PhotoStanding in front of Northwest Indiana's first Veterans Build house, Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, announced a Veteran's Day event that will honor all veterans and benefit local veteran organizations - NWI Veterans Action Council, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, and American Legion Post 94.

The event, A Lifetime of Showbiz: The Tribute to W.F. "Bill" Wellman, is a collaborative effort between the South Shore CVA and Star Plaza Theatre, and will include a one-on-one conversation with World War II veteran W.F. "Bill" Wellman, "Inside the Actors Studio" format, and a performance by the Valparaiso High School band.

"Mr. Wellman has made many contributions to Northwest Indiana, to the hospitality industry and to veteran organizations and causes," said Batistatos. "Even in retirement, Mr. Wellman is actively seeking ways of contributing to the region."

The event will be hosted from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. During the event, the Valparaiso High School band will perform their patriotic-themed show, and Batistatos will lead the one-on-one conversation with Wellman, talking about his 70+-year career in the hospitality and tourism industry and his experiences serving in the Marine Corps during WWII.

Tickets for the event will cost either $15 or $20 per person, and net proceeds will be donated to the NWI Veterans Action Council and Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to be used for a future Veterans Build home, and the American Legion Post 94 in Valparaiso.

Tickets for the event will be available for purchase at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana's ReStore, 6114 W. Ridge Road in Gary, and the American Legion Post 94 in Valparaiso, 4 Monroe Street in Valparaiso.

For more information, contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770 or visit www.alongthesouthshore.com/showbiz.

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Dick Stamper, American Legion Post 94 Commander; Mike Sparber, chairman of the NWI Veterans Action Council; Dan Klein, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana; W.F. "Bill" Wellman; and Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority, announced a Veteran's Day event, A Lifetime of Showbiz: The Tribute to W.F. "Bill" Wellman, which will benefit local veteran organizations.