** Details for Let's Wine About It 2017 are coming soon. **
In the meantime, please feel free to explore the information below about the 2017 event to learn what you can expect from this awesome sustainable solutions event.
Let's Wine About It
Join us for an evening of wine and whining - where one sustainable solution project can win YOUR vote to determine the winner of a $5,000 grant to make their project happen.
Click on a topic below for additional information:
Friday, November 18, 2016
7 - 10 pm (after party at Moe & Johnny's directly following)
The Speak Easy - Broad Ripple
5255 N. Winthrop Ave, Indianapolis
General Admission Ticket: $50
JCI Member Ticket: $25
HOW IT WORKS:
- Dress to impress (cocktail attire)
- Taste a bunch of wines provided by Huber Winery and Heagy Vineyards (and beer provided by St. Joseph's)
- Enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Louie's Wine Dive
- Hear about sustainable solutions projects from 4 grant finalists (listed below) and how they would use the $5,000 grant to solve the problem
- Vote on your favorite project by "putting a cork in it". (One cork per ticket provided at check-in.)
- Buy additional corks at the event for $1 each to help your favorite project win
- Share your "whine" about Indianapolis on the #Let'sWineAboutIt board sponsorsed by Caliber Home Loans
- Share your solutions for Indianapolis on the #Let'sSolveIt board sponsored by Wenclewicz Insurance
- Celebrate when the project with the most corks is awarded a $5,000 grant
- Continue the fun at the after party at Moe & Johnny's
Read more about the four projects selected as finalists for the $5,000 grant below:
Kids in Action - ProAct Indy
The average school lunch costs just $2.75. Doesn’t it feel like this should be easily affordable for most families? Unfortunately, for 57% of students in Lawrence Township, our proposed project site, it’s a stretch for their families – meaning they qualify for the free/reduced lunch program. According to the American Psychological Association, this puts them at risk for many negative outcomes such as school dropout, abuse and neglect, and developmental delays. ProAct, an Indianapolis nonprofit, specializes in serving at-risk youth to protect them against negative outcomes. The youth we serve want to become happy and productive adults, but their lives are filled with barriers. While we aren’t able to make all of their challenges disappear, we know by giving them opportunities to see themselves as leaders and connecting them with positive mentors, we can give them skills that will help them thrive.
With your help, we will partner with Mary Castle Elementary this spring to give students positive service-learning opportunities through our “Kids in Action” program. ProAct site leaders will lead engaging character-building and peace education workshops on a weekly basis for 20 weeks. Students will also participate in monthly service projects that empower them to make change happen. Caring adult volunteers will join their efforts during these projects to offer positive role modeling and show the youth their voices do matter. The $5,000 can’t solve all of the problems our youth face, but it will transform their lives by empowering them to create positive change for themselves and our community.
For more information: www.proactindy.org
Project Outreach - Intercollegiate YMCA
The Intercollegiate YMCA Center exists to serve college students in the Indianapolis area. We work with six universities totaling over 18,000 students. Our mission is to provide these students with experiences that will help them develop community awareness and responsibility as well as creating a well-rounded world-conscious individual. This is accomplished by providing a variety of meaningful service opportunities throughout Indianapolis and internationally.
One of our main focuses in Indianapolis is our Project Outreach program, in which we partner with the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) to create free after school programs in low income public housing communities. These programs have proven to help youth increase their letter grades as well as increase access to college. If we receive funding from the Let’s Wine About it Grant, we would be able to provide a variety of additional opportunities for our programs in low income neighborhoods such as providing more college tutors and mentors to our after school programs, fund additional sports equipment and supplies needed to provide recreational activities, and also make sure each child in our program receives healthy snacks and food to take home during the weekends. These funds would also help us continue offering a variety of enrichment programs and would help us expand the amount of educational field trips and community programs we are able to engage the children in every year. Project Outreach is currently reaching over 200 youth in low income neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis, and we hope that number continues to rise each year.
For more information: https://www.indymca.org/centers/intercollegiate/center-news/
Summer Apprenticeship Program - Growing Places Indy
Growing Places Indy is a nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate a culture of urban agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and to empower individuals/communities to Grow well, Eat well, Live well and Be well. The Growing Places Indy Summer Apprenticeship Program immerses participants in the work of Growing Places Indy, from hands-on farm work to community engagement to fundraising to youth education. Participants are challenged to consider what change they want to see in the world and are given skills they can employ to take action. In addition to building a strong team relationship within their cohort, participants have the opportunity to meet many leaders doing transformational work in the Indianapolis area.
The $5000 from the Let’s Wine About It Grant would provide stipends for 10 Growing Places Indy apprentices. The 8-week program accepts approximately 10 apprentices each year. Applications come from across the country and numbers continue to rise yearly. Each apprentice receives a $500 stipend, a weekly share of vegetables and free yoga classes. This small stipend is a show of gratitude for the hard work and hours put in during the apprenticeship but also a financial sacrifice to encourage apprentices to do the work because it needs to be done and not because they are paid to do it.
For more information: http://www.growingplacesindy.org/apprenticeship-program
Wheels Without Walls - Nine13sports
Nine13sports would like to expand our program curriculum offerings to take students out of the classroom, and give them an up close and personal experience with Indianapolis history using bicycles. Using the award of $5,000, we will develop a curriculum and be able to purchase a fleet of quality bicycles to lead classrooms of students on a tour of Indianapolis. On this tour, students will learn about the history of the city and state they live in. Past tours with high school students from Indianapolis Public Schools have included visits to White River State Park, The Canal, Kennedy-King Park, The War Memorial, Monument Circle, The State House, The James Whitcomb Riley House, and Lockerbie Square. During the tour students learn why Indianapolis was chosen as the capital of Indiana, along with hidden treasures within the city.
From our experience, students are more actively engaged outside the classroom. It is a way for students to get an up close and personal view of the city they live in, from the cobblestones in Lockerbie Square to the torch of Lady Victory. With success from this pilot program, we desire to make this programming available to additional schools and grade levels. We anticipate with success from this initial program to be able to secure funds from corporate partners and educational grants to sustain and grow program operations.
For more information: www.nine13sports.org
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Hors D'Oeuvres Provided By:
WINE & BEER PROVIDED BY:
Submission for grant applications has closed. FINALIST ARE LISTED IN THE EVENT DETAILS SECTION OF THIS PAGE.
Any organization or individual (21+) is eligible to apply for the $5,000 Let's Wine About It Grant. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and up to 5 projects will be chosen to present at Let's Wine About It on November, 18 2016 at the Speak Easy in Broad Ripple. Projects will be voted on by attendees at the event, and one will be chosen as the winner of the $5,000 grant. Click here to download the 2016 Grant Guidelines and Application (fillable PDF) for complete instructions.
Thank you to the JCI Foundation for their contributions and support of the grant.
Please contact Stephanie Lander, Grants Subcommittee Chair, with any questions regarding the grant application and process.
Interested in sponsoring Let's Wine About It? We'd love for your business to partner with us.
Sponsorship opportunities include:
- Wine sponsors/donations
- Event sponsors
- Grant sponsors
Please contact David Ullmar, Sponsorship Subcommittee Chair, with any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities.
Still have questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.