A special announcement at the end of last night's Porter County Community Foundation annual celebration. Longtime northwest Indiana veterinarian Dr. Larry McAfee of Valparaiso received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor bestowed upon a citizen by the state of Indiana. Indiana State Representative Ed Soliday and Indiana State Senator Ed Charbonneau made the presentation. McAfee also received the foundation's Outstanding Volunteer Award. Dr. McAfee and his wife are currently United Way campaign co-chairs, and Dr. McAfee also donates much of his time to wildlife and conservation efforts and trumpeter swans at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso. [Photo/provided: Pictured (left-to-right) State Senator Charbonneau, Dr. McAfee, State Representative Soliday; Barbara Young, President, Porter County Community Foundation ]
The 2014 awards were presented to following recipients: Kristopher Krouse, Shirley Heinze Land Trust Executive Director, for Outstanding Nonprofit Staff Member; Hilltop Neighborhood House for Outstanding Nonprofit Agency; Dr. Larry McAfee, TalTree Arboretum and Gardens Board member, for Outstanding Volunteer; and Don Quijote Restaurant’s Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina, Housing Opportunities supporters, for Outstanding Volunteers. Along with the award, each recipient gets to select a nonprofit to receive a $1,000 grant to the organization’s endowment fund. . To review the Foundation’s latest annual report or for more information, contact the Foundation at (219) 465-0294 or www.portercountyfoundation.org.
[Photo/provided: Achievement Awards at its annual celebration held on June 18. The 2014 awards were presented to (L-R) Stacey Schmidt representing Hilltop Neighborhood House for Outstanding Nonprofit Agency; Don Quijote Restaurant’s Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina for Outstanding Volunteers; Kristopher Krouse for Outstanding Nonprofit Staff Member; and Dr. Larry McAfee for Outstanding Volunteer.]
“We really do have so much to be grateful for in Porter County,” said Gregg Sobkowski, Porter County Community Foundation Board Chair. “Our annual celebration is an opportunity for us to pay special tribute to everyone who works so hard to make our community a better place for all.”
The Foundation celebrated its past year’s accomplishments and thanked the individuals and community partners at its annual meeting on June 18 at Strongbow.
“Since our inception in 1996, the Foundation has grown steadily and we ended 2013 with just under $40 million in assets,” stated Sobkowski. “We see our mission as one of building permanent resources to support our nonprofits and to provide funding to address the ever changing needs in our communities.” Last year alone the Foundation awarded $1.8 million in grants to local students and organizations.
Each year the Foundation presents four Outstanding Achievement Awards to recognize the volunteers, nonprofit organizations and staff for their roles in building a stronger Porter County. “We are inspired each and every day by our nonprofit partners,” said Barb Young, Foundation President. “We see what a difference they are making in the lives of the people they serve.”