Herdenking = Commemoration of the End of WWII

Bevrijdingsbal = Liberty Ball to Celebrate our Freedom

You are cordially invited to The Indo Project’s first annual Commemoration and Liberation Ball on Saturday, August 12, 2023, 1-5pm in Southern California. Join the Southern California Indo community as we honor the Dutch East Indies’ fallen heroes, may they never be forgotten.

All generations are invited. Come commemorate and honor. Bring your omas and opas, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and of course, cousins and neighbors – all are welcome! This important event is about our shared heritage and a tribute to generations that came before you.

Herdenking is Dutch for commemoration. It is a special day to honor and pay respect to all of our fallen heroes, our lost family members and all the resilient people of the former Dutch East Indies (Nederlands-Indië). In the Netherlands, this day of remembrance is celebrated throughout the country. Globally, people with a family history in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) celebrate within their own (Dutch/Indo) community.

2019 Los Angeles Commemoration with The Indo Project Members Maureen de Schepper, Linda van Lommel Keeney, Eric Morgan
2019 Los Angeles Commemoration with TIP Members Maureen de Schepper, Linda van Lommel Keeney, Eric Morgan

Here in Southern California, the Nationale Herdenking 15 Augustus 1945 Comité, made up of a dedicated group of local volunteers, traditionally commemorated this day with both a special ceremony at our Los Angeles monument and followed by a lovely ball on the same day in order to share stories, be together and to remember our shared history. In Dutch, Bevrijdingsbal means liberation ball. At the request of the Comité, this year The Indo Project is hosting this event for the very first time. We want to spend this time with you, our community, all the people with roots in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). We cannot do this without you, and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity to honor all those who made it possible for us to be here now.

René Creutzburg's De Indo US Publication
René Creutzburg's De Indo US Publication

One of the ways we are building upon this special time is by introducing the first ever TIP Lifetime Achievement Award which we are presenting posthumously to René Creutzberg who left us too soon, may he rest in peace. Do you remember De Indo, the best little yellow monthly newspaper? René created that special publication in Dutch, and with the help of a dedicated group of very special volunteers, made it something people the world over looked forward to every month. He also was a driving force in the De Soos group in the 50s, 60s and 70s in Southern California.

Buena Park Elks Lodge for The Indo Project Herdenking
Buena Park Elks Lodge

Event Details and Location

Saturday, August 12, 2023 | From 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Doors open at 1:00 You MUST purchase a ticket by July 26, 2023 so we can make sure to have your meal prepared with love by Caterer Natalie from the Indo Ranch OC.


Buena Park Elks Lodge

7212 Melrose Avenue, 

Buena Park, CA 90620

Get Your Tickets Today

Get your tickets today online by clicking here. OR, call TIP Treasurer Maureen De Schepper at (951) 206-6500 if you would like to send a check or need help purchasing tickets online. Please do not delay in purchasing your tickets. Seats are limited, you won’t want to miss out on this special opportunity.

Registration Information

Tickets include entry, dinner, one bottle of water, coffee, and tea

  • Single Ticket: $33 per person
  • Sponsorships: Reserved Table and Advertisement Opportunities (see below for more information)
2015 - René Creutzburg prepares De Indo's Monthly Mailing
2015 - René Creutzburg prepares De Indo's Monthly Mailing

Event Highlights

Below are the event highlights:

Dress Code: Nice casual, but remember we will be experiencing hot weather.

Music will be brought to you by DJ Vintage Pete who specializes in all kinds of musical genres. The DJ will play music for dancing.


Listed below are the two dinner options:

  • dinner with noodles: Bakmie Goreng Ayam; 2 Sate Ayam, with peanut sauce, Atjar & Kerupuk Udang (left image)
  • dinner with rice: Coconut turmeric rice w/side of fried chicken, beef rendang, egg balado, tempeh balado & kerupuk Udang (right image)

Caterer Natalie will be selling Cendol on-site plus some other goodies for sale.

Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities

Are you or your business interested in further supporting the preservation, promotion, and celebration of Indo culture?

As a Herdenking Celebration and Commemoration Ball Sponsor, your donation will be tax deductible, raise awareness of your local business, and support our beloved Indo community. For more information about sponsoring the event, please contact TIP Treasurer Maureen de Schepper at (951) 206-6500.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Reserved Table for Eight (8) guests, Stage Banner, Full Page Ad in the Program – $1,000.00


Reserved Table for Eight (8) guests, Table Banner, One-half page Ad in the Program – $750.00


Four (4) reserved seats, Table Banner, one-quarter page ad in the Program – $500.00

Other Opportunities

Program ads (camera ready art required) in the event program 

  • Business Card – $50.00
  • 1/4 page – $100
  • 1/2 page – $250
  • Full page – $500

Raffle Prize Donations

The Indo Project is requesting In Kind donations. We are looking for gift cards, barbecue items, spa treatments, beauty products, family game night items (board games, movie tickets, sporting event tickets, sports memorabilia).

Cash Donations

The work we do to bring the Indo community together relies entirely on public donations.  You are the key to our success!  Your donation is crucial to making our project a success. Tax-deductible receipt available upon request.

ANY donation is appreciated.  If anyone that has a business or just a sincere desire to support our mission, please consider a donation. Your gifts are the KEY to our success.

1 Comment

  1. What airport is the closest to the event? I’m interested but would need transportation to the event. Is someone from TIP staying in a hotel nearby where I could share a room?

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