More than 400 attend St. Mary Medical gala to benefit the children

2003-02-09T00:00:00Z More than 400 attend St. Mary Medical gala to benefit the children nwitimes.com
February 09, 2003 12:00 am

INSIGHT with Marge Kullerstrand and Adele Mackanos

Hundreds of formally clad physicians and friends joined together to help St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart celebrate "The Future of Our Children" at the fund-raising gala and silent auction at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.

The evening began with a reception as hospital administrator Milt Triana and wife Linda greeted guests upon entering the atrium of the building. Entering the William Bachman Gallery, people got their first glance of the beautiful items on the silent auction table and enjoyed magnificent works of art on display.

Nick Thiros served as master of ceremony for the evening and William Schenck, president of the board of directors for St. Mary Medical Center, spoke about the new patient tower being built and the children's wing, which will benefit from gala proceeds.

Sr. Jolise May of the American Province of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ gave the invocation.

Dinner entertainment was provided by crooner James Bulanda.

Kudos to the wonderful work done by the planning committee of Lou Dennison, Amy Han, Kathy Koscieinak and Nick Thiros, co-chairpersons, and Dr. Scott Andrews, Doris Blaney, Hobart Mayor Linda Buzinec, Dr. Jaime Cebedo, Dr. Bhupindar Chhabra, Dr. Marc Connery, Dr. Vijay Dave, Dr. Raja Devanathan, Sr. Michele Devorak, PHJC, Dr. Donald Fesko, Lisa Field, Dr. Brandan Frawley, Dr. Tom Galouzis, Dr. Thomas Golubski, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Dr. David Gross, Dr. Dennis Han, Dr. Tsau-Yuen Huang, Randall Jacobs, Bill Joiner, Debra Jenkins, Dr. Joseph Koscieiniak, Kenneth Krupinski, Jack Leach, Dr. Michael Macuga, John Mybeck, Dr. Thach Nguyen, Dr. Ramachandra Rao, Raeann Rodriguez, William Schenck, Len Schmidt Jr., Len Schmidt Sr., Dick Sierra, Dr. Zlatan Stepanovic, Marita Stuppy, Milt Triana, Dr. Denise Weaver, Robert Welsh and Dr. Jack Ziegler.

Kudos to the wonderful work done by the planning committee of Lou Dennison, Amy Han, Kathy Koscieinak and Nick Thiros, co-chairpersons, and Dr. Scott Andrews, Doris Blaney, Hobart Mayor Linda Buzinec, Dr. Jaime Cebedo, Dr. Bhupindar Chhabra, Dr. Marc Connery, Dr. Vijay Dave, Dr. Raja Devanathan, Sr. Michele Devorak, PHJC, Dr. Donald Fesko, Lisa Field, Dr. Brandan Frawley, Dr. Tom Galouzis, Dr. Thomas Golubski, Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, Dr. David Gross, Dr. Dennis Han, Dr. Tsau-Yuen Huang, Randall Jacobs, Bill Joiner, Debra Jenkins, Dr. Joseph Koscieiniak, Kenneth Krupinski, Jack Leach, Dr. Michael Macuga, John Mybeck, Dr. Thach Nguyen, Dr. Ramachandra Rao, Raeann Rodriguez, William Schenck, Len Schmidt Jr., Len Schmidt Sr., Dick Sierra, Dr. Zlatan Stepanovic, Marita Stuppy, Milt Triana, Dr. Denise Weaver, Robert Welsh and Dr. Jack Ziegler.

But the evening could not be a success without the hard work of more folks than just the planning committee. Volunteers get silent auction items donated, vendors to committ and they sell ads for the program book. Those folks include Bobbie Dakich, Jeannie Galouzis, Dee Nordyke, Jennifer Puckett, Carol Shingler, Barbara Sierra, Donna Wilson, Chris Atherton, Cheryl Anderson, Charlotte Barber, Barb, Blejski, Harry Brockus, Karen Gerke, Sr. Mary Ellen Goeller PHJC, Marsha King, Michelle Meyer, Patrick Midkiff, Alice Nale, Randy Norris, Dave Shebish, Joe Szczzerba, Jo Toigo, Ken Vanderhye, Lou Dennison and Elizabeth Yee.

Folks spotted enjoying the ambience of the evening included chairman of Community Healthcare SystemsDonald Powers and his lovely wife Margo, Donald and Kathy Fesko, Timothy and Frankie Fesko, Dr. Asim Mohiuddin, Dr. and Mrs. M. Nabil Shabeeb, John and JoAnn Birdzell, Joe and Aurelia Costanza, John and Gina Gorski, Dr. John Griep Henry and Carol Hadidian, James and Margaret Hilburger, Mark Rogers, Tony and Shelia Debonis, Mary Lou Mybeck, Jack Weichman, Dr. Donald and Nada Kucharzyk, Bruce and Cynthia Bergland, Mike and Mylinda Cane, Dave and Diane Romza-Kutz, Michael Schrage, Linda and Michael Spiccia Jr., Mary Pat and Rich Welc, Dorene Albright and Dan Richwalski, George and Mary Beth Kucko, David Blaskovich, Vicki Weyhrich, Darrel Splitoff, Dan and Jennifer Vinovich. Representing the Ancilla Systems were Sr. Carole Langhaser PHJC, Sr. Kathleen Quinn PHJC, Sr. Mary Jo Shingler and Sr. Annemarie Kampwerth.

Picture not perfect

A photo featuring Sue P. Joys of Valparaiso, president of Indiana Hospital and Health Auxiliaries Association, incorrectly named the president-elect for the IHHAA. Lois Miller of Valparaiso is the president-elect and currently serving as past president, after serving six years as president, of St. Mary Medical Center's Auxiliary in Hobart. INsight regrets the error.

Hobart Chamber banquet

Nearly 200 guests braved subzero temps to venture out and attend the 55th annual installation banquet of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce.

In the cozy ambiance of Hobart's Avalon Manor, guests were treated to a banquet fit for royalty and prepared by Peter Kaifias' chefs, whose culinary talents enjoyed throughout the evening.

The program brought to the dias included outgoing chamber president Gary Brubaker, who gave the gavel to his successor, Elsie Koleff of Centier Bank.

Longtime Hobart resident and chamber board member Virginia Curtis was recipient of the chamber's Outstanding Service Award, and received a standing ovation from guests, who obviously agreed she was worthy of the special recognition.

Curtis is an active volunteer and also heads up Hobart's City Improvement Committee.

Hobart Mayor Linda Buzinec did the honors of installing new officers for 2003.

Todd Hunt of Hunt Company, motivational speaker and author, presented the program for the evening.

Hunt tried to warm up the audience with quips and puns about communication bleeps and blunders.

Board members on the scene were: Allen Kent, Sister Mary Ellen Goeller PHJC; Virginia Rettig, executive director of the chamber; Ken West, Steve Bohn, Lisa Field, Tom Adamcyk, Hazel Thomas, Roberta Ladony, Nick Didonna, Rick Smith, Dave Wilson, Dale Polomchak, Russell Kraft Jr., Barb Null, Bob Bonham, Karen Ayersman, Dave Vinzant, Randy Turley, Dick Sierra, Don Niemeyer Jr., Carol Daumer Gutjahr, Ed Kray, Susan Walker and Rob Isakson.

Also in attendance were: Michalene Fazeka, Alyce Butler, Marilyn Repp, Sue Medved, Michael Wallace, Rick Long, Kim Schutz, Yolanda Kolbert, Polly Koesters, James and Janet Herrick, Ed Nickels, Jane Woodruff, Julia Connelly, Jim and Sally Burns, Cal Shearer and Tim Gravenstreter.

For chocoholics

Looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for that chocolate lover in your life? Mark the calendar and purchase a ticket for Taste of Chocolate 2003.

The Caring Place fund-raiser will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 16 at WaterBird Lakeside Banquet Center, located at Indian Oak Resort and Spa in Chesterton.

Those attending the event will have an opportunity to indulge in chocolate creations from Northwest Indiana restaurants, confectioners and caterers.

For those interested in making their own chocolate creations, a panel of professional judges will determine the best entries in chocolate cakes, cookies, pies, candies and dessert categories. Entry forms are available by calling Charlotte Conjelko of The Caring Place at (219) 464-0840, Ext.100.

Event is sponsored by The Times, Fifth Third Bank, Indian Oak Resort and Spa, Dr. Dan and Betsy Dunevant and Centier Bank.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. They also can be purchased at The Caring Place Community Advocacy Center, 3107 Cascade Drive, Valparaiso.

A United Way agency, The Caring Place provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Porter, Lake and Starke counties.

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