28th Anniversary
Community Hall of Fame Banquet

  November 18, 2014
 South Bend Century Center

The 2014 Class of Hall of Fame inductees are, seated, Maggie Gibney, left, representing her late father, Jeffrey Gibney, and Margaret King. Standing,  from left, are Gregorio Chavez Jr., Robert Benjamin Johnson, Karl King, Karen Leep, Mike Leep and Alexander Toradze.

The 2014 Class of Hall of Fame inductees are, seated, Maggie Gibney, left, representing her late father, Jeffrey Gibney, and Margaret King. Standing, from left, are Gregorio Chavez Jr., Robert Benjamin Johnson, Karl King, Karen Leep, Mike Leep and Alexander Toradze.

We distributed 470 tickets for the 2014 banquet, which is expected to be among our best in terms fund-raising. We inducted five individuals and two couples into the Hall of Fame. We also honored three local organizations with special awards, and presented the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service award to a former elected official. All inductees and award winners received engraved plaques to commemorate the occasion. Please take the time to read about all of our honorees elsewhere on this web site.

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorships this year exceeded those of past years. Some the sponsorships included not

The new Wall of Fame features touch-screen technology, improved lighting and room to expand with more plaques in the future.

The new Wall of Fame features touch-screen technology, improved lighting and room to expand with more plaques in the future.

just the banquet, but funding for the newly designed Wall of Fame in Century Center,
which was unveiled on the night of the banquet. The convention facility had pledged half the estimated $50,000 cost of renovating the Wall, provided that the SBAA could raise the other half. The banquet enabled us to reach that goal. We extend special thanks to Burkhart Advertising, the Communications Co., WNIT and the Center for History for their special contributions to the new Wall of Fame. SBAA Board members Ryan Kring and Dan Schmidtendorff spearheaded the renovation effort and worked tirelessly to finish the wall in time for the banquet. 

 

The primary purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those who have distinguished themselves and our community. A secondary purpose is to raise funds to support extra- and co-curricular activities in South Bend’s public schools.  Those activities do not receive tax dollars for all of their needs. The Alumni Association’s Co-Ex Grants program, funded from proceeds of the Hall of Fame Banquet, provides grants to those activities. In exchange, students are required to perform community service as a pay-back. Please check out the Co-Ex tab at the left side of the home page for more information.

 

We wish to thank the following sponsors for their support

 

of the 2014 Community Hall of Fame Banquet:

 

Title Sponsor: Teachers Credit Union

 

Honor Roll Sponsors

1st Source Bank
Faegre Baker Daniels
Rod Ganey
Holladay Properties

Memorial Hospital
Memorial Children’s Hospital
South Bend Tribune/WSBT
University of Notre Dame

Community Sponsors

The Cressy Foundation
Electronics, Inc.
Four Winds Casino

Gates Automotive Group
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend Chocolate Co.

Silver Star Sponsors

Aflac
American Structurepont
Gurley Leep Automotive Family

Chris and Carmi Murphy
St. Joe Valley Metronet
NIBCO

Bronze Sponsors

Center for Hospice Care
Dr. Fred Ferlic
KADA Partnership

South Bend Education Foundation
Trinity School at Greenlawn

 

Patron Tables

Center for History
James O. Harris
Robert Benjamin Johnson
Merrill Lynch
NNRO

Parkwood Auto Spas
Kathryn Shields
South Bend Heritage
Frank Sullivan Jr.

Patrons

Joseph A. Bauters
Lauren Davis
Dave and Billie Dunlap
Gary and Debra Gilot
Mary Lou Gordon
Jack Gregory
James Kapsa
Steve and Peg Luecke

Robert O’Connor
Lou and Melinda Pierce
Frank Schurz Jr.
Mary and Bill Stanley
Steel Warehouse
Nan Tulchinsky
Morton Ziker
Harold and Doreen Zisla

 

 Hall of Fame Information

 

Primary Goal:

To publicly recognize  individuals whose achievements and services  have distinguished both themselves and the South Bend community.

Secondary Goal: 

To provide a visible tribute to Hall of Fame inductees  for residents and visitors to our community, enabling them to learn how these people made our community what it is today.

 Hall of Fame Categories of Recognition

These are categories to be considered by the Search Committee, but the search for honorees is not  limited to this list, and the list can be amended as needed.     Often nominees qualify in more than one category.

  • Arts—Architecture, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Historical (people who have been deceased fifty or more years)
  • Public/Community Service
  • Science & Technology

Eligibility Requirements

1.  Candidates must have resided or worked in the South Bend Community for ten (10) or more years
(a) South Bend Community  is defined by the  Hall of Fame Committee

2.  Candidates must have notable personal achievements and/or made notable contributions at the local, state, national or international level.

PROCEDURE FOR NOMINATING HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES

There is no official  nomination form     If a person you are nominating meets the eligibility requirements, simply send written nominations to:  South Bend Community Hall of Fame, c/o South Bend Alumni Association, 215 South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601 including:     
1.  A detailed biography  and     
2.  Two letters supporting the nomination. 
Please include the following information.

COMPLETE NAME OF CANDIDATE: _________________________________________

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING THIS NOMINATION:_______________________________

YOUR ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________

PHONE(S):_________________________________________________________________

EMAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________

Nominations:

The Hall of Fame Organizing Committee welcomes and considers only written and documented nominations. A Search Committee seeks out qualified candidates and sends a list of 20 or more  nominees’ names to a Selection Committee that compiles a list of 8-10 candidates in order of choice for induction. An Oversight Committee reviews the work of the Selection Committee and reports to the Hall of Fame Organizing Committee. There is a one-year waiting period from the time a person is first nominated to the time he/she can be inducted.

If you have questions please make contact via email.    Click the email icon on this site or  you can use our email address: sbaa@sbcsc.k12.in.us