HIGHLAND | Family and friends of the Best of Highland finalists, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend the March 7 awards ceremony at Wicker Park Social Center, 2215 Ridge Road, to support those who make Highland a better place to live and work.
The Highland Chamber of Commerce will announce a winner in each category at the 6 p.m. event - Chamber Board Member, Chamber Volunteer, Business Person, Beautification, Civil Servant, Fire Department, Parks Department, Police/VIPS, Public Works Department, and School Town of Highland.
In addition to the Best of Highland Awards, participating chamber restaurants will be showcasing their cuisine as well as competing for the Best Restaurant Award, which will be announced at the end of the night.
Tasting and networking will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., with awards presented from 8 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $40 each, with a cash bar available. RSVP to the chamber at (219) 923-3666 by Monday. Sponsorships include a table of 8 (includes Power Point ad) for $400, and a half table (includes Power Point Ad) for $200.
The finalists, by category, are:
Chamber Board Member
Michelle Anderson, First Financial Bank
John Freyek, Citizens Financial Bank
Carrie Upchurch, Standard Bank
Dave and Kathy Gortat, Doctor’s Pharmacy
Terry Krooswyk, Krooswyk Trucking
Gary and Shar Miller, Prompt Ambulance
Nick and Pat Popa, Popa Heating & Cooling
Liz Fledderjohann, New Life CRC
Bill Leep, Pleasant View Dairy
Vickie Rust, First Midwest Bank
Mary Shelton, Centier Bank
Judy Vaughn, Town of HIghland
Lincoln Community Center
Strack & Van Til
Traditions Restaurant & Pub
CIVIL SERVANT AWARDS
John Breslin, Council of Community Events
Kathy Deal, Highland Public Library
Michael Grin, Highland Clerk-Treasurer
Frank Mrvan, North Township Trustee
Cecile Petro, Highland Redevelopment
Lloyd and Linda Blissmer
Public Works Department
School Town of Highland
Rob Blumenthal, HHS Dean of Discipline
Mike Boskovich, superintendent
Amanda Johnson, Warren Elementary School
Cheryl Kemp, HHS kitchen manager
Tom Marjai, HHS night foreman
John McCormick, Southridge Elementary School
Kevin Trezak, Johnston Elementary School
Amy Vezmar, HHS counselor