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Two community advocates and four businesses that have made investments into either new or existing facilities will be recognized during the Munster Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner.

The 63rd annual event is Saturday, Jan. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Briar Ridge Country Club, 123 Country Club Drive, Schererville. This year's theme is Speakeasy Night, which will feature Roaring '20s decor. 

Tom Byelick, executive director of the chamber, said the dinner will have a social atmosphere with a brief awards presentation. It's a black-tie preferred event, though it's not mandatory, he said. 

"It's about enjoying the evening and celebrating those who are being recognized," said Byelick, who took over the chamber's leadership post in May 2017. 

Bill Hasse, owner of Hasse Construction Co. in Calumet City, Illinois, will be presented the chamber's citizen of the year award.

Receiving the volunteer of the year award is Candice Kouros-Logue, vice president, Munster and Highland banking center manager for People's Bank. Kouros-Logue is an active chamber member who serves on several community boards, including the Munster Education Foundation. 

Beautification awards will be presented to Franciscan Health, Springhill Suites by Marriot, Priority Fitness Personal Training Center and Johnny's Tap.

Byelick said the beautification awards for Franciscan and Springhill Suites are for new construction projects. Franciscan is being recognized for multiple projects in Munster.

Springhill Suites opened recently in the Centennial Village development at Calumet Avenue near 45th Street. 

Byelick said Priority Fitness renovated and moved into a new location in Highland on West 45th Street, west of Indianapolis Boulevard. Johnny's Tap, on Calumet Avenue near Broadmoor Avenue, also is being recognized for its remodeling project.  

Tickets for the Munster Chamber of Commerce annual dinner are available online at


Business Editor

Larry is the Business Editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana.