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John Neighbours '71 Receives 2009 Charles L. Whistler Award

November 1, 2009

john neighbours 09.jpgNovember 1, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — John T. Neighbours, a partner in the law firm of Baker & Daniels and a 1971 graduate of DePauw University, is a recipient of the 2009 Charles L. Whistler Award, a prestigious honor given by the Indianapolis mayor's office in collaboration with Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. The annual award recognizes one or two individuals who, outside the regular duties of their chosen profession, have brought together the public and private sectors for civic improvement in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard presented the Whistler Award to Neighbours and Sallie W. Rowland during a private ceremony, October 27, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Neighbours serves on the executive committee of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the board of the United Way of Central Indiana, where he is the immediate past chair (for 2006 and 2007). Neighbours was also the founding board chair for the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Learning High School and is co-chair for the legal committee of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, co-chair of the Central Indiana Transit Task Force and a member of the boards of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the Christian Theological Seminary. His lengthy list of activities also includes serving on DePauw University's Board of Visitors.

"John Neighbours has provided outstanding leadership to so many organizations through the years, and his energy and vision have truly helped make the Indianapolis community a better place," says Murray Clark, GIPC board member and chair of the 2009 Charles L. Whistler Award Committee. "John chaired the United Way of Central Indiana for two years and played an instrumental role in successful fund-raising campaigns despite challenging economic conditions. Additionally, he has spent substantial time in recent years working on initiatives to lift inner-city students to higher academic performance so they ultimately may attend college. John is truly deserving of joining the prestigious list of Whistler Award winners who have made Indianapolis an extraordinary place."

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