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The Indiana Society of Chicago will recognize Hanover College as its 2017 "Institution of the Year" during its 112th-annual Black Tie Dinner, Dec. 2, in downtown Chicago.

The Indiana Society of Chicago’s annual event honors exceptional Hoosier individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the state and nation. Proceeds from the event go to scholarships for students attending Hanover College.

Hanover, founded in 1827, is the oldest private, four-year college in Indiana. The College is annually ranked among the top liberal arts institutions in the nation and offers 33 majors with core strengths in education, business and the sciences.

Tickets are available for the black-tie dinner by calling (847) 673-2013, emailing or registering online at

In addition to Hanover, Jim Morris, vice chair of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will be honored at the dinner as the 2017 "Hoosier of the Year." He previously served as executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, chair and chief executive officer of the IWC Resources Corporation, president of Lilly Endowment, Inc., and six years in Indianapolis city government.

Entertainment at this year’s event will be provided by comedienne Patti Vasquez of WGN Radio and the high-energy dance band, The Doo!