Community Civility Counts will hold its second annual World Civility Day events on Thursday, April 13, 2017.  A full-day of civility-themed activities and an awards dinner in the evening will be held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana.

Community Civility Counts started as an initiative of the Gary Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee and it has expanded to include many partners both locally and nationally. It was launched in 2015 at a press conference held in the Gary Chamber board room.

“As the executive director of the Gary Chamber of Commerce and speaking on behalf of our board of directors, I am elated over the scope and success of the Community Civility Counts initiative,” said Chuck Hughes. “We could not have envisioned early on that CCC would now be recognized in several areas of the world.”

Its first World Civility Day event, April 14, 2016, was sold out with 300 people from Indiana and nine other states and three countries. UN Ambassador Dr. Clyde Rivers gave the keynote address at the packed Majestic Star Casino ballroom in Gary.

Dr. Rivers is expected to return for the second World Civility Day.

World Civility Day on April 13, 2017 will include a kickoff lunch and workshops at the Indiana Welcome Center. Workshop themes will include civility in the classroom and workplace civility.

The dinner, held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, will include featured speakers and the first awards presented by Community Civility Counts.

The National Civility Center is a partner and sponsor of the day.

Sponsorship and tickets are available through the Gary Chamber of Commerce at (219) 885-7407. Tickets are $25 for the workshops and afternoon lunch and $60 for the dinner and can be obtained by calling the chamber.

To follow the activities of Community Civility Counts, visit and like the Civility Counts page on Facebook.