2022 Helping Hands Award Dinner

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The 37th Helping Hands Award Dinner was held on Wednesday, May 4 at Hilton Garden Inn, located in South Bend. The 2022 honoree was community organizer, Gladys Muhammad. The theme, Serving the Community, recognized the significant contributions her work at the South Bend Heritage Foundation and as a volunteer with numerous organizations has made to improve the quality of living for our community.

A South Bend native, Muhammad retired from the South Bend Heritage Foundation in 2020 after 34 years of service. She joined the foundation after working for the City of South Bend and helping start The Shelter, a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused women sponsored by the YWCA. Even in retirement, Gladys continues to be instrumental in organizing South Bend’s yearly Martin Luther King Day celebration.


Her connections in the community run deep, from her roots on the west side of South Bend where she grew up, and into local government, non-profit organizations, and higher education.

The Helping Hands award is the most recent in a memorable list of honors for Muhammad. These include:

  • South Bend Hall of Fame
  • Sagamore of the Wabash
  • Key to the City
  • YWCA Woman of the Year
  • Congressional Tribute by The Hon. Joseph Donnelly

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Dinner Presenters

Beacon Health System

University of Notre Dame

Dinner Benefactors

1st Source Bank

Alick’s Home Medical

Linda and Bipin Doshi

Sharon and Matt Edmonds

Gurley Leep Automotive Family

Catherine and John Hiler

Connie and Michael Joines

LOGAN Community Resources

Michiana Hematology Oncology PC

Carmi and Chris Murphy

Mark M Murray

Office Interiors, Inc.

Rita and Dick Strefling

Studebaker National Museum

The Tire Rack

WNIT Public Television

Reception Benefactors

Ann and Fred Dean

The Judd Leighton Foundation

Anna and Sam Milligan

Mary and Phil Newbold

Pro Show


DJ Construction
Jennifer Ewing and Tom Housand
Maggie Gibney
Sharon Housand
Indiana University South Bend
John W. Rosenthal Capital Managemen, Inc.
Lake City Bank
Stephen Luecke
Senior 1 Care
Kathleen Wills
Dawn and Mark Wobbe

Dinner Committee

Committee Chairs

Marvin Curtis

Karen White

Committee Members

Solomon Anderson
Jon Broden
David Buggs
Virginia and Richmond Calvin
Myrtle and Lynn Coleman
Todd Cummings
Kareemah Fowler
Bernice Freeman
Jody Freid

Rosemarie Harris
Deborah Ladyga-Block
Marco Mariani
Mary McAfee
Crescent Muhammad
Carmen and Lou Nanni
Mary and Phil Newbold
Tonya and Tim Sexton
Jessie Whitaker

If you would still like to make a donation towards the 37th Helping Hands Award Dinner in honor of Gladys Muhammad, please do so below.