Society Column: Philanthropic gala for IU Health North held at Lucas Estate


IU Health North hosted a benefit at the gorgeous Lucas Estate in Carmel on Feb. 8. The drive back to the estate was incredibly scenic — one of the first times I’ve really enjoyed looking at snow this winter. The brick driveway, fir trees, torches and waiting valets suggested the warm and lovely atmosphere inside.

Tracy Miller, Director of the Office of Philanthropy, along with Joy Davis, Andrea Grgic, Kati Veit Haseley and Linda Smith produced an enjoyable, well-organized and productive evening.

The IU Health Office of Philanthropy honored longtime Indiana business owner and philanthropist Marlyne Sexton as the major gift donor for the new rooftop garden at the IU Health North Hospital.

Additionally, ticket sales, donations and an art auction raised funds to benefit patient services. And Lucas Catering prepared an elegantly presented dinner.

Speed painter Dan Dunn surprised dinner guests with a wild art performance that culminated in three paintings, each completed in fewer than five-and-a-half minutes. The paintings sold at a live auction after dinner, and proceeds were donated to the hospital. A favorite local band, Henle and the Loops, provided after-dinner entertainment.

Approximately 150 people attended the gala, including many doctors and administrators of the IU Health network. Jon Goble, CEO of IU Health North Central Region, provided the introductory speech during dinner, and Dr. Sheldon Weiss, co-chair of the gala, hosted. Indy racecar driver Ed Carpenter and his wife, Heather, gave personal and heartfelt talks regarding their connection to IU Health.

The evening was well represented by many notable IU Health professionals. Among them were Jon and Theresa Goble, Dr. Sheldon and Debbie Weiss, Dr. John and Lisa Brandt, Dr. Steve Horvath, Dan and Marilyn Evans, Dr. Anthony and Annette Sorkin, Suzanne Del Boccio, Dr. Michael and Susan Tsangaris, Randall and Karen Yust, Dr. Kevin Smith, Dr. Sean Trivedi, and Dr. Walter and Jody Virkus. Also attending was Jeffrey Patchen, CEO of the Children’s Museum.

Anyone interested in donating to IU Health North Hospital Philanthropy may contact Miller at

If you would like Current in Carmel to attend your party, gala or social function, please call Tonya Burton at 432-2451 to schedule your event. We would be happy to photograph guests and let our readers know about upcoming society events.

Tonya Burton is the Current’s social scene columnist. You may contact her at

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