Carmel in brief — August 4, 2020


CCS unveils new logo — Carmel Clay Schools unveiled its new logo and tagline at the July 27 school board meeting. Digital design students at Carmel High School created the initial design, and DECA students developed the tagline: Together We Achieve. The logo features a roundabout, two Cs and three areas representing the high school, middle schools and elementary schools.

Walk for Equity in Education — Carmel Against Racial Injustice will hold a Walk for Equity in Education from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 beginning at E. Main Street and 4th Avenue in front of Carmel High School. The event will also include speakers, activities and school supply donations. Attendees are asked to wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Lions Club Fish Fry — The 82nd annual Carmel Lions Club Fish Fry will operate as a drive-thru only from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner. Guests may pre-order from the full menu or drive up for a limited menu. Pre-order at

Third-party protest – Voters are planning a nationwide peaceful protest at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 8  to pressure the Commission on Presidential Debates to allow third-party candidate Jo Jorgensen to participate. In Hamilton County, regional leaders will conduct a social-distancing demonstration with a convoy driving down Main Street and Range Line Road in Carmel.

Former governor dies — Former Indiana Gov. Joseph E. Kernan, 74, died the morning of July 29 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Maggie, and seven siblings, who live in the state of Maine and the Washington, D.C., area. Kernan became the state’s 48th governor after Gov. Frank O’Bannon died of a stroke in 2003.

HCCF awards grants — The Hamilton County Community Foundation has awarded $278,395 in grants to Hamilton County not-for-profit organizations as part of a four-pronged approach to the coronavirus pandemic that has shaped community need in 2020. The grants are funded through the Endowment for Hamilton County, LINK Youth Advisory Council and the newly created Hamilton County Crisis Response Fund. For more information about contributing to the Hamilton County Crisis Response Fund or requesting support, visit

ZIP code city name changes approved — The U.S. Postal Service has approved the City of Carmel’s request to change the city name in addresses in the 46290 and 46280 ZIP codes from Indianapolis to Carmel.

New board members — The Indiana Humanities board of directors has elected seven new members. New board members from Carmel are Rayvon Fouche, professor of American studies at Purdue University, and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, director of religion, spirituality and the arts at IUPUI Arts and Humanities. Indiana Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that encourages Hoosiers to think, read and talk by participating in humanities programs and activities.

NCAA scholarship — Grace Haigh of Carmel is among 42 spring sports student-athletes and 21 women from all three NCAA divisions earning the NCAA’s Postgraduate Scholarship. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 each are awarded each fall, winter and spring to 21 men and 21 women each season. Haigh earned four varsity letters as a member of the Tigers’ tennis team and served as the president of DePauw’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee starting with the 2017-18 academic year. She also was an admission ambassador and senior intern.

White River grant — A branding initiative to raise awareness for the White River in Central Indiana will get under way later this year thanks to a $275,000 grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The two-year grant will fund an initiative to raise awareness of how to access the river at the dozens of parks, boat ramps and cultural attractions along the 58-mile stretch of the river in Hamilton and Marion counties. The project will begin Fall 2020 and be completed by Spring 2022.

Current newsletter launches – Current Publishing launched a Morning Briefing newsletter July 27. The newsletter collects the most important story from all Current communities and delivers them to email inboxes every weekday at 7 a.m. Included will be recipes, best bets for fun activities in each community and more. Subscribers will also receive breaking news directly in their inbox. To subscribe, visit

Volunteers needed — Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is seeking volunteers as requests for the service continue to rise. The meal delivery service has seen a 48 percent increase for service between March and May. There is no contact between clients and volunteer drivers. Meals are left in coolers on the front porch. Volunteers pick up deliveries from either Ascension St. Vincent Carmel Hospital or Riverview Health Hospital in Noblesville. For more information on donating or volunteering, visit or call 317-776-7159.

New inclusive playground –– Conner Prairie has debuted Ag Adventures at the Estridge Family Park, a newly constructed playground that will provide access to all visitors. This fully inclusive play area was designed with guests of all abilities in mind. The playscape is accessible for visitors with physical or developmental disabilities who may have been unable to fully engage with Conner Prairie’s previous playground. The playground was made possible through the support of the Estridge Family Foundation — a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation — and the Conner Prairie Alliance. Learn more at

4-H Photo Challenge – The 4-H Photo Challenge is open to youth in third through 12th grade. Participants should take photos fitting the monthly theme and submit entries online at by the last day of the month. Monthly themes for 2020 include: August – Fairs. Festivals, Fun; September – Community; October – Sunset to Sunrise; November – Occupations; December – Holiday Happenings.

Midwest Academy scholarships — Midwest Academy has scholarship opportunities available for students in grades three through six. The school offers students in grades 3-12 a small, engaging educational setting for those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, receptive and/or expansive language or processing challenges resulting in school anxiety. For more information contact Assistant Head of School Katie Erdmanis at [email protected].

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349.

Brookfield Group acquisition — The Brookfield Group, a Carmel-based full-service managed technology company, recently acquired ConsortHR, a tech-enabled company that focuses on providing managed HR support headquartered in Indiana. ConsortHR’s mission is to increase bottom line profitability and mitigate risk by designing HR policies and strategic solutions that align organizational culture, values and goals. The Brookfield Group has seen double digit, year-over-year growth. It has recently hired four new employees to support continued growth and utilized several summer interns.

Simplifeye HQ coming to Carmel — New York-based software provider Simplifeye will relocate its corporate headquarters to Carmel, bringing 75 jobs and an investment of $10 million. The company, owned by Indiana native Dr. Ryan Hungate, will lease the second floor of the Monon & Main building, located above Anthony’s Chophouse on Main Street at the Monon Greenway. Simplifeye, founded in New York City in 2014, provides software technology to practices across the retail healthcare landscape. The company plans to maintain its office in New York but move its executive staff to Carmel. The average salary for those working in Carmel will be approximately $100,000. The new headquarters are expected to open by mid-October.   

Forever Gallery Tattoo opens — Forever Gallery Tattoo, a custom tattoo studio and art gallery, opened July 29 at Carmel City Center’s Nash Building, 858 S. Range Line Rd. The store is co-owned by Michael Hockman and Matt Correl, both longtime tattoo artists. Guest artists will hold exhibits in the gallery. For more, visit

Carmel facility to close — Horton Inc., which produces engine cooling systems, plans to close its facility at 201 W. Carmel Dr. The closure will be phased and be complete by the end of the year, leading to the elimination of more than 60 positions.

SePRO leadership changes — Carmel-based SePRO Corporation has announced that founder, President and CEO Bill Culpepper is transitioning to chairman of the board of directors, which will allow him to focus on the strategic growth of the company. SePRO creates specialty aquatics, turf, landscape and ornamental products and services for the agrichemical industry. Effective Aug. 1, Tyler Koschnick will become the company’s president. Michael Puckett has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Bank offers educational series online — Centier Bank has launched the bank’s online financial educational series, “Centier To You,” online. Centier has hosted in-person community events about financial wellness and education in the past—at branches, local libraries and other locations in communities across the state. But now, Centier is offering the series online, so visitors can access them on their own time, from anywhere. The site contains financial tips, exercises and information on identity theft, homebuying, credit and more. Learn more at

Uplift nominated for honor — Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel City Center is one of more than 300 nominees for the 2020 Best Retail Award by Intima Magazine, the global premiere industry magazine. The award ceremony will be a virtual event on Aug. 2. The recognition is given to the best performing lingerie specialty stores in North America under a variety of categories. Judging of the finalists is done by a professional jury composed of both domestic and international famous lingerie brands.

Financial planning partnership — Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, is partnering with Todd DeKruyter and DK Financial. DeKruyter, a Carmel resident, has worked in the family financial planning industry for more than 10 years and will serve as a family wealth strategist on behalf of Argent’s Family Wealth Services division, assisting families across the nation with charitable and legacy planning needs. DeKruyter is a managing partner at DK Financial and previously served as president of Family Meridian, an educational organization that provides resources to help high net worth families thrive. He has also worked as an executive at Larson Financial Group and as a pastor.

Home Helpers honored — Carmel-based Home Helpers recently won The Best of Home Care — Provider of Choice award, which is based on client satisfaction ratings collected from telephone interviews performed by Home Care Pulse. To qualify for the annual award, a home care agency must be a Home Care Pulse Certified-Trusted Provider for a minimum of six consecutive months, have 10 percent of current clients interviewed by Home Care Pulse each month and outperform other home care agencies in their geographic region in areas of client satisfaction. Learn more at

Women of Vision event — Riverview Health Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 to areas and programs at Riverview Health that support the health and wellness of women and children throughout the community. The grants are typically presented at the Women of Vision Luncheon, which will be a virtual event this year set for noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 27. Minda Dentler, the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship after being paralyzed from the hips down by polio, will share her story. To register for the Women of Vision Event, visit or contact Polly Craig at 317-776-7938 or [email protected].

ER, urgent care center to open — Riverview Health Emergency Room & Urgent Care will open its newest combined emergency room and urgent care facility at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 at 14585 Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. The center is the second of three new freestanding facilities to open in the northern Indianapolis suburbs. An additional facility is planned to open in West Carmel/Zionsville later this year.

Kidney care program launches — CarDon & Associates and DaVita Post-Acute Services are partnering to bring an on-site, kidney care program to CarDon’s Carmel Health & Living facility. The on-site dialysis center is exclusively available to residents of Carmel Health & Living, including long-term care and rehabilitation residents. DaVita dialysis patients who require short-term care at Carmel Health & Living will be able to access traditional or home treatment options. Learn more at

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As coronavirus or COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has begun collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients throughout Indiana to help treat those diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment, approved by the FDA as an emergency investigational new drug, could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients. For more, visit

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

Hearing loss group – The Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at