Honeywell Arts & Entertainment’s guest relations supervisor, Cody Flager-Lee, was recently named a Hoosier Hospitality Award winner by the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. 

He was given the award by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch during a ceremony at Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.

Flager-Lee has worked with Honeywell since 2013. In his role, he is in charge of daily operations, services, and sales at Honeywell Center, Eagles Theatre, and Honeywell’s partners.

“The phrase ‘Cody knows’ is frequently heard around the Honeywell office because if Cody doesn’t know something, he will work tirelessly until he does,” his nomination for the award read. “He always goes above and beyond in his role.”

Cinema Center appoints president

Cinema Center recently named Christie Hille as president of its board of directors.

“As a college sophomore, I began my journey with Cinema Center by volunteering for the board’s marketing and events committees,” she said in a press release. “This involvement was inspired by a research paper I had written about the MPAA, and it marked the beginning of a long, enriching relationship with this organization. Over the years, I’ve assumed various roles and responsibilities, contributing in different capacities to the growth of Cinema Center.”

Cinema Center is a nonprofit at 437 E. Berry St. with a mission to provide “unique opportunities to explore our world through the art of film.”

Nominate those helping push the arts

Nominations are open for the Arts United Awards. 

The Arts United Awards is northeast Indiana’s premier celebration of the people, organizations, and businesses that make significant contributions through arts and culture to communities throughout our region. 

The 2024 Arts United Awards will accept nominations for the following categories:

  • Distinguished Artist of the Year
  • Emerging Artist of the Year
  • Margaret Ann Keegan Award for Arts Education
  • Outstanding Artistic Endeavor
  • Volunteer of the Year

Nominees should be individuals, teams, or organizations who are making artistic and cultural contributions to one or more communities located within the 12-county region of northeast Indiana that includes Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties. 

Nominations are due Jan. 5 and can be submitted at

Vote for favorite downtown window display

Downtown businesses and organizations are welcome to participate in the ninth annual Window Decorating Contest. 

This year’s theme is Silver Bells and will be judged in two categories: Most Thematic and Most Fort Wayne. 

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be online starting on the Night of Lights, Nov. 22, and will end Sunday, Dec. 10. 

Voters will be entered to win a $100 Downtown Fort Wayne gift card. Winners will be announced Dec. 15. 

For more information, go to

 Botanical Conservatory marks 40th year

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory will celebrates its 40th year of holiday displays, Nov. 18-Jan. 7. 

Lights, evergreens, and poinsettias will be featured in the festive display throughout the holidays.

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