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Dewulf, Resteau, Grossbauer honored at Chamber award luncheon

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By KEVIN NEVERS

The Duneland Chamber of Commerce honored Lu Dewulf as its Humanitarian of the Year, at the Chamber’s annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at Allure on the Lake.

Presenting the award to Dewulf: Jackie Ruge-Perkins. “Lu Dewulf has selflessly dedicated her time and philanthropic efforts to enhance the entire Duneland community,” Ruge-Perkins said. “If there is an event happening at The Chesterton Art Center or the Duneland YMCA, Lu’s name will come up in conversation. She loves her community and that is evident through her good works. The time she gives is proof that she wants to make our area one where you want to live, work, and play.”

Among other things, Dewulf’s donation to the Duneland Y helped to fund the renovation of a fitness studio for group training. “The Duneland Y named the studio in honor of this remarkable woman,” Ruge-Perkins noted. “So next time you take a class there, keep in mind it is because of her generosity that it was possible.”

Dewulf also assisted in the organization in the 2012 Dancing like the Stars campaign--and “waltzed beautifully” at the event; is actively involved in Rebuilding Together Duneland both as a sponsor and a volunteer; and is an “integral part of the Chesterton Art Center,” which has similarly named a gallery for her, Ruge-Perkins said.

“This honor was earned through her tireless work and generosity,” Ruge-Perkins added. “Generosity: it’s a word you will hear time and again in conversation when talking about Lu. She gives generously of her time and philanthropic efforts. Thank you, Lu, for your generosity.”

Service Person of the Year

Meanwhile, Beverly Shores Town Marshal Susan Resteau is the 2018 Service Person of the Year, presented by Geof Benson.

Resteau--for many years a Porter County Sheriff’s Police deputy who served on the task force whose superb investigative work made possible the conviction of David Malinski for the murder of Lorraine Kirkley--succeeded to the position of marshal on the passing of Richard Landis.

“Susan Resteau gives selflessly to make the Town of Beverly Shores not only safer but friendlier too,” Benson said. “The residents of her own town nominated Susan, wanting to thank and see that she is recognized for her outstanding service to her community. Susan takes the Serve part of her badge’s motto to heart.”

Resteau’s “dedication to the seniors of her community is truly moving,” Benson noted. “She regularly offers rides to seniors, ensuring that they get to where they need to go safely. She regularly calls them during extreme weather, such as blizzards, bitter cold, or excessive heat.”

“Susan is so dedicated to her community that she keeps a chainsaw in her own squad car, often clearing fallen branches and trees from the roadways after storms,” Benson added. “She regularly notifies residents of icy patches up on top of the dunes, when salt trucks are ineffective. Susan’s dedication to her community and the residents of the town make Beverly Shores a friendlier place to call home.”

Volunteer of the Year

The Chamber’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Joe Grossbauer.

“Joe Grossbauer dedicates his time to a number of causes in our community as well as working a full-time job for his family’s company, GGNet Technologies,” presenter Lisa Mathis said. “Joe is always eager to pitch in when needed. He volunteers, from helping the Duneland Chamber hang Christmas lights randomly one cold December afternoon to making gorgeous masks for Housing Opportunities’ Masquerade Ball, their biggest fundraiser of the year, in order to help ‘unmask homelessness.’”

Grossbauer is also secretary of not one but two Duneland organizations, Mathis noted: the Chamber itself and the Chesterton/Porter Rotary Club. He is active in Rebuilding Together Duneland and the Chamber’s annual Corkscrew & Brew event. And he’s a supporter of several young professional groups, including Full Circle Young Professionals and Lake Career Network.

More: Grossbauer “slipped on a pair of heels and strutted to raise money for the Stepping Stone Shelter for women and assisted in organizing this year’s Region Games, a track and field event which raised money for the Northwest Indiana Food Bank, Housing Opportunities, and the Duneland YMCA.”

Grossbauer “is one of the individuals in the community to selflessly commit time and effort into improving the region,” Mathis said.

 

 

Posted 7/20/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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