The Irvies: A celebration of community as only Irvington knows how

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indy’s Irvington neighborhood is rolling out the red carpet for the “Irvies,” a unique award show for a unique community.

Voting for the awards is going on now. It's the perfect mix of community, with a dash of quirk.

“The idea of doing almost a ‘Dundies’ style [award show], from ‘The Office,’ a little satire, but at its base to really recognize the community," Irvies Chair Tyler Sheller said.

The award show is a fundraiser for the Irvington Development Organization, with all the proceeds going back to help the community. Irvington may be the Halloween capital of central Indiana, but the neighborhood also prides itself on "loving thy neighbor," which is at the root of these awards.

“Those in the community that go above and beyond to make Irvington as quirky, unique, and magical as it really is," Sheller said.

“We are a ‘do-gooding,’ self-entertaining, take care of each other, and every dog we ever find and cat, community," past Irvie winner Dawn Briggs said.

The categories are all tongue-in-cheek, from the “RIP Steve Irwin” award for animal lovers to “The Cheers” award for a place where everyone knows your name. Voting goes until February 1. Voting boxes are located at specific businesses in the area. Each category has its own spot. The idea is to not only get votes, but to spark an economic boost in foot traffic.

“What better way than to put these ballet boxes in the community, so that people have to go out vote in 12 different locations," Sheller said. “Come vote at Black Acre, get a beer, go to Hampton Designs and pick up a nice little gift.”

You can find voting for each award below, and a list of what each award means here. The award show will be February 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Irvington Lodge.

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