Carmel in brief — July 12, 2022


CHS student makes Chemistry Olympiad team – The American Chemical Society announced that Carmel High School student Jack Liu has been selected as part of Team USA for the 2022 International Chemistry Olympiad, to be held virtually July 8 to 18. Other members of the team are Nathan Yihe Ouyang of California, Gideon Tzafriri of Massachusetts and Phoenix Wu of Texas. After outscoring hundreds of other students on a national exam, the top 20 were invited to an intensive study camp. There, they received college-level chemistry training with an emphasis on organic chemistry. The four highest-scoring students during the study camp make up Team USA. 

Mini-mini set for Aug. 21 – Registration is open for the 500 Festival’s mini-mini kids run. The event for children age 5 to 12 will take place Aug. 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race distances range from a half mile to 3 miles, based on age and ability. Registration is $20 and may be completed at

Church rummage sale – The Presbyterian Women of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 and 9 a.m. to noon July 29. The event will include a $5 bag sale. Proceeds benefit women’s ministries locally and abroad. 

Carmel among safest cities to raise a family – The City of Carmel ranked as the No. 3 “Safest City to Raise a Family” in the U.S., according to a survey released by SafeWise, an online resource that provides tools and information to help people make their life safer at home and in their community. The survey is based on FBI data from 2020. Cities were ranked according to the rate of reported violent crimes (including aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft). View the full report at

Poet sought to write about Madam C.J. Walker – Indiana Humanities and the Indy Arts Council are looking for an Indiana poet to write an original poem about the life and legacy of Madam C.J. Walker. The poem will accompany a new mural of the nation’s first Black female self-made millionaire to be installed in October on the Martens Building, 315 N. Senate Ave., in downtown Indianapolis. The poem must be completed by Sept. 15. It will be unveiled alongside the mural at a ceremony in October. The selected poet will receive a $1,000 stipend and potential paid opportunities for live or recorded performances and readings of the poem at programs related to the mural. Applications are due on July 24 at 11:59 p.m. The application form is available at

Synergize benefits Fur the Brand – Synergize supported Fur the Brand by raising more than $2,300 at its most recent 4:30 Meetup event. Founded by Samantha McAfee, Fur the Brand helps cover veterinary bills for Indiana families in need whose dogs have been diagnosed with cancer. Synergize’s next 4:30 Meetup will benefit Providence Cristo Rey High School, a multicultural college and career preparatory school serving Indianapolis students with economic need. Fifty percent of nonmember ticket proceeds directly support the impact. Learn more and purchase tickets at Learn more about Fur the Brand at

CPD officer completes DRE training – Carmel Police Dept. Officer Shelby Jellison recently completed Drug Recognition Expert training, graduating at the top of the class. Officers with DRE training can detect drivers who may be drug impaired and identify the broad category or categories of drugs inducing the observable signs and symptoms of impairment. 

Evan R. Hansen Golf Outing – The Evan R. Hansen Legacy Foundation Golf Outing is set for July 30 at Pebblebrook Golf Course in Noblesville. The goal at the fourth annual event is to raise $50,000 to establish a perpetual Evan R. Hansen Legacy Nursing Endowed Scholarship at Marian University. Learn more at

Student performs at Carnegie Hall – Mason Kniola, a member of the Manchester University A Cappella choir, was among those selected to perform “A Family Portrait” at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day. Kniola majors in vocal performance. MU Professor Debra Lynn was invited to conduct her oratorio based on a collection of a family’s letters from the Civil War era. 

Governor appoints Carmel residents – Three Carmel residents have been appointed or reappointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to state boards and commissions. Robert Lowe, vice president of people and culture for Republic Airlines, has been appointed to the board of trustees of Indiana State University; Terry Anker, chairman of The Anker Consulting Group, has been reappointed to the board of trustees of Ivy Tech Community College; and Betsy Delgado, senior vice president and chief mission and education officer with Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana, has been reappointed to the Early Learning Advisory Committee. 

Arts & Culture digital passport – The recently launched Indiana Arts & Culture digital passport encourages visitors to discover new places and enjoy some of Indiana’s creative spaces. Sign up online for the passport and receive custom prizes for visiting multiple destinations across the state. Visitors need to check-in from a smartphone at one of the designated passport locations. Participants earn more by visiting more locations. For more information, visit or follow Visit Indiana on social media at @VisitIndiana on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Photography contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting submissions for its eighth annual photography contest from amateur photographers throughout the county. Youth and adult photographers can submit up to five entries showcasing the contest theme, “Indiana Conservation in Color.” Digital files and entry forms must be submitted by June 24. Photo entries will be showcased at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair. Entry forms are available at 

Roads to Reconciliation exhibition – Indiana artists who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color are encouraged to submit work for Roads to Reconciliation, a juried exhibition sponsored by St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Carmel. The August exhibition will feature work celebrating progress on the journey to dismantle racism, as well as work acknowledging the importance of continuing to walk this path with intention and determination. There is no entry fee for submitting work. Learn more at

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— The Hamilton County Democratic Women meet every third Saturday of the month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Conversations begin at 9:30 a.m., the meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11. All Hamilton County women are welcome. 

Blocking Cancer fundraiser – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a cancer research charity, will hold the second Blocking Cancer dinner, hosted by Indianapolis Colts’ All-Pro offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, with comedian Joey Mulinaro as emcee, on July 21 at Anthony’s Chophouse in Carmel. Nelson established the Blocking Cancer initiative in 2021 to fund cancer research through the V Foundation with the annual dinner as a cornerstone event of the program. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive live and silent auction items. Tickets are open to the public and available at

Weed Wrangles clear invasive species – The organizations of the Hamilton County Invasives Partnership are inviting volunteers to help clear local parks of invasive species by participating in Weed Wrangles. During the Weed Wrangle, teams of volunteers, supervised by guides, will locate and uproot unwelcome plants such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. Learn more and sign up to volunteer at

River Heritage Park closed – River Heritage Park has closed for planned improvements as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Reimagining Parks initiative. Upgrades include wheelchair-accessible playground features, sensory-friendly interpretive signage, ADA-accessible trails and boardwalks with overlooks on the White River and more. The park is anticipated to reopen after construction is completed in the winter of 2022.

Over the Edge participants sought – This summer, adventurous philanthropists will rappel down a 23-story building in downtown Indianapolis – in the name of fundraising for Hoosiers in need. Registration is open for those who want to participate in United Way of Central Indiana’s third “Over the Edge” event, scheduled for Aug. 12 at Keystone Group’s 220 N. Meridian St. Space is limited to the first 80 people over age 13 who register. Participants commit to raising at least $1,000 for United Way’s Basic Needs initiatives, which help provide access to food, housing, transportation and health services. Last year, 73 people rappelled during the event, raising more than $196,000.  For more or to sign up, visit

Monthly beekeepers meeting – The North Central Beekeepers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St. in Westfield. Meetings are free to attend by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit

United Way looking for volunteers – United Way of Central Indiana is looking for volunteers and projects for Go All IN Day, an organized day of volunteering and community service across the region. This year’s event will take place June 24 across United Way’s service area of Hamilton, Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam counties. Opportunities – including indoor, outdoor and virtual options – will be available for individual volunteers, families and groups. Those interested in volunteering can learn more and sign up at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 through Aug. 1. To be eligible, the nominee must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana, lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years and have no felony convictions. A nomination form can be found at To learn more about the organization or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

Grand opening benefits Merciful HELP – Chicken Salad Chick at 12751 N. Pennsylvania St. recently celebrated the opening of its Carmel restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Two days of pre-opening Friends & Family dining events generated a $1,300 donation for the Merciful H.E.L.P Center – a local ministry serving the community through food distributions, workforce development, housing assistance and other life-saving programs in Hamilton County. Funds from the partnership will be used to support their food pantry feeding local families.

Centier Bank hire – Centier Bank has promoted Alli Willis to branch manager at the bank’s Whitestown Meijer branch at 6650 Whitestown Pkwy. in Zionsville. Willis joined Centier Bank in 2021 as an assistant branch manager at the Whitestown Meijer branch after spending nearly eight years in retail management. The Whitestown resident is involved in the Whitestown Parks Foundation as a volunteer and partner. 

Jail to present re-entry job fair – The Hamilton County Jail and the Transitioning Opportunities for Work, Education and Reality Mentoring Program will present the Re-Entry Resource and Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12. For any questions about the event or to register a business representative to participate, contact Kelly Gunn at [email protected] or 239-989-2732. RSVP by Aug 1.

Eggs & Issues – OneZone Chamber of Commerce announces Eggs & Issues as their new monthly advocacy event. Starting in December, OneZone member attendees will hear about a variety of topics. From January to April attendees will hear from state legislators, what they are working on at the Statehouse, and how to get involved. Registration for the first Eggs & Issues will open in August. 

Four Quadrants Advisory hire – Four Quadrants Advisory, a Carmel-based concierge financial planning firm for entrepreneurial dental practice owners, has hired Colin Holmes as financial advisor. In his new role, Holmes is focused on providing concierge financial services to support the firm’s high retention ratio with its new and existing dental clients. He will work closely with the executive planning team to create custom, dental-specific financial, business and investing strategies, while also working alongside Four Quadrants clients to help execute their ongoing projects. Prior to joining Four Quadrants, Holmes was director of financial planning at Westpoint Financial Group. 

City recognized for financial reporting – The City of Carmel has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the city’s annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2020. 

South College adds programs – South College, which has a campus in Carmel, has added five post-graduate nursing certificate programs and one post-doctoral program designed for nurses to expand skills or move to a new nursing specialty. The new programs are: 

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate 
  • Nurse Executive Certificate
  • Post-doctoral Certificate for Nurse Anesthesia

Learn more at

Priority Physicians relocates – Priority Physicians, a concierge medical practice, opened its new and expanded office June 27 at 12174 N. Meridian St., Suite #300, in Carmel. The new office relocates the original location from Naab Road in Indianapolis, which is now permanently closed. Priority Physicians of Fishers remains open. Nearly 50 percent larger than the previous location, the new facility encompasses 14,000 square feet with exam suites with private bathrooms, beverage service, free wifi, an on-site pharmacy and additional hospitality appointments. Learn more at

CFO appointment – Carmel resident Jill Meschke has been named chief financial officer for the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center. She most recently was the CFO and interim CEO for North Central Health Care in Wausau, Wisc.  

Blood donors needed – Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations, as it has seen a drastic drop in scheduled appointments. The blood center anticipates the available inventory of blood to be at less than a one-day supply within the coming days. Versiti strives for at least a three-day supply of blood, so it can be ready to serve all patients, even during unexpected events. Versiti is seeking donors for more than 2,500 open appointments available at community blood drives and donation centers throughout the state. Donors can schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling 916-5150 or online at

500 Mile Challenge – Registration is open for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, an online fitness program that encourages participants to complete 500 miles of physical activity, the same mileage drivers complete during the Indianapolis 500. Participants also have the option to complete 250 miles of physical activity in the Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge. The challenges, which benefit the 500 Festival, kicked off June 13 and run through Oct. 31. Registration is $65 and includes a shirt, finisher medal, hat and more. Register for either challenge at

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is seeking volunteers to spend time with hospice patients throughout the Indianapolis area. Volunteers visit hospice patients to provide companionship through music, reading, doing puzzles, life review or just being a hand to hold. To learn more, call 317-300-2292 or email [email protected]