Date: 1/28/2011

NBC 5 Meteorologist Ginger Zee brings Positive Outlook to Fund Raiser

NBC 5 Meteorologist Ginger Zee

NBC Meteorologist Ginger Zee will discuss her positive outlook on life at a special Share the Love event beginning at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville. In her presentation, Zee predicts a forecast that is “Mostly Sunny with 100% Chance of Hope.”

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cancer Resource Centre, the luncheon program centers on Zee’s amazing career and uplifting, inspirational story. Weather has always been an important part of Zee’s life. She was born in Los Angeles; but raised in Western Michigan. As a child, she was fascinated with science and math. She claims a summer of extreme weather at a cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan was the spark behind her interest in meteorology. She went on to study this developing passion at Valparaiso University. Zee’s bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology (along with minors in math and Spanish, plus internships and experience in storm chasing), helped her climb the professional ladder from WLAV (Grand Rapids, MI) to WEYI (Flint, MI) to WOOD TV (Grand Rapids, MI), and now NBC5.

Since September of 2006 Zee has worked double shifts on weekends (Saturday and Sundays, 6 to10 a.m., 5, and 10 p.m.). She also takes on a second role as NBC5’s Green Is Universal environmental reporter. Her Green is Universal reports air every Thursday on the NBC 5 News at 5 p.m. Zee was the proud recipient of a Regional Emmy award for Best Weathercast in 2007 and 2008.

Zee is an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, Valparaiso University. She also spends time at schools in and around Northwest Indiana and Chicago, bringing her passion for weather to the classroom.

A portion of the luncheon proceeds will benefit the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster. The Resource Centre is a program of the Community Cancer Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of cancer care in Northwest Indiana and the South Chicago Suburbs. All services of the Cancer Resource Centre — support groups, mind-body-spirit classes, educational offerings and a resource library - are offered free of charge to those in need.

Beginning at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., vendor tables will offer items with proceeds benefiting other philanthropic groups including the auxiliaries of Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. Each reservation is $50 per person and includes lunch and a Hope breast cancer lapel pin. Space is limited. Reservations must be made no later than Feb. 11, 2011.

Luncheon will be served at 12 p.m. Menu items will be prepared by Briar Ridge Country Club Executive Chef Scott Farrell. Briar Ridge Country Club is located at 123 Country Club Drive in Schererville.

Please make checks payable to Community Cancer Research Foundation, and mail to: Community Foundation of NW Indiana, Attention: Sherri Holt, 905 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321. For additional information, please contact Sherri Holt at 219-836-0130 or