Community leaders, organizations earn grants, awards • Northwest Indiana Business Magazine
Clarence Hulse

Community leaders, organizations earn grants, awards

Clarence Hulse
Award recipient Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City, speaks to Jim Alinsky, after receiving the Paul J. Alinsky Excellence Award by the Rotary Club of Michigan City. (Provided by Economic Development Corp. Michigan City)

Northwest Indiana Business Magazine shares the recognitions and grants that community leaders, companies and universities in Northwest Indiana and Michiana earned for their successes. The awards were announced in press releases.

Clarence L. Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City, earned the Paul J. Alinsky Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Michigan City during a March event at the Michigan City Salvation Army. The award recognizes community members who show servant leader values and become “shining examples” in their professions.

Chicago-based @properties | Christie’s International Real Estate, which has agents in the Region, was named to the 2023 HousingWire Tech100 for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the 100 top technology-focused companies in real estate.

Several Northwest Indiana and Michiana companies earned a spot on the 2023 FDMC 300 list, which ranks the largest wood-making manufacturers in the nation. Goshen-based Genesis Products earned No. 34. Nappanee-based Kountry Wood Products landed No. 59. Elkhart-based Patrick Industries Inc. earned No. 69. Lowell-based Saco Industries Inc. was No. 175.

Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp., which has locations in East Chicago, Gary and Portage, and Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank, which has locations throughout the Region, each earned a spot on Ethisphere's 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies honoree list.

Purdue University Northwest Indiana was recognized as a Top Producing Institutions for Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Two PNW faculty members received Fulbright awards for the 2022-23 period, including Maureen Mascha, associate accounting professor, and Meden Isaac-Lam, associate professor of chemistry.

The University of Notre Dame also is among the top institutions producing Fulbright scholars for the ninth consecutive year, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Twenty-eight students from Notre Dame were selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for academic year 2022-23, fifth among all colleges and universities in the nation.

The Crown Point Community Foundation awarded $133,720 for 21 grants during its February grant cycle. The following are the grant recipients: American Veterans Collection: $7,500; Cedar Lake Historical Association: $5,550; Cedar Lake Police Department: $2,500; Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana: $5,000; Community Help Network: $25,000; Crossroads YMCA: $3,500; Crown Point High School: $3,000; Exceptional Equestrians: $4,000; Franciscan Health Foundation (Franciscan Health Crown Point): $7,500; Hanover Central Wildcat Pride Gridiron Club: match up to $4,700; Kelly’s Kindness Co.: $2,000; Lake County Fire Chiefs Association (Lake County Hazmat Team): $5,000, contigent; Lake County Historical Society: match up to $2,170; Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation: $3,800; Operation Combat Bikesaver: $10,000; Opportunity Enterprises: $5,000; Power Paws for Kids: $2,000; SAFE Coalition for Human Rights: $20,000; South Shore Arts: $3,000; The Salvation Army: $7,500; VNA Hospice of NWI: $5,000.

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  • Heather Pfundstein

    Heather Pfundstein is the managing editor of Northwest Indiana Business Magazine and She is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in Northwest Indiana and northern Illinois newsrooms. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University. She has worked for the magazine since 2018.

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