The International Center held its annual International Citizen of the Year Award Dinner honoring Governor Eric Holcomb on August 23. The packed Indiana Roof Ballroom hosted leaders from all industries around the state and globe! In only 20 months, the Governor and his delegations have visited 13 countries and 28 cities.
“I wake up every day and try to take the state of Indiana to the world and bring the world back to Indiana.” said, Governor Holcomb. “I’ll get on a plane tomorrow morning if it means something good for Indiana and good for our partners.”
The Center also recognized Dr. Rachel Vreeman with their inaugural Global Impression Award, honoring individuals who, as “rising stars” demonstrate success in their profession and directly impact the global community within Indiana. Dr. Vreeman is the Director of Research for the IU Center for Global Health and Indiana-led AMPATH Consortium. Her research focuses on improving healthcare services to children within resource-limited settings.
The evening was a tailor-made affair for Governor Holcomb down to his favorite mac n’ cheese, onion rings and German chocolate cake. Indiana’s own New World Youth Symphony Orchestra, directed by Adam Bodony, performed a personalized arrangement of classical Mozart with classic Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd. Roger Reeves, a childhood friend, presented the Governor with the International Citizen of the Year Award. To end the evening, the Governor’s father, Neil Holcomb, played “Back Home Again in Indiana” on the piano, a nod to fond childhood memories.
The International Center would like to thank all of those involved in creating the custom occasion to celebrate the work Governor Holcomb is doing on behalf of the state of Indiana.