Chaucie’s Place event a beach-y success


We went to Mexico for a Beach Bash last Thursday night. Many of you joined us. Suffice it to state, refreshments were served and a good time was had by all. We’re talking about a figurative trip here. It was the annual signature fundraiser, Treasure our Children, for Chaucie’s Place, of which we were a sponsor. The Ritz Charles was buzzing with folks dressed in all manner of beach attire, although one of us asserted that his conservative suit was something he would wear to a beach. No matter. In the mix was sports writer Phil B. Wilson, who regaled us with hilarious tales from inside the Indianapolis Colts locker room. The tallying was not complete at press time, but our take was that the event did well. Silent- and live-auction items were snapped up, and the mood was festive. If you weren’t there, we urge you to join in next year. It’s a fun and meaningful evening for the Carmel facility that stands in the gap for abused and neglected youth. As we’ve written before, don’t for a minute believe it can’t happen here, because it does. We’re thankful that Chaucie’s Place exists, and it does through the tireless efforts of executive director Toby Stark, her always-in-motion staff and board of directors and a growing legion of volunteers. Speaking of which, Chaucie’s Place always could use more, and you can learn about those opportunities at You don’t have to be a bazillionaire to make a difference. A the event, Stark told attendees that Chaucie’s Place has a way to leave a lasting tribute by purchasing a personalized brick for its Brick Garden. For a $100 donation, the custom brick can be engraved any way the donor chooses. The Web site is a great place to start. We’ll do that, too.


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