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November 21, 2009
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Announcements
Cynthia J. Starks has launched Starks Communications LLC in Zionsville, offering speech writing for local leaders in business, government and education. Contact 344-2394; grow@starkscommunications.com or www.starkscommunications.com for speechwriting.

Bankruptcies
Wheeler Aluminum Sales & Service Corp., 6405 Bluebell Court, 46224. Chapter 7 liquidation. Assets: $200; liabilities: $207,208.

Fund Raising
Riley Hospital for Children to benefit from the annual Barnes & Noble book drive from Nov. 1 to Jan. 1. Contact 594-7534.

Assistance League of Indianapolis to benefit from holiday luncheon and silent auction fundraiser on Dec. 3 at The Ritz Charles in Carmel at 11 a.m. Tickets: $60 for patrons. Contact 872-1010.

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund to benefit from the Hyatt’s Christmas in the Kitchen event on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Tickets: $85. Contact 913-9474.

Grants
Indianapolis Children’s Choir received $15,225 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

Peace Learning Center received $30,000 from The Efroymson Family Fund.

Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis received $6,000 from JCPenney.

Starfish Initiative received $50,000 from Giving Sum.

Twelve local homeless nonprofits received $85,000 from the Realtors Foundation.

Butler University received $500,000 from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.

Nineteen local organizations received a total of $1.09 million from the Glick Fund.

Athenaeum Foundation received $150,000 from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.

Camptown Inc. reveived $75,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

In Recognition
Jon B. Laramore received the Dave Hamacher Public Service Award from the Indianapolis State Bar Association.

Michael P. Bishop was named one of “The Best Lawyers in America” for 2010.

Cynthia Renea Oda received the President’s Award from the American Association of Grant Professionals.•

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