists, coordinating food, transportation, hotels, promote and market, selling tickets, and presenting it, and while simultaneously fundraising. We also do art outreach with the schools. The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is totally autonomous from the Fine Arts Center at Henderson Community College. We also support five other art organizations under our umbrella: the Ohio Valley Art League, Henderson Society of Art, W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival, and Bluegrass in the Park and Folklife Festival.

What did you learn from working in entertainment design?
I learned a lot from Henri Landwirth, the founder of Give Kids the World, about marketing, fundraising, and about how to treat people. He was a survivor of the Holocaust and a prisoner in a concentration camp. He was able to be really successful partnering with all these large corporate entities in the Orlando area. His organization is phenomenal. That was a life changer. That led me into designing a lot of healthcare environments for children that were highly themed. It was like an extension of their vacation.

Why is it important to engage youth in the arts?
I know how much it can affect your life in a positive way. There is so much learning that takes place and imagination in giving a child a crayon, a paintbrush, an instrument, and letting them go to town. I feel strongly about that. I know from Gifted and Talented Education teachers how thin they are stretched. They are rotating kids throughout art classes because they don’t have the resources. I really love working with kids. They are inspiring and they will tell you what they think.

What is your overall vision for the arts community?
We have great music festivals. I think we have only tipped the iceberg. I think the Sandy Lee Watkins Songwriters Festival held in Henderson, Kentucky, is just phenomenal. I would love to see partnerships with Evansville like shuttling residents back and forth. There is so much we can do together to secure ourselves as an arts destination. There are so many people born in this zip code that have gifts in art. I would like to incorporate local artists into our annual events and establish an arts endowment to help with our capital.

For more information about the Henderson Area Arts Alliance, call 270-826-5916 or visit haaa.org.

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Go Team Go!

Nothing beats a tailgate party — especially one that raises money for a good cause. SWIRCA & More will host its 12th annual auction Feb. 27 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Ivy Room at SWIRCA & More, 16 W. Virginia St. with a new theme this year — tailgate party.

“In years past, we’ve always done a black tie and gala, but this year we decided to change it to tailgate,” says Rachel Sievers, development coordinator with SWIRCA & More. “We’re trying to get more of our members, employees, and supporters to attend this year.”

The focus of this year’s fundraising is on the activity center. SWIRCA is looking for funds to keep the activity center thriving, allowing members a place to network with others, stay healthy, and have fun.

“We’ve had to do a fee, which is $30 for a (membership to the center),” says Sievers. “We’re just trying to ask our auction participants if they’d be willing to help cover that cost for a senior.”

Those attending the auction are asked to wear a spirited outfit for a chance to win an award. The night’s activities will include a silent auction, stadium food, beer samplings from Turoni’s and Carson’s breweries, and other tailgating activities. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1 and are $30 per person.

For more information about SWIRCA & More’s auction, call 812-464-7800 or visit swirca.org/auction.

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Musical Connection

University of Evansville strives to create sense of community through arts
Director of Bands Dr. Kenneth Steinsultz conducts the University of Evansville Wind Ensemble at the annual Holiday Pops concert.

Then University of Evansville alumna Kaitlin Emmert was completing her practicum as a music therapy major, she worked with a mother and her baby in the neonatal intensive-care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.

“She was doing skin to skin contact with her baby,” says Emmert, who is a music therapist at the Cleveland Clinic. “We were singing a couple of her favorite lullabies and I was helping her sing them in the right tempo and tone. She wasn’t a very good singer, and I kept reassuring her that it didn’t matter. She made an obvious connection with her child, which is hard to do when they are in the NICU.

“That was a memorable moment for me. I knew right then, I was supposed to be a music therapist.”

The May 2014 graduate is one example of the thousands of music students who have studied in the University of Evansville’s five undergraduate degree programs with more than 100 majors offered.

“The opportunities offered are so varied and meaningful,” says Emmert, who is originally from Ferdinand, Indiana, and returned to Southern Indiana to work for six months before moving to Cleveland. “I felt very much a part of the Evansville community. I really became connected with St. Mary’s and the EVSC. Some people go to college and stay isolated in their college life, but at UE, it wasn’t just college life, but a connection to Evansville as a whole.”

Emmert’s take on the department of music at UE is the vision Chair Dr. Thomas Josenhans and his faculty hope to achieve through all of their students — a deep-rooted connection to the community, and a community that is connected to the university, located on Lincoln Avenue.

This strong relationship forms while students complete internships at area institutions. Music therapy undergraduates intern in various units at St. Mary’s, at the Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center, and at Easter Seals. Music management students have opportunities with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana, WNIN, and the Guitar Center. Music education pupils work with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. and Warrick County schools.

“They are putting things in practice that they have learned in the classroom and they do this for six semesters,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Wylie, a music therapy professor at UE. “We are appreciated by the places we go to. We are valued in the agencies.”

After cuts to the 2016 city budget, which reduced funding for several local arts organizations such as the Evansville Philharmonic, Evansville Symphonic Band, and the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Donald Jones, UE Vice President for Marketing & Communications, says it’s important to keep students active in community outreach so they will be more likely to call Evansville home long after graduating.

The music department has a host of successful student examples to pull from including David Smith, the EVSC superintendent, Tad Dickel, president of Mater Dei High School, and Jennifer Nowaki-Pruden, a music therapist at Integrated Music Therapy.

“The concern in our city now is the brain drain — how do we keep young professionals here?” says Jones. “We have to think in bigger and longer terms. We need people in the community to fight for us. The city is about to take off, and UE gets that.”

UE hopes to bring the public to campus through its concert series; more than 90 concerts a year are hosted on campus with the majority free and open to everyone. The public has opportunities to experience the department’s music off campus through Holiday Pops, a free annual holiday concert at The Victory Theatre, Aces Brass, a pep band that performs at basketball games at the Ford Center, and community festivals and ceremonies.

Students also engage with the city’s youth through summer camps, workshops, and clinics.

“Music is part of the quality of life for a community, and music is part of the quality and the experience of life for our students when they come here,” says Josenhans. “Music has a lot to offer those students who are trying to be successful professionals; they get to experience working with professionals in the Evansville area and get to interact with those people. We are trying to expose our students to people who are successful.”

In order to help further the connection to the community, Josenhans says the university is in need of a performance hall. The current recital hall, Wheeler Concert Hall, is designed for soloists or small groups, like quintets.

“As we look at the different cultural districts, UE doesn’t really have a place to bring large numbers to campus,” says Josenhans. “That’s what we would really like to have.

Creating a sense of community not just with the city but the area where there is a place to come to see great art, that’s the vision.”

For more information about the University of Evansville Music Department, call 812-488-2754 or visit music.evansville.edu.

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Fundraising Fun

Take down Vectren, Fifth Third Bank, and other successful Evansville businesses and corporations in a friendly competition during Aurora, Inc.’s 10th Annual Trivia Tonight on March 5.

Trivia teams can have up to eight players. Teams with four or fewer players may be placed on another team. Participants also can enjoy a silent auction, delicious dinner, and cocktails at Evansville Country Club, 3810 Stringtown Road. The cost to participate is $75 per person or $600 per team of eight, making each ticket $50.

All of the money raised through the event goes to Aurora to continue their mission to prevent and end homelessness for individuals and families in the community.

“Aurora has three major events throughout the year and two of them are fundraisers,” says Administrative Assistant Shari Gesser. “One fundraising event is our Midwest Gingerbread House Competition and the other is Trivia Tonight. They both go toward furthering our mission.”

The trivia isn’t the only exciting part of the evening. The silent auction features many interesting items up for grabs.

“In past years, we’ve auctioned everything from jewelry from Brinker’s Jewelers to an inflatable soccer goal,” says Gesser.

Companies, individuals, and participants can donate auction items as well as sponsor portions of the evening.

For more information on Trivia Tonight, call Shari Gesser at 812-428-3246 or visit auroraevansville.org.

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Ride of a Lifetime

Dream Car Museum brings international motor experience to Tri-State
Jason Ailstock, curator of the Dream Car Museum, stands next to one of his favorite cars in the collection, a yellow Lamborghini

There’s nothing within a 1,000 miles of Evansville quite like the Dream Car Museum. That’s according to Jason Ailstock, a finance director with Bennett Motors and the curator of the Dream Car Museum, located at 2400 N. Heidelbach Ave.

“There’s not an open museum to the public, for free, that has such a wide variety,” he says. “Nobody has put it on a scale like this before. The only place that rivals it is the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.”

Opened in October 2015, Ailstock says the idea for the museum started as a bit of joke between Larry Bennett, owner of Bennett Motors and Audubon Chrysler in Henderson, Kentucky, and his employees. After Bennett, who never owned a super car, purchased an orange Lamborghini Gallardo, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and a red McLaren MP4-12C Ailstock says he and others persuaded the car dealer to open his own museum.

“And we were really just joking, but Larry was like ‘You really think we could start a museum, buddy?’” says Ailstock.

The response promoted Ailstock to start some research about car museums in the country. What began as a joke would flourish into the gallery that is open today, featuring some of the 70 cars in the collection ranging from American muscle cars, Corvettes, European super cars, and older models such as the Model A and T. The museum also displays neon signs and various car memorabilia from restored gas pumps to the hoods of early racing Ferraris.

“It’s been extremely popular. It’s kind of taken us aback a bit,” says Ailstock. “The collection sets itself apart. There’s so much stuff throughout.”

While the museum is free, a charity box made from a supercharger sits at the exit for patrons to donate to the charity of the month.

“We match all donations … each month we have a different charity that we give the money to,” says Ailstock. “We match all the money that is collected that month.”

Another aspect of the museum that sets it apart is the rotation of cars on display, says Ailstock. “Every three or four months, we’ll pretty much rotate our museum,” he says. “So if you’ve been here once, you come back three or four months later, it’ll be nothing like the same.”

For more information about the Dream Car Museum, call 888-482-9864, visit dreamcarmuseum.com, or find the museum’s page on Facebook.

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Musically Inclined

Evansville native and opera singer partners with WNIN for project

Early October brought a rush of activity to the home of Matthew O’Neill on Sunset Avenue in Downtown Evansville. The Evansville native was working on the project “Sunset at Semper Fulgens” (which means “Always Shining” in Latin) with local public television station WNIN, and O’Neill couldn’t contain his excitement for the home concert series.

“It’s been crazy around here,” he says as he sits in the carriage house behind his 1905 historic home that he owns with Kristen Holt Burckhartt. “This piano just came from Louisville. Then WNIN just brought over the lights. It’s just been crazy.”

A graduate of Harrison High School and the University of Evansville, music has played a large role in O’Neill’s life. After earning a degree in guitar from UE and with the intention to teach guitar at a collegiate level, O’Neill began taking courses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. But by the time he graduated, his master’s was not in guitar, but in voice.

“I started gigging around the Twin Cities then I decided to have a go of it professionally,” says O’Neill. “I had a little job at Lyric Opera of Chicago and took an audition that really changed things for me.”

That audition was with the San Francisco Opera training program, which earned him a two-year fellowship with the program. From there, he found himself performing as a tenor on stages in Los Angeles, Dallas, Southern Europe, and Japan to name a few.

“I really enjoyed the repertoire and the story telling component of opera,” says O’Neill. “I liked the environment. I liked the expansiveness of it, the fact that it’s pretty large scale.”

In 2014 during a visit to Evansville to see his parents, O’Neill met Burckhartt. The couple has since spent the last year fixing up their home in Downtown Evansville.

Now he finds himself wanting to get back to playing and exploring different genres of music. After playing again for the last three and a half years, he has enjoyed performing in different environments including at his own home for the “Sunset at Semper Fulgens” series. A small number of tickets to the concert and filming of the pilot episode were sold to benefit WNIN. The first episode currently is in the editing process, says O’Neill, and is expected to air on WNIN Jan. 21.

What was the turning point that made you want to become an opera singer?
Frankly, it seemed to be (that) I was a good musician, so I was prepared for work. And it was simply a matter of I was getting hired and that I was making some income. Ultimately I discovered that I had an instinct toward it. So it was a combination. It was never my passion to begin with, but it was a combination of sort of almost developing a passion for it and also a practicality that it seemed to be the thing that I was the best at.

If you had to pick one favorite aspect of opera, what would it be?
I love the repertoire and the work, and I love the experience of performing, but honestly my favorite part about it is the shared community experience of a cast. You get together for, let’s say, six weeks and it’s sort of like a little family. It’s pretty cool because you’re working on a specific project and then it ends.
Obviously the performing is a great experience. I always was into rehearsal; my thing is rehearsal. Performances are when you get paid and it’s for the audience, but it’s a different thing. For me, the thing I get the most out of is rehearsing with a community of folks.

Do you have a memory from your career so far that stands out to you the most?
Actually my favorite memory is something I did. It was for an opera called “The Makropulos Case” by a Czech composer named Janacek. There was a wonderful part called Hauk Sendork but he happened to be very, very old. Probably in his late 80s. I think that early on, the director got a hold of me and thought I was really too young for it. I think they were really concerned about it once I showed up. So I went to the casting director and said, “What if I just did something like bleached my hair white?” He said, “Well yeah, try it. Absolutely.”

I showed up in rehearsal and it was some of the best reviews I’ve ever gotten. Something as simple as bleaching your hair — people can see you in a different way. That was a really successful (show), one of the best experiences I’ve had in opera.

What do you have coming up for your career?
Several years ago I was involved with the world premiere of an opera called “Moby Dick” with the Dallas Opera. Dallas had a brand new opera house called the Winspear Opera House and they commissioned this opera Moby Dick … it was a co-commission with several companies. I ended up doing it in San Diego and then in San Francisco. We filmed it for PBS Great Performances and it was broadcasted a couple years ago. I’m doing that now in Los Angeles.

Before I left, I did this show, “Sunset at Semper Fulgens,” sort of co-produced with WNIN. It’s a house concert show. I always liked house concerts. I liked the intimacy of just a few people. I wanted to find a way that I could bring in some friends and colleagues from outside who don’t live here, keep active musically with those people, and explore my own interest in a lot of genres of music.

I was talking with Brad Kimmel, president and CEO of WNIN, and we sort of came up with this idea for a house concert/television show series. The idea is to bring in a guest of note — the first is a friend of mine and a wonderful musician named Matt Rollings, one of the leading studio-session pianists and producers in Los Angeles and Nashville. It’s sort of a discussion and collaboration.

The idea is kind of showing off Evansville. We’ll get a little footage of going out to eat lunch and maybe a little bit of the riverfront, sort of showcasing Evansville. Because the idea would be that this would be a series that would be syndicated in some way. So the idea is to bring in guests, treat them as guests, and show off the hospitality of this community.

How often do you find yourself back in Evansville?
In a perfect world, and it just depends on when the work comes up and things, but in a perfect world I would like to do one or two (opera) engagements per year but also be involved in other music and run a career from Evansville. I find that while Evansville is certainly not a musical hub, its proximity to other hubs is convenient. I was just rehearsing with my guest in Nashville yesterday, and we are talking a two hour and 15 minute drive. It’s not a big deal.

Also I think for me, being down here in Downtown, in this exciting period, this revitalization of Downtown, is a pretty neat time with everything that’s going on with Haynie’s Corner, the medical school, and all these things. It’s a good time to just come down here.

For more information about home concert series, visit Facebook and search “Sunset at Semper Fulgens.” The first episode is set to air at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 on WNIN.

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Out of the Park

Lori and Don Mattingly

Evansville native Don Mattingly, a former New York Yankees captain and recently named manager of the Miami Marlins, along with his wife Lori, and Mattingly Charities are hosting a fundraising event to support inner-city programs in Evansville.

An Intimate Evening with Friends presented by United Companies will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the University of Southern Indiana Performance Center. With seating at approximately 300, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail reception and a question and answer session with Mattingly, country musician Toby Keith, and current Los Angeles Angel Albert Pujols.

Money generated from the event will benefit Evansville youth in the inner city through programs such as the Boys and Girls Club, which offers positive after school programs for children 6 to 18 years old to instill in them a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence, and competence on a daily basis. The Boys and Girls Club of Evansville serves more than 2,000 children at their two sites, Bellemeade Avenue and Fulton Square on Dresden Street.

Individual VIP reception tickets for $500 as well as individual general reception tickets for $300 can be purchased online at the Mattingly Charities Website until Nov. 19.

For more information about An Intimate Evening With Friends, visit mattinglycharities.org.