Elkhart County’s Business Legacy Hall of Fame & Gala


Since its inception, Elkhart County has been known for its entrepreneurs, innovation and business leadership. Building on this, Junior Achievement & Lemonade Day serving Elkhart County is excited to announce our annual Business Legacy (Hall of Fame) Gala.


Your Invitation

This is a black tie event and will have a featured speaker as well as a formal awards / recognition banquet. We wish to invite you and to engage your presence and participation by sponsoring a table for our event. There are many ways to help this community prosper, and this is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our youth, all the while making difference in our home towns.

Thank you for your time, attention, and for your appearance. It would be a great honor to have you a part of this extraordinary evening.


2018 Elkhart County Business Legacy Gala

Join us in celebrating Elkhart County’s 3rd annual Business Hall Of Fame induction

Special Guest: Michael Holthouse

Saturday
August 25th
6:00PM – 9:00PM

Lerner Theatre
Crystal Ballroom
410 S Main St
Elkhart

Formal Cocktail Attire


Michael Holthouse is best known in the business world as founder and President of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company. As an INC. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” winner, Michael grew Paranet in 6 years to 27 offices, 1600 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million and ultimately sold the company to Sprint in 1997.

Since then he has focused on philanthropy, investments and a variety of business interests. His philanthropic venture which has been a fixture in Elkhart County since 2013, Lemonade Day, prepares youth for life through a fun, proactive, and experiential community wide education event teaching youth how to start, own and operate their very own “Lemonade Business”.



Sponsorships

Presenting Event Sponsor (1)

$10,000

  • Option of serving as honorary chairman(s) of the event
  • Welcomes attendees through a speaking role at the event
  • Recognized as presenting sponsor on programs and website
  • Recognized during program on the video projection screens
  • Receive 8 tickets to the event with preferred seating
  • Invited to participate in any media events
  • A representative and guest welcomed at the VIP reception

Traveling Hall Of Fame Sponsor (1)

$5,000

  • Recognized on all 11 banners traveling Elkhart County in 2018
  • Recognized on all videos on projector throughout program
  • Receive 8 tickets to the event
  • Recognized on our website as traveling Hall Of Fame sponsor
  • A representative and guest welcomed at the VIP reception

Award Nomination Sponsor (10)

$5,000

  • Recognized as the award nomination sponsor on programs
  • Recognized during program on the video projection screens
  • Present chosen award to recipient
  • Receive 8 tickets to the event
  • Invited to participate in any media events
  • Welcomed at our VIP reception

VIP Cocktail Hospitality Lounge Sponsor (1)

$3,000

  • Recognized as the official VIP reception sponsor during both the reception and the gala event
  • Recognized on programs and website
  • Recognized during program on the video projection screens
  • Receive 8 tickets to the event
  • A representative and guest welcomed at the VIP reception

Silent Auction Sponsor (5)

$3,000

  • Recognized as an auction sponsor on programs
  • Recognized during program on the video projection screens
  • Receive 8 tickets to the event

Table Sponsor

$2,000

  • Receive 8 tickets to the event

Individual Ticket

$250

 


All sponsors $5,000 & above are invited to a special VIP hour with our guests at 5pm before the event from 5 pm to 6 pm

Award Name & Categories

The recognition of these individuals are meant to preserve the history of Elkhart while celebrating our current business leaders for their leadership in our community. The recipients will be inducted into our “Business Hall of Fame” which will be a plaque with their story that will be displayed in a public setting.



The Havilah Beardsley Recognition

This award is presented to a “young entrepreneur” that has shown innovation and leadership in regards to creating a new business. The criterion for this award is for any young professional that has started a business and is the age of 35 years old or under.

At the age of 35 Havilah Beardsley created the first mill in Elkhart and later purchased the land, which is now downtown Elkhart. He is the father of Elkhart and has proven that young entrepreneurs can make a significant impact and legacy.


The C.G Conn Recognition

This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution to manufacturing.

Charles Gerard Conn was as an Army Captain and POW during the Civil War. He later the inventor of the rubber-rimmed mouthpiece in 1875 and then founded CG Conn band instrument company which helped put Elkhart on the map as the band instrument capital of the world.


Business Legacy Hall Of Fame Award Winners


2016 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners


2017 Award Winners

2017 Award Winners


2017 Award Winners

2018 Award Winners



Traveling Hall of Fame Exhibit



Each year, the 10 inductees to the Business Legacy Hall of Fame and their stories are displayed on a traveling exhibit that is developed and curated by Ruthmere. It travels to free public venues across the county. Since the first traveling hall of fame exhibit began in March of 2017, over 17,000 people have seen it and it has been displayed at 9 different venues to date.

Special Thanks to Ruthmere


Brought to you by our Presenting Sponsors

 

 
 

VIP Cocktail Hospitality Lounge Sponsor, Kahn Associates


 

Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor

Woman Owned/ In Business Award Sponsor

Traveling Hall of Fame & Minority Owned/In Business Award Sponsor

Manufacturing Award Sponsor

Retail, Logistics and Distribution Award Sponsor

Young Entrepreneur Award Sponsor

Community Impact Award Sponsorship

Education Award Sponsor

Healthcare Award Sponsor

Technology Award Sponsor