Several of the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association board members were able to attend the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation 30th anniversary celebration at the Indiana State Fairgrounds this past week, June 25, 2015.

mfcna board members

Al Polin, President, Chuck Madden, Vice President, Rachel Nelson, Secretary, Ryan Funk, Board member (also in attendance, but not pictured, Edna Kemp, Vice President)

Barbara Boyd, a long time MFCN resident and dynamic personality, was master of ceremonies. A spoken word performance by Tony Styxx kicked off the ceremony, while Bill Taft from LISC was the keynote speaker. Many great things have been taking place throughout the Mid-North area of Indianapolis—slow moving, perhaps, but progress is happening. He highlighted the population aspect of Mapleton-Fall Creek, a neighborhood that in decades past was in the 20,000 range and now barely reaches 10,ooo people. “We can’t be a healthy city if our neighborhoods are missing half their population.”

Barbara Boyd

  Barbara Boyd, MC for the evening

Leigh Riley Evans

Leigh Riley Evans, Chief Executive Officer of MFCDC

Bill Taft

Bill Taft, keynote speaker for the evening

Not to be discouraged, change is taking place and hope for the plans that have been drawn up is high. Neighbors who have lived in the neighborhood for years are beginning to find ways to tap in and become involved in making their community great again. It was several of these neighbors that were recognized during the celebration. Among them were David Woodrupp, recipient of the Randolph Meadows Memorial Award, Berry and Amy Rager, recipients of the Contributor Award, and Leading Properties, Inc., recipients of the Partnership Award. They have been exceptional examples of diving in and making a difference in the community. Also recognized, for his “unwavering passion” was Doug Day – the face and arguably one of the biggest advocates for Destination Fall Creek. He received the Good Neighbor Award.

doug day

Doug Day, recipient of the Good Neighbor award

A couple of videos were presented during dinner, one of which is a great visual of the Fall Creek Project. If you’ve yet to watch this video by Reconnecting Our Waterways, take a look: