Indiana Authors Breakfast
Benefiting the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Indiana Authors Breakfast our best yet! We had over 200 attendees, five great Indiana authors, and Emcee, Dick Wolfsie, ensured that everyone had a fantastic time.
Successful fundraisers make all the difference to DII and those we serve. We would like to recognize the following companies, organizations, and individuals for their support of this year’s Indiana Authors Breakfast:
2013 IAB Authors:
Indiana Spine Group
Bob and Paula Lee
The Mothershead Foundation
The National Bank of Indianapolis
Paul and Kathy Driscoll
Erin Hedges, Hedges and Associates
Mary Beth Robinson
Corporate Table Captains
A Special Thank You to:
Charlie Demetris ● Heather Turner ● Karen Sheehy
Silent Auction Supporters:
2013 Indiana Authors Breakfast
Saturday, April 27, 8:30am-11:00am
Meridian Hills Country Club: 7099 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis
Tickets: $40 for general admission, $60 for Patron, $1,000 for a table of ten
Purchase tickets online or by phone: 317-222-6635
The 2013 Indiana Authors Breakfast will feature the following authors:
- Marie J. Albertson
- Ray Boomhower
- Lorene Burkhart
- Wes Gehring
- Ken Turchi
- and Dick Wolfsie as the event emcee!
- go directly to provide needed tutoring services to children & adults with specific reading/language disabilities
- provide alternative literacy education for students with dyslexia in the state of Indiana
- support Indiana authors and the importance of reading as an ongoing source of education.
Tickets are available for purchase online or by phone: 317-222-6635.
Marie J. Albertson
When Marie Albertson left the Indiana State Library, she had a “rose-colored bucket list” of adventures she was eager to undertake. She achieved over 50 of her dreams and passes what she learned on to readers of this new book. Marie took lessons in sky-diving, kayaking, air-gliding, trapezing, swimming for the triathlon and even pole dancing. She traveled on a budget to the Great Wall of China and to the pyramids of Egypt and the desert of Morocco. She read Shakespeare for the first time and got a facelift. Marie is a motivational speaker who urges seniors to follow some of the 200 tips she offers Hoosiers who want to get up and get out and make their senior years the most meaningful of their lives.
Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society’s quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. Boomhower has been with the Society since 1987, beginning work for the statewide, nonprofit organization as its public relations coordinator.
A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master’s degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 1995. Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers, the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.
In 1998 he received the Hoosier Historian award from the Indiana Historical Society and in 2010 he was named winner of the Regional Author Award in the annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. In 2009 his book Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary was selected as the winner in the historical nonfiction category of the annual Best Books of Indiana contest sponsored by the Indiana Center for the Book. His books have also been finalists in the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Along with numerous articles for Traces, the Indiana Magazine of History, Outdoor Indiana, and other history periodicals, Boomhower is the author of the books Jacob Piatt Dunn, Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855-1924 (Indiana Historical Society, 1997); The Country Contributor: The Life and Times of Juliet V. Strauss (Guild Press of Indiana, 1998); Destination Indiana: Travels through Hoosier History (IHS, 2000); “But I Do Clamor”: May Wright Sewall, A Life, 1844–1920 (Guild Press, 2001); “One Shot”: The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi (IHS Press, 2004); Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut (IHS Press, 2004); The Sword and the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace (IHS Press, 2005); The Soldier’s Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle (IHS Press, 2006); Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall (IHS Press, 2007); Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary (Indiana University Press, 2008); FighterPilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu (IHS Press, 2010); and The People’s Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana (IHS Press, 2012).
Author and speaker Lorene McCormick Burkhart is proud to introduce her newest title Bootstraps: How Women Pull Themselves Up Through Tough Times (Amazon). The book is Lorene’s seventh title in six years. Born and raised in Indiana, Lorene is known for her philanthropic efforts statewide. She has designated a portion of proceeds from each book sold is donated to a complimentary community cause.
Lorene’s books capture her memories, passions and interests with a goal to motivate, inspire and educate readers. Her 40 plus year business career includes public relations, broadcasting and publishing. She raised two (now grown) children. And along the way broke the glass ceiling long before the term was ever coined.
Wes Gehring is a professor of film at BSU and an associate media editor for “USA Today Magazine,” for which he writes the column “Reel World.” The award-winning author of 31 books, Gehring’s work includes biographies of Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Laurel & Hardy, Irene Dunne, Carole Lombard, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Red Skelton, the Marx Brothers, and Robert Wise. His other books include many works of film criticism, 3 novels and a humor book. Gehring’s forthcoming text is a biography of Hoosier-born satirist Will Cuppy; and he is currently working on a contracted for book on Chaplin and dark comedy. His essays have appeared in many journals, including “Traces” and “USA Today Magazine.” Gehring is included in “Who’s Who in America” for 2013.
Ken Turchi developed an interest in retailing while working for a clothing store in his hometown of Crawfordsville, Indiana. He worked for L.S. Ayres & Company while attending Wabash College and then earned a law degree. After practicing law for a few years, he has spent most of his career in the financial services industry, at the old First Indiana Bank and at Duke Realty Corporation. He is currently assistant dean at the IU Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. L.S. Ayres & Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America is his first book. Turchi lives in Indianapolis.
For the past 20 years on WISH-TV’s Daybreak, Dick Wolfsie has lent his unique brand of wit and humor to the screen. His video essays and personal stories are unique to Indiana television. Many are syndicated nationally.
After 25 years in Indianapolis, this former high school and college English teacher has netted over 10,000 hours of television. Wolfsie’s work in the media has earned him over a dozen awards including a regional Emmy for best host, a national ACE award and a Casper Award for five years as host and producer of AM Indiana.
Dick is the author of 12 books, including Mornings with Barney and his best seller, Indiana Curiosities, now in its third edition. Dick’s syndicated column appears in 25 Indiana newspapers and is also featured twice weekly on WFYI radio.