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

To our sponsors and supporters
for donating to our 3rd Annual Fundraiser on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Ameristar.

Your support tells us that you realize the value of every child in East Chicago, Indiana. We will do our very best to serve our kids and help them to live up to the
Top 20 Choices:

 1. Choose to be drug free

 2. Choose to practice personal hygiene

 3. Chose to stay active

 4. Choose to eat healthy, balanced meals

 5. Choose to learn your bodies

 6. Choose academic excellence

 7. Choose to nurture your dreams

 8. Choose to be positively persistent

 9. Choose to think before you act

10. Choose to be open to new ideas

11. Choose to serve your community

12. Chose to encourage and enlightens others

13. Choose to listen to others

14. Choose to love and respect others

15. Choose to learn about your community

16. Choose to accept diversity

17. Choose your words and actions wisely

18. Choose justice and stand up for what is right

19. Choose to dress appropriately

20. Choose to be responsible



1st Place Prize $1000 Value

1 Week Time Share in Las Vegas


2nd Place Prize $500 Value



3rd Place Prize $250 Value

3 PC Luggage Set

We are planning a golf outing fundraiser tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 16, 2020 at Duck Creek Golf Course in Hobart

...stay tuned

To inquire about our dance program call Debra Williams (219) 201-6798

Email JLGivens@netnitco.net for more information

On behalf of the 

Top 20, Inc. Board of Directors 


Top 20 II Dance & Mentoring 

Program Participants

thank you 

for making the right choice!