On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Center for Hospice Care honored Lou Behre with the 31st Annual Helping Hands Award. Nearly 500 people attended the event to pay tribute to Lou, who for the past 30 years has endeared himself to our community with his immutable service. He has lent his wit, talent and caring commitment to a multitude of organizations that make a difference in people's lives.
After 50 years of serving Clark Equipment Company, Lou turned his formidable talents to helping individuals and institutions in Michiana. For more than 30 years he has organized principal fund raising events for dozens of not-for-profits that have raised tens of millions of dollars to benefit our community.
Lou has left his signature on The Center for History, Logan Center, the Snite Museum, the South Bend Symphony, WNIT, as well as Center for Hospice Care, just to name a few. He gets it done – and he does it right and well – putting his personal touch on each and every event with which he is involved, while respecting the unique personality of the individual or institution hosting the event.
He sweats the details and demands the best whether it be food, floral arrangements, décor, audio visual or entertainment. Lou excels at putting the whole package together to make a statement, his personal mark of quality. He is truly Michiana's trusted guru of taste!
The evening's event recognized this wonderful and trusted individual for his unwavering service to our community. Thank you to all who joined us as we honored somebody who never thinks twice about giving to the community through his flawless orchestration of so many extraordinary and meaningful events.
Special thanks go out to the many sponsors and the members of the dinner committee that made the evening the highest grossing Helping Hands Award Dinner in the history of Center for Hospice Care!
|Art Decio||Leo and Kathleen McKernan||Ernestine Raclin|
|1st Source Bank||The Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation||Tire Rack Performance Center|
|Billie and Dave Bankoff||Carmi and Chris Murphy||University of Notre Dame|
|Beacon Health System||Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center||Wilma Veldman|
|The Cressy Foundation|
|Alick's Home Medical||Julie and Todd Graham||Peoplelink Staffing Solutions|
|Zoreen and Rafat Ansari||Gurley-Leep Automotive||Stephanie and Todd Schurz|
|Barnes & Thornburg||Holladay Corporation||Carrie and Barry Shein|
|Joe Behre||Connie and Mike Joines||Joanne and Mac Sims|
|Jeannelle and Brian Brady||Marijo and Kevin Kelly||South Bend Clinic|
|The Cressy Family||Nancy and Najeeb Khan||The Strefling Foundation|
|Mary Pat and Bob Deputy||LOGAN Center||The Studebaker National Museum|
|Linda and Bipin Doshi||Anna and Sam Milligan||Jane J. Warner*|
|Sharon and Matt Edmonds||Mark M Murray||Ida and Perry Watson|
|Judy and Larry Garatoni||NIBCO Inc.||WNIT|
|AM General||Doreen and Jerry Hammes||The Medical Foundation|
|Anonymous||Mary and Al Harding||Quality Dining|
|Big C Lumber||Charles Hayes||Sue and Pat Ruszkowski|
|Burkhart Advertising||Holy Cross College||Amanda and Brian Rutherford|
|Century Builders||Kurt Janowsky||Kathleen and David Sparks/
|Dr. Walter Halloran||McDonald Physical Therapy, PC|
|Art Decio||Ernestine Raclin|
|Pat and Don Cressy||Carmi and Chris Murphy|
Dinner Committee Members
|Zoreen and Rafat Ansari||Catherine and John Hiler||Sue and Pat Ruszkowski|
|Billie and Dave Bankoff||Kurt Janowsky||Amanda and Brian Rutherford|
|Jeannelle and Brian Brady||Connie and Mike Joines||Stephanie and Todd Schurz|
|Mary Pat and Bob Deputy||Chris and Jim Kelly||Tonya and Tim Sexton|
|Linda and Bipin Doshi||Marijo and Kevin Kelly||Cari and Barry Shein|
|Angie and Phil Faccenda||Nancy and Najeeb Khan||Chris and Jim Sieradzki|
|Ann and John Firth||Karen and Mike Leep||JoAnne and Mac Sims|
|Jody and Mike Freid||Mary and Tom Lowe||Kathleen and David Sparks|
|Kitty and Tom Fulnecky||Rex Martin||Jane Warner*|
|Judy and Larry Garatoni||Polly and Kevin McCarthy||Ida and Perry Watson|
|Julie and Todd Graham||Kathleen and Leo McKernan||Dot Wiekamp|
|Maggie and Al Gutierrez||Anna and Sam Milligan||Roberta and Ben Ziolkowski|
|Mary and Al Harding||Mary and Phil Newbold|
|Holly and Jim Harris||Janie and Don Reese||*posthumous|