Hospice Foundation

As veterans and community leaders, Bob Beutter and Joe Kernan epitomize this definition of “hero.” Joe served in the Navy, Bob in the Army. Joe was South Bend’s mayor. Bob was mayor of Mishawaka. They served their cities (and in Joe’s case, our state) through an era of change and growth.

Both have strong ties to two of Indiana’s top institutions of higher learning. Bob received his undergraduate degree in business and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Notre Dame where he was also a member of the baseball team.

To honor their service to our country – as representatives of the many veterans of the United States Armed Forces – Center for Hospice Care presented the 2016 Helping Hands Award to Bob Beutter and Joe Kernan.

They were honored at the 32nd Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner, held on Wednesday, May 4th at the Hilton Garden Inn. The festivities included a moving performance by the Andrews Sisters-esque group Victory Belles.

Proceeds from this year’s dinner will be used to construct a veteran’s memorial on the grounds of CHC’s Mishawaka Campus. If you would still like to make a donation in honor of Bob and Joe, please contact Cyndy Searfoss at 574.277.4203 or searfossc@centerforhospice.org.

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Dinner Sponsors

Dinner Champion

Art Decio

Dinner Presenters

1st Source Bank
The Tire Rack
Carmi and Chris Murphy
University of Notre Dame

Dinner Benefactors

Beacon Health Group Robert J. Hiler Family Foundation
Linda and Bipin Doshi Saint Joseph Health System
Gurley-Leep Automotive Group Stephanie and Todd Schurz
IOI Pay Strefling Foundation

Reception Benefactors

The Beutter Family/Children Anna and Sam Milligan
Burkhart-Miller Family Quality Dining
Maura and Walter Halloran Teachers Credit Union


Alick's Home Medical Jim Gibbons Ara Parseghian
Barnes & Thornburg Dianne and Michael Kelbel Senior 1 Care
Aaron Bradford Judith and Herbert Kuzmich Kathryn Shields
Mary Pat and Bob Deputy Theresa and Rob Meyers South Bend Clinic
Ann and John Firth Michiana Moving and Storage Studebaker National Museum
Dan Fitzpatrick Mary and Phil Newbold Ida and Perry Watson
John Foegley Mary Pat and Dick Nussbaum Roberta and Ben Ziolkowski

Honor Table Sponsors

IOI Pay Mutual Bank Recycled/New Pallets
Marijo and Kevin Kelly NIPSCO  


Dinner Committee

Honorary Chairs

Carmi and Chris Murphy

Dinner Chairs

Nancy and Wendell Walsh

Dinner Committee

Linda and Bipin Doshi Lorraine and Chris Karam Anna and Sam Milligan
Angie and Phil Faccenda Marijo and Kevin Kelly Mary and Phil Newbold
Ann and John Firth Nancy and Najeeb Khan Mary Pat and Dick Nussbaum
Jody and Mike Freid Ann Rathburn-Lacopo and Frank Lacopo Tonya and Tim Sexton
Catherine and John Hiler Karen and Mike Leep Barb and Reg Wagle