Community Impact Award

Community Impact Award

The Porter-Starke Services Foundation's Community Impact Award recognizes individuals who have made an impact by supporting the Foundation's fundraising efforts or raising awareness of community health issues.

Heather Henderlong

As a Porter-Starke Services Foundation Board Member, Heather's unique energy and can-do spirit has improved the Foundation?s fundraising efforts. In 2010, Heather approached the Porter-Starke Services Foundation with the 2010 Turkey Trot, an annual race held on Thanksgiving morning. An experienced runner, Heather served on the event committee and ensured its success.

Bob Jacobs

Bob Jacobs is a committed and passionate volunteer, serving as an officer on both the Porter-Starke Services and the Porter-Starke Services Foundation Board of Directors. He received this award to honor his persistent effort and significant support in serving as the Chair of the Art of Healing Gala. While the event is no longer in existence, Bob's legacy and leadership can still be seen.

Dr. Larry Baas

Since 2008, Dr. Larry Baas and students at Valparaiso University's Community Research and Service Center have researched and reported on the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse among our County's youth. His efforts have helped to raise awareness of this growing issue, brought thousands of dollars to the County to combat substance abuse and resulted in the development of numerous best practice prevention programs that help make a difference in the lives of many.

Steve Massa and Pat Puffer

As co-chairs of the 2008 Art of Healing Committee, Steve Massa and Pat Puffer tirelessly pursued businesses and individuals to gain support for the event. Together they chaired the most successful fundraising effort in the Foundation's history; the event brought in over $50,000, which was used to support behavioral healthcare services.

Denise Koebcke

Denise was responsible for developing the CASS program in Valparaiso Community School system. The program is designed to reduce bullying, substance abuse, and other behavioral issues by providing peer mentors to elementary school students. Denise continues to act as an instructor for the CASS program and witnesses first-hand the positive impact the program has made on our community's youth.