Leadership Northwest Indiana will honor 22 Northwest Indiana residents and recognize 11 of them with Leaders as Heroes awards on Friday at Avalon Manor in Hobart.
The call for nominations garnered “a great response,” according to Keith Kirkpatrick, LNI Executive Director. An award selection panel met in March to review the finalists and chose the 11 to be honored at the second annual South Shore Leadership Awards event.
“These awards will honor individuals who exemplify LNI’s 10 principles of leadership,” he said.
The LNI principles are connected, boundary spanning, innovative, hopeful, aware, active, engaged, courageous, inclusive and ethical.
Those finalists include Keith Bruxvoort of Strack & Van Til; Steve Conger, Ridge United Methodist Church in Munster; Barbara George, of Real Life Community Church/Marriage Matters of Valparaiso; Roy Hamilton, Purdue University Calumet in Hammond; Brad Hemingway, of Planting Possibilities; and Rich Hudson, of Hudson Land Surveying in Valparaiso.
Other finalists are Bill Jarvis, Tri-Town Safety Village in Schererville; Bridgette Kelly of Bridgette C. Kelly Youth Foundation in Gary; David Lee King Jr., Gary’s Westside Leadership Academy; Steven Kokas, Holiday Star Theatre, Merrillville; Kris Krouse, of the Shirley Heinze Land Trust based in Michigan City; Nancy Machnikowksi, School City of Hammond; Tavetta Patterson of Gary Life Magazine; and Dr. Allison Petrovich, of Franciscan St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point.
Additional finalists being honored include Deb Reason, of LaPorte County Drug Free Partnership; Richard Reel, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Services LaPorte County; Rebecca Rainer, Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities in Portage; Connie Rudd, Porter County Health Dept.; Daniel Timm, Porter County Assessor’s Office; George Vande Werken, of Providence Bank; Jamal Washington, Illinois Central Bus Co.; and Rondi Wightman, Indiana University.
The event from 6 to 10 p.m. April 26 will include dinner, dancing, a silent auction and recognition of the outstanding leaders in Northwest Indiana communities, Kirkpatrick said. Reservations can be made by calling the LNI offices at (219) 465-6818 or by visiting www.LeadershipNWI.org.