Hardesty Nominations Being Sought for Annual Philanthropic Efforts

 Nominations are being sought for an annual award that recognizes charitable contributions and community involvement.

The Starke County Community Foundation says the James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award celebrates the efforts made by both individuals and charitable organizations in the local area.

This is the second year the award will be bestowed. Last year’s winners were Marilyn and Mathew Swanson of Bass Lake. The Community Foundation says individual awards will alternate with the organizational awards, meaning a group making an impact on Starke County will be recognized for their efforts.

The award’s namesake comes from Jim Hardesty’s legacy of giving back to the town of Hamlet. His donations constitute the largest single donor gift in any of the three county area served by the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.