INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoosier philanthropist Eugene Glick wanted to elevate the literary arts in Indiana and draw attention to Indiana's "home-grown" literary greats. Born from his vision was the inaugural Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, presented earlier this fall after nearly 500 nominations were received from the public and reviewed by a prestigious statewide panel. On the heels of the program's initial success, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation will solicit nominations again in 2010 for the 2nd Annual Indiana Authors Award, funded by the generosity of The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.
"It's rare that a program like this is so successful in its first year, and I'm excited to see how it will grow in 2010 and beyond," said Marianne Glick, daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and vice chairwoman of The Glick Fund. "I'm really humbled by all my parents have done for our community, and I'm grateful to everyone at the Library Foundation who helped us realize Dad's vision."
"We're thrilled at the success of this inaugural year for the award," said Danny R. Dean, president of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation. "We look forward to continuing to demonstrate that Indiana has a rich tradition in cultivating talented authors. And special thanks to the Glick family for their ongoing willingness to help us showcase Indiana authors."
The Awards Program included a public program celebrating Indiana authors attended by 400 participants and an Awards Dinner raising $40,000 for the Library Foundation. At the dinner, Indiana native James Alexander Thom was presented with the National Author award while Susan Neville received the Regional Author award and Christine Montross received the Emerging Author award. These authors, as well as their hometown Indiana libraries, each received grants ranging from $2,500 - $10,000.
"Winning this award was a rare and heart-lifting pleasure," said James Alexander Thom. "I am grateful that Eugene and Marilyn Glick honored the storytelling art highly enough to applaud it in such a grand and generous way, and I look forward to applauding those whose work will be so acknowledged in the years to come."
The Call for Nominations for the 2010 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award will commence on February 1, 2010. To learn more, contact the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation at (317) 275-4700 or visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.
The Glicks are two of the most generous philanthropists in Indiana. In addition to establishing the Indiana Authors Award with the Library Foundation, Glick charitable funds have invested substantially in Indiana educational institutions, arts organizations, hospitals and the Pro-100 program, a leadership program for underprivileged youth.
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation supports and enhances programs, services, and facilities of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library through advocacy, fundraising and stewardship for its early literacy programs, homework assistance, workforce development and technologies, including a variety of online library resources.
SOURCE Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation