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R.O.S.E Award Winners

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R.O.S.E Award Winners
(Photo Courtesy of Indiana Dunes Tourism. Featured are the Indiana Dunes Tourism
R.O.S.E winners.)
Two northwest Indiana tourism bureau's presented their R.O.S.E Awards on Thursday. The awards recognize those who provide excellent service or otherwise go the extra mile to make their guests feel welcomed and want to return.
The R.O.S.E. Awards ceremony coincides each year with National Travel and Tourism Week. 
What follows is a list of this year’s Porter County R.O.S.E. Award winners:
Hotel of the Year – Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton
Festival of the Year – Hooked on Art
Restaurant of the Year – Kelsey’s Steak House, Valparaiso
Retailer of the Year – Chelle’s
Newcomer of the Year – Hunter’s Brewing
Recreation Location of the Year -- Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Partner of the Year – Valpo Velvet
Putting Porter County on the Map – Thad Donovan
Turning Lemons into Lemonade – Brad Bumgardner
Conservation Award – Taltree Arboretum
Conservation Award – Indiana Dunes State Park
Conservation Award – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Conservation Award – Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Conservation Award – Friends of Indiana Dunes
Professional of the Year – Richard Riley
Hospitality Professional of the year – Lori Guilfoyle
Shining Star –Suzi Galvin
Shining Star – Ashley Goldsmith
Shining Star – Adam Erb
Attraction of the Year – 49er Drive-In Theatre
People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year -- Industrial Revolution
People’s Choice Retailer of the Year – BJ’s Coins & Jewelry
People’s Choice Pub of the Year – Moods Pub
Volunteer of the Year – Rafi Wilkinson

Visit Michigan City LaPorte Convention and Visitor Bureau was a co-host of Thursday’s awards ceremony at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, and they presented their R.O.S.E. Awards. What follows is a list of their winners:

Best Fest Award – Shoreline Brewery’s Red, White and Brew Fest
Employee of the year – Crawford’s Pub & Eatery 
Green Award – Sacha Burns
Landmark Award – Old Lighthouse Museum
LaPorte County Achievement Award – Christine Wiegand and Meridian Title Corporation
Lemonade Award – Ivy Tech Community College, Pejic Campus
Putting LaPorte County on the Map – Bethany Lutheran Church
Outstanding Elected Official Award – Commissioner Dave Decker
Professional of the Year – Ed Fay
Quality of Life/Quality of Place Award – Herb Higgin
Shining Star Award – Alison Brodhacker
Team Effort Award – Crawford’s Pub & Eatery
Unsung Hero Award – Kim Sauers, Dr. Rex Bailey and Fischer Farm
Volunteer of the Year Award – Sophie Koss


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