MICHIGAN CITY | Mary Carr has been a familiar, friendly face to many of Michigan City’s service clubs for years, happily serving lunches all over town on behalf of Great Lakes Catering. This week the long-time employee of Great Lakes was rewarded for her exception service with the monthly R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Service Excellence) Award, presented by Visit Michigan City LaPorte.
“It’s important to me to win this, because it means the people we help appreciate the good service we provide,” she said. “But this award isn’t for me. It’s for everybody that works here. We’re not out front like most of the people who win the R.O.S.E. Award. It’s nice to know that people realize there are other service oriented people who aren’t always on the front line.”
Carr was nominated by a local Michigan City Lions Club for the friendliness she’s provided in all the years she’s served the club lunch.
This is what they said about her exceptional service: "For the last several years, she has served our Club week after week with a charm and helpfulness that makes us feels like one of her family. She goes out of her way to present us and our guests with an appealing and appetizing spread of food for our noon luncheons. I have often heard from our guests, many of whom are from out of town, just how enjoyable the food, service, and presentation are at our meetings. As a club committed to helping our city through service, one of the ways we can help is by showing ourselves and our city in the most impressive way to our visitors and guests. Our club feels that the efforts of her and her company are a key factor in that success. I feel that this is true not only for our club, but I know that she also works for the other service clubs in Michigan City and provides additional service at special corporate and other events throughout our area giving her a lot of contact with the public. I am sure my sentiments are widely shared by all of the others who have had the pleasure of having her provide service for them."
Ed Kis, who owns Great Lakes Catering and Top Dog Restaurant, in Michigan City, said Carr is “invaluable” to the operation. “She’s great. She’s been great forever,” he said.
For winning the monthly R.O.S.E. Award, Carr received a rose corsage with a $100 bill folded inside, along with a framed certificate. She’s invited to the annual R.O.S.E. Luncheon, held this year at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, and is nominated for the state’s Hoosier Hospitality Award.