Billed as “A black tie event where everyone will be in jeans,” the inaugural Clip It benefiting the Friends of Hamilton County Parks will challenge, engage and entertain its guests unlike any traditional fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 20 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.
“It’s a really cool fundraising effort like no other,” HCPR Resource Development Specialist Don Nicholls
Nicholls said the event will include the conventional black tie affair standards of drinks, fine dining, live and silent auctions, live music from Rodney Stepp and dancing. Scott Sander, WISH-TV news anchor, will emcee the event.
“If you come in your Gucci black tie or your Ralph Lauren dress you’re going to be less inclined to climb up that rock wall,” he said. “If you really, really want to have fun at this event and challenge yourself or be engaged, I think the vast majority of people will be dressed accordingly and that would be everything from jeans to khakis and trail boots … If people feel more comfortable to be in formal attire, then by all means they should come dressed that way. I think it will be a real interesting mix of fashions there.”
Nicholls said the event is a way to embody the parks department and introduce everyone in attendance to some of the developments happening out at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.
“The public for the most part doesn’t quite know, and if they know it might be more of what they heard or rumors, about the new bevy of features that will be shown in a microcosm,” he said. “We’re starting to get on a lot of people’s maps. We’re not just looking at Hamilton County but throughout Central Indiana and beyond.”
Nicholls said the event will include a rock climbing wall and at the top guests can access the aerial park (or sky trails).
“That particular sky trail will end in a zip line,” he said. “What’s cool is the actual contractors and the partners that are actually helping us with the new features at the park will be the ones setting up these little beta stations.”
Other stations include a Birds of Prey professional will present live birds and information and a full scale archery range with real arrows and targets.
“These are all going to be fun activities but I think they are going to go a great distance in underscoring the exciting developments, in many ways innovative elements, we are going to be introducing at Strawtown Koteewi Park specifically,” Nicholls said.
Cost is $100 per person. To register or for more information, visit friendsofhamiltoncountyparks.org or call 770-4401. Proceeds from the event will be used ongoing maintenance and development of Strawtown Koteewi Park.
“The foundation however will allocate funds at their discretion when needed throughout the parks district,” Nicholls said. “The friends are a very responsive, let’s get it done group of people.”