Chamber to select Best of Highland winners

2013-02-21T00:00:00Z Chamber to select Best of Highland winnersBy Times Staff
February 21, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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

Business Person

Dave and Kathy Gortat, Doctor’s Pharmacy

Terry Krooswyk, Krooswyk Trucking

Gary and Shar Miller, Prompt Ambulance

Nick and Pat Popa, Popa Heating & Cooling

Chamber Volunteer

Liz Fledderjohann, New Life CRC

Bill Leep, Pleasant View Dairy

Vickie Rust, First Midwest Bank

Mary Shelton, Centier Bank

Judy Vaughn, Town of HIghland


Apex Construction

Lincoln Community Center

Strack & Van Til

Traditions Restaurant & Pub


Civil Servant

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

Fire Department

Ken Mika

Doug Turich

Parks Department

David Ferrara

Sylvester Gardner

Laura Wanicki

Police Department/VIPS

Shawn Anderson

Lloyd and Linda Blissmer

Jerry Koedyker

Brandon Norris

Brad Snow

Pat Vassar

Public Works Department

John Bach

Mike Pipta

Jeff Siple

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

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