In 1950, a group of women led by community leader Dr. Louise Terry Batties came together to help the Indianapolis Recorder raise money for a Christmas fundraiser and ended up raising $1,900. But the work did not stop there. The women continued to do outreach in the community, partnering with a variety of organizations for a bigger impact.
With a mission to serve and uplift the community with an emphasis on youth, the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary will celebrate 72 years of service in the community this year.
The organization continues to serve Indianapolis with fundraisers, scholarships, food giveaways and charity walks. The organization currently has 30 members, including Linda Lewis-Everett, who joined in 2014.
Lewis-Everett came across the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary while attending a meeting for another organization she was in at the time.
“A lot of people never heard of the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary. We are the best kept secret in town,” she said.
Lewis-Everett was impressed with the events that she attended and decided to join the organization.
To celebrate its 72nd anniversary, the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary will host a Christmas event — “A Legendary Function at an Uptown Junction” — at 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Marriot North, 3645 River Crossing Parkway. The cost to attend is $65 and the attire is “Sunday best.” The link for tickets can be found here.
During the event, the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary will honor the president and CEO of the Indianapolis Recorder, Robert Shegog. Proceeds from the event will go toward the organization’s scholarships that will be given away in the spring. Donations are also welcomed during the event. For more information on the event, visit the organization on its Facebook Page
“The Recorder is so vital to our community and we’d love people to come out and celebrate with us as we honor and celebrate the CEO of the Recorder. We also would like for people to come out and find out more about the Recorder Women’s Auxiliary we are an arm of the Recorder,” Lewis-Everett said.
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