Who We Are

In an effort to give back to their community, Top 20, Inc. was formed by female alumni of East Chicago, Indiana Washington High School who performed under the name of Top 20 from 1961 through 1977. During those years they performed at sporting events during half time, at concerts, and other special occasions such as dance seminars, parades and festivals to which the group was invited.

Far more important than the rigorous dance training provided, the founder of Top 20, Mildred M. Ball, instilled values and emphasized character to each of the Top 20 members. The life lessons acquired during their high school years have produced a group of strong women locally and throughout the country that are dedicated to helping girls and boys to succeed.

The organization will accomplish growth and development of students (Top 20 II), grades 4-12, who reside primarily in East Chicago, Indiana by:

  • Conducting dance workshops and seminars to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Creating programs that promote constructive choices, college preparedness, career readiness, and leadership development.
  • Providing counseling for educational scholarship opportunities and diverse career options.
  • Heightening a commitment to the community through service projects.
  • Advancing cultural enrichment to broaden awareness of local and global affairs.

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Major Sponsors

Sponsored by School City of East Chicago, Foundations of East Chicago, Legacy Foundation, St. Catherine Hospital, and Ameriprise Financial. This project is also made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Top 20, Inc. News

2018 Membership Drive

Newsletter - Spring 2018

Newsletter - May 2017

Newsletter - August 2016

Thank you, supporters, for making the White Glove Fundraiser Luncheon a success!

White Glove Luncheon Raffle Ticket Winners

announced during the fundraiser, Saturday, 10/27/18

at the Ameristar Hotel Ballroom:

1st Prize Winner

Ruth Munsey (Munster, IN)

Glitz & Glamour Basket $500 value

2nd Prize Winner

Sandra Walters (Indianapolis, IN)

Peace & Serenity Basket $300 value 

3rd Prize Winner

Michael Louis (U.S. Steel, Gary Works)

Foodies Go Wild Basket $200 value

Contact JLGivens@netnitco.net for more information

On behalf of the 

Top 20, Inc. Board of Directors 


Top 20 II Dance & Mentoring 

Program Participants