Michigan City, IN – Sept. 27, 2021 – The Gardens in Michigan City provided a scenic backdrop for Dunebrook’s “Cocktails in the Garden” event on Sept. 16. The event, underwritten in part by American Licorice and ADS/Acme Communications, invited guests to enjoy food from Social Q BBQ, Rolling Stonebaker and
South Bend Chocolates and beverages from Patrick’s Grille while enjoying mingling and an auction with one-of-a-kind items, fine wine and dining and sports collectibles.
Board President, Tony Gillisee, said that Dunebrook wanted to do something a little different to celebrate being
safely back together with our old and new friends. “The Cocktail event gave us the chance to showcase this gem
we have in Michigan City while raising such vital funds for our work at Dunebrook.”
Congratulations to our Award Recipients!
A highlight of the evening was presenting the Lester Radke Community Service Award, which recognizes
individuals whose selfless passion for Dunebrook’s work in supporting our community’s families resembles
Les, whose work touched thousands of lives. Tim and Katy Gartland, along with their daughters Norah and
Natalie, received the 2020 Radke Award, and Bob Nielsen and Jeff Nielsen received the 2021 Radke Award.
Jeanne Ann Cannon commented, “The Gartlands and Nielsens have been tremendous ambassadors for our work
at Dunebrook for many years. They understand that the key to children reaching their potential begins at home,
and that it truly takes a village to raise a child.”
New this year, Dunebrook presented “Spirit of the Child” Awards to volunteer Dave DeLau and to the
Lakeshore Career Network, for their tireless efforts to bring awareness and support to Dunebrook as its
Spotlight Organization in 2020 and 2021.
Cannon stated, “Every year, the demand for Dunebrook’s services grows, and events like Cocktails in the
Garden are essential to help us continue providing these very important services to families, and to do so
without cost to them. Generosity from our community supports our programs like Body Safety, which is seen
by thousands of children every year at their school.”
Proceeds from the evening support Dunebrook’s Healthy Families Program which provide home visitation to
expectant and new parents; the Child Advocacy Center which conducts forensic interviews upon request of law
enforcement and child protection, provides family advocacy and contracted therapy; delivers parenting
education through group and individual family sessions; and presents Body Safety, Safer Smarter Kids/Teens
and Stewards of Children in schools and agencies across the Region.
For more information about enrolling in Dunebrook’s programs, volunteering or to request a speaker, call
219/874-0007 or visit www.dunebrook.org. Follow Dunebrook on Facebook and tune in to the Tuesdays at Ten
livestream to learn more about what is happening at Dunebrook and our community.