Know Better

When your livelihood is based upon current events in Evansville, you had better pay attention. One of the many ways to stay aware of happenings is that at Tucker Publishing Group, we maintain some pretty extensive calendars. We highlight events in our two primary magazines, Evansville Living and Evansville Business, and inside two of our annual publications, Social Datebook and Evansville City View. Of course, we list events online throughout the year and include weekend happenings in our Thursday e-newsletter, “E Living.”

So when I hear negative comments about Evansville being “boring” or that “there’s nothing going on here,” I find that to be totally without merit. Case in point would be the weekend of Sept. 26-28. So much was going on that the most ambitious person could not have much more than sampled from a wide array of events. In no particular order and not all inclusive were:

•  cMoe’s 8th Birthday Celebration
•  Brew Ha Ha at the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science
•  Susan G. Komen Evansville Race for the Cure
•  Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Opening Night
•  Wildfire & Wine at Mesker Park Zoo& Botanic Garden
•  12th Annual Funk in the City Festival at Haynie’s Corner
•  The Burdette BBQ, Bands & Brew Festival
•  RiverCity Faithfest, which is an outdoor Christian music festival

So next time you hear there is “nothing going on in Evansville,” know better.

Speaking of Susan G. Komen, being a proud sponsor, we were one of many local companies to have tent space in the expo area at Eastland Mall this year. I “volunteered” my 13- and 16-year-old boys to help hand out magazines. They, of course, thanked me for getting them up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday to work. Funny thing happened, not only were they glad to have helped, but proudly wore their volunteer T-shirts the rest of the day. And if you can watch the hundreds marching proudly in the survivor parade without feeling strongly moved, then you might just want to check your pulse.

Speaking of being moved, I helped serve at the Vanderburgh Community Foundation Spirit of Giving luncheon Sept. 25. Glenwood Leadership Academy might have a 97 percent poverty rate among its students and turned over 100 percent of its teaching staff over the last three years, but you can feel the energy level and momentum under the leadership of principal Tamara Skinner, who was featured in the September/October issue of Evansville Living. If you are in a position to help ensure positive outcomes for kids who need it the most, then please do what you can to help.

On the subject of those who have made a difference in education, what a pleasure it was to spend time with Bob Koch for the “Back Talk” story. He has affected many lives by helping provide positive outcomes; it was a pleasure to work with Bob and his family on this story. I am pretty sure the “man on a mission” phrase might have been inspired by Bob.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Todd A. Tucker

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