Founders Day Dinner Gala kicks off 175th Celebration


One hundred seventy-five years ago on April 13, 1837, four farmers with adjoining property donated land to create a town at the intersection of what today is Main Street and Range Line Road. The original 14 lots made up the town that was originally called Bethlehem. To celebrate the beginning of our community, the Carmel Clay Historical Society is partnering with the City of Carmel to host a Founders Day Dinner Gala April 13 at the Ritz Charles. The event will mark the beginning of a year’s worth of events throughout the city that celebrate our community’s history and its future.

Steve Inskeep

Carmel native Steve Inskeep will be the guest speaker at the dinner. Inskeep is the host of NPR’s program Morning Edition, heard locally on WFYI – 90.1 FM from 5 – 10 a.m. weekdays. He is a 1986 graduate of Carmel High School.

Emmy-Award winning WTHR newscaster and Carmel resident Kevin Rader will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Kevin Rader

A cocktail reception begins at 7 p.m., with dinner at 7:45 p.m. and Inskeep’s program following. For more information, visit the 175th Celebration website at Proceeds will benefit the Carmel Clay Historical Society.

Tickets may be purchased at The Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, One Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032, or by calling 317-843-3800. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by phone or through the box office only. Tickets are on sale now. Ticket price is $75 plus service charge.