Commentary by Tonya Burton
Since the 1990s, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Carolyn and Terry Anker have hosted a popular black tie Christmas gala at their Carmel home. Hundreds of friends and family gather together for conversation, networking and exquisite food from Indianapolis area personal chef Matt Krueger. A generous bar, with wine and premium mixed drinks, contributes to the festive mood of the holiday spirit. This year, the event was celebrated on Dec. 20.
The house was beautifully decorated with three large trees in the family room, and with lights and wreaths placed strategically throughout the rest of the house. Three large sofas in front of the fireplace served to create one of the favorite gathering places for guests engaged in conversation.
By the time the party was in full swing, guests were mingling within elbow-room-only space. The house is large, but the popularity of the event brings guests from all over and it’s easy for someone to find himself or herself caught within a gridlock of animated celebrants. In this case, that is not a bad thing; rather, it is a chance for meeting new people, engaging with old friends and generally enjoying a beautiful holiday experience.