2013 Annual Calumet Day

July 26 & 27

 
The Concerned Calumet Citizens Committee celebrated their 5th Annual Scholarship & Calumet Day Fund raiser Banquet Friday night. Over 250 past and present residents of the Calumet community were present. The theme this year was, “An old School Gala on the Lake.” The event was held
 at the Ameristar Discovery Ballroom in East Chicago. 
 
The highlight of the night was the awarding of 4 Scholarships. Each recipients from the Calumet Community received a $1,000.00 check  to assist with their college education.  The recipients had to apply for the scholarships by writing a 500 word essay ” What the Scholarship would mean to me,” Each recipient had to demonstrate academic abilities as well as community service. This year, one of our scholarship winners was Marcellus Gibson, the valedictorian from Thea Bowman Academy.  He has a 4.7 grade point average.  He is going to the University of California at Berkley to major in engineering.  Another CCCC  scholarship winner was Shantanece Ellis  She graduated as salutatorian of the East Chicago Central High School Class of 2013.  She will attend Indiana  University in Bloomington, Indiana and will major in English and pre-law.  Niyah Calhoun, another recipient is looking forward to further her education this fall by attending IUPUI and majoring in biology.  Anfernee Brown, the fourth proud young person from our community is attending Florida Southern University and majoring physical therapy. We saluted, these four young people!
 
Two years ago, the organization initiated the Calumet Champions of Legend to celebrate those who grew up in the community and have succeeded in their chosen professions. This year we honored 15 past and present residents and their accomplishments.
               

     2013 Calumet Champions of Legends

Mr.  Maurice Watkins………………………………………………Engineer
Mr.  Lonnie M. Randolph……………………..State Senator & Attorney
Mr.  Thomas Morris………………………………………………Policeman
Mr. Ronald Edmunds……………………………………………..Policeman
Mr.  James Dawson…………………………………………………..Fireman
Dr. Norman Comer…………………………………………………Education
Dr.  Granada Peterson……………………………………………..Education
Mrs.  Linda Johnson Randolph…………………………………Education
Mr.   John D. Artis…………………………………………Calumet Trailblazer
Mrs.  Shirley Jefferson-Drayton………………………Calumet Trailblazer
Mr.   &Mrs. John Sanders……………………………….Yesterday Legend
Mrs.   Ivey Lee Tucker……………………………………Yesterday Legend
Mr.   Emmett Watkins…………………………………….Yesterday Legend
Dr.  Tony Young…………………………………………………………..Dentist
Mr.  William Phillips………………………………………Calumet Historian
 
Our Master of Ceremony for the evening was Mr. Clarence Dix, a past Calumet resident, who resides in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mr. Dix was also surprised and honored that evening as one of our 2013 Legends.  Since 1970 Mr. Dix has been a social worker, an agency administrator, an educator, consultant, staff trainer, and public speaker.  He is nationally recognized for his work in the areas of diversity management and fatherhood. 
 
Everyone enjoyed listening to the music of the 70’s  It was great to see different dresses and the solid  colors, big earrings and afo wigs. Everyone remember  the Madison line dancing.   WOW what a night to remember!!!
 
 

 

                        19th Annual Calumet Day

 
The Concerned Calumet Citizens Committee in partnership with the Foundations of East Chicago, hosted a full day of festivities beginning at 11:00a.m with a parade throughout the Calumet Community.  A float  sponsored by the Foundations of East Chicago allowed the Scholarship recipients to ride throughout the community.  There were different organizations and civil groups, a drill team and others participating  in this year annual parade.
 
The picnic was followed by a picnic at Riley Park.
 
The event was opened with a mini Gospel concert consisting of members from the various Churches and choirs in the community.
 
Over 4,000 people was in attendance this year.  The children enjoyed the 8 Giant Inflatables, pony rides. 300 book bags with supplies were also given away.
 
The seniors enjoyed playing Bingo and everyone was a winner with hourly raffles. ” The prizes was awesome this year,” as one senior stated.
 
Entertainment in the park was enjoyed  by everyone  We had a well known band, a young rapper, a drill team dancers a basketball tournament and music played by our community D.J.
 
Vendors sold various items.  Local cell phone companies and other vendors gave away giving free items.
 
 
The Hospitably tent again this year offered free hotdogs, hamburgers ,and chicken wings,
corn on the cob, various salads, baked beans, chips, deserts, and drinks to all.  The committee also gave out 2014 “Save the Date” magnets.
 
 
The Concerned Calumet Citizens Committee, would like to express our appreciation for everyone’s generosity in supporting of our annual events.  Your personal commitment purchasing a t-shirt, a banquet ticket, or  an ad in the souvenir booklet. Special thanks to the families that donated to our Scholarship fund and the residents who traveled from nine different states. Thanks to the young lady from our community who, worked very hard and   edit our souvenir booklet.  Thanks to all the choir members from various Churches from our community, that participated with the Praise and Worship Hour.   Thanks to the Scholarship recipients and their parents. We thank the 2013 Legends and their families. A very special thanks to the Foundations of East Chicago and Ameristar. Again, thank you for your commitment and donations, it was incredibly helpful and allowed our organization to reach our goal for 2013. Looking forward to working with everyone again next year!  God Blessed…….C.C.C.C.
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