The 2019 Star Awards
It was a very special evening, as we came together to celebrate and recognize the incredible men, women and organizations that faithfully serve struggling working families in our community.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
You can view photos of the event by clicking here.
You can view a copy of the program here.
SHOOTING STAR AWARD
This award will be presented to volunteers whose efforts on behalf of a nonprofit or faith-based organization deserve recognition. Multiple volunteers will be recognized for this award.
Brenda Charron Arkeya Lee
Greg Madouros Nick Gianakis
Bethanie Jackubczyk Mike Kizman
Mary Jean Champion Judy Pineda
Vikki Zach Willie Bolden
Lisa Rudy Christine Zimmerman
Aaliyah Stewart Cathleen Laporte
Dianne Kowalski Rashaad Coward
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
This award will be presented to an individual, volunteer or staff member, whose behind-the-scenes work has provided a tremendous impact on the service work taking place in Lake County. 2-3 awardees will be honored.
Jacqueline Weber of Girls on the Run
Kay Hosmer of Sojourner Truth House
Tracy Sharp form St. Catherine Hospital
MEGA STAR AWARD
This award will be presented to an individual with special needs, volunteer or staff member, whose efforts benefit the organization and the community. 2-3 awardees will be honored.
Tamye Longoria nominated by Paying It Forward Wishes and Heroes
Keith VanSickle nominated by Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
RISING STAR AWARD
This award will be presented to a youth or youth group who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to give back to the community. This can include outstanding volunteer work or efforts to help an individual, a specific population, or their community as a whole.
HEART OF SERVICE AWARD
This award will be presented to a staff member that consistently provides superior service and genuine care to clients and the community. Client-facing staff including case managers, social workers and support staff should be considered for this award. 2-3 awardees will be honored.
Tony Hernandez nominated by Hammond Moose Lodge #570
Aaron Pratt Jr. nominated by Sojourner Truth House
Tamye Longoria nominated by Paying it Forward Wishes and Heroes
This award will be presented to an individual whose contributions and service work on behalf of an organization have left an indelible mark on Lake County. Nominees should have ten or more years of demonstrated work in Lake County.
Jill Schlueter-Kim of Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana
ROCK STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award will be presented to a volunteer that consistently exceeds expectations and duties and whose work on behalf of a nonprofit or faith-based organization have a proven impact.
Anna Schoon of Northwest Indiana Community Action
This award will be presented to an individual staff member that has blazed a trail for others to follow by making, doing or discovering something new and is considered a leader in their particular field.
Nupur Arora of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
SHINING STAR AWARD
This award will be presented to a non-profit demonstrating superior performance in all aspects of nonprofit management, community engagement and service.
Lake County Public Library
COMPASSION IN ACTION AWARD
This award will be presented to a faith-based organization demonstrating servant leadership through community engagement and service. The ten characteristics that exemplify servant leadership are listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people and building community.
St. Jude House
BEST VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
This award will be presented to an organization that utilize best practices for volunteer management, resulting in the success of the overall program. Organizations are encouraged to self-nominate for this award.
Habitat For Humanity of Northwest Indiana
BEST VOLUNTEER EVENT
A nonprofit or faith-based organization will be awarded for an exceptional volunteer event. The community at large is encouraged to nominate an organization for a volunteer event or series of events.
St. Catherine Hospital
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AWARD
This award will be presented to organizations demonstrating the best collaborative initiative or event. Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to complete a shared task or achieve a shared goal.
Junior Achievement and Purdue University Northwest
BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN OR EVENT
This award will be presented to an organization for whose use of creative ideas, efforts or strategies results in an exceptional, unique or original marketing campaign or event.
Regional Health Systems
GRASSROOTS INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
This award will be presented to an organization using collective action at the local level to affect change at a local level. Grassroots initiatives are innovative networks of activists and/or organizations that lead bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, providing solutions that respond to local situations and the interests and values of the communities involved.
Athletes for Charity and the Cordero Kids
This award will be presented to an organization that identifies a new method, product and/or initiative to serve individuals or communities in need.
Lisa's Safe Haven