News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 30, 2013

Heritage Awards Dinner sets attendance record

Arthur Foulkes
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Boots, buckles, swords and black, three-cornered hats were among the major fashion statements at Monday night’s Heritage Awards Dinner hosted by Downtown Terre Haute Inc.

A pirate theme meant several of the nearly 300 guests at this year’s dinner were wearing swashbuckling costumes, long black wigs and eye patches.

Attendance at the annual event “broke all records this year,” said Janice Board, a member of the DTH board and organizer of the annual dinner, now in its seventh year. Compared with just a few years ago, the event has “grown exponentially,” she said. Each year, Downtown Terre Haute honors groups and individuals who help improve the city’s downtown. This year’s volunteer of the year, Terry Hogan of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, among other things, is chairman of the annual Miracle on Seventh Street, a DTH holiday season event.

“It’s amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit,” Hogan said shortly after learning he had won the award. Hogan said he and his wife, Judy, try to be involved in three different civic activities each year.

“Everyone needs to give back a little bit,” he said.

Other award recipients Monday night included Indiana State University for its renovations of the former federal building at Seventh and Cherry streets, now known as Federal Hall, which houses the Scott College of Business.

Pawn-It, a business at 622 Wabash Ave., received the private sector award for design efforts downtown. Pawn-It made significant improvements to its building’s facade.

WTHI-TV and Thompson Thrift shared the award for economic restructuring downtown. WTHI-TV constructed a new building at Eighth and Ohio streets last year and Thompson Thrift recently opened a new office building at 925 Wabash Ave..

For promotion of the downtown, the Terre Haute Tribune-Star received DTH’s 2013 award.

Board, who came to Terre Haute eight years ago, said she has been impressed with the way the city’s central neighborhood has improved since she first saw it.

“It’s like night and day,” she said.

Proceeds from Monday night’s dinner, which took place in the Sycamore Banquet Center at ISU, will be used to fund DTH activities and projects such as filling planter boxes downtown with flowers each spring, Board noted.

Downtown Terre Haute is volunteer organization dedicated to improving the city’s downtown for commerce, festivals, arts and preservation of historic structures. For more information or to volunteer, visit the DTH website at www.downtownterrehaute.

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Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com