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South Bend Community Hall of Fame

Inductees named for South Bend Community Hall of Fame

SOUTH BEND - Four men, two women and a family will be inducted this November into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame, HOF Chairman James Kapsa said.

"As we celebrate South Bend's history during this sesquicentennial year, these individuals present the enduring mosaic of talent, service and heritage which make our community a vibrant place to live,'' Kapsa said.

The Hall of Fame Banquet, sponsored by the South Bend Alumni Association, is an official SB150 event. It will take place November 17 at Century Center.The 2015 inductees are:

Elijah Anderson - A South Bend Central High School graduate, he is the Lanman Professor of Sociology at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. Anderson has written and edited numerous books, articles and scholarly reports on race in American cities.When honoring Professor Anderson's career, the American Sociological Association noted the he "has produced illuminating and thought-provoking accounts of how people - especially African Americans and the urban poor - understand and conduct their lives under the shattering impacts of deindustrialization, drug wars, gentrification, growing wealth gap, and enduring manifestation of racial discrimination''Jody Freid -- A community activist, Freid has lent her organizational skills and enthusiasm to such causes at the American Cancer Society, Broadway Theatre League, Irish Youth Hockey, Human Rights Commission, YMCA, YWCA, Stanley Clark School, the College Hall of Fame Committee, Temple Beth-El, Sinai Synagogue, the Jewish Federal and various political campaigns. Freid was a driving force behind "Friends of Faye,'' which has raised more than $1 million for ALS research. She currently is involved with the SB150 committee.John (Jack) McGann - He started working at the South Bend Tribune in 1964 and retired as editor and publisher. He has served as chairman of $1 million Campaign of Art Foundation; chairman of 1981 United Way Campaign, raising $2.7 million; and co-chairman of the YWCA Capital Fund Drive, raising $800,000. He was board chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County; board chairman of Project Future, president of the Board of Trustees of South Bend Regional Museum of Art; creator and chairman of Sunburst Marathon; president of the board of Junior Achievement; and a member of Michiana Health Care Coalition, St. Joseph County Park Foundation, Center City Associates and the Committee of Seven.

Jane Miller - She has been a Superior Court judge since 2006. She has served on the board of the Family & Children's Center and as special advocate in for the CASA program. Miller designed the "Kid's Court'' program and started CASIE Center. She was a deputy prosecutor for 13 years, designated to handle cases in which children were victims, such as child abuse and neglect. She is currently bringing a Veterans' Court to our court system that will allow veterans to be diverted to treatment programs when facing all but the most serious criminal charges. From 1998-2013 she coached scores of Adams HS students in mock trial program. "Jane's House" is a local residential house for women with substance abuse problems/part of the clinical operations at Life Treatment Centers.

Benito Salazar - He was a founder and one of the first directors of La Casa de Amistad, serving on its board of directors for more than a decade. Salazar served more than 40 years as director of the "Celestial Choir'' at St. Adalbert's Catholic Church. He has been a Boy Scout scoutmaster, member of The Salvation Army's Kroc Community Center arts committee and helped coordinate United Way of St. Joseph County's annual campaign for more than 28 years. In 2013 he was honored as a "Trailblazer" for efforts to further civil rights and this year was awarded an Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award by 1st Source Bank.

The Veldman Family - The Veldman family emigrated from the Netherlands to the South Bend community in the 1950s and early 1960s. Peter and Wilma Veldman were the first to arrive here in 1952. Their home and the family businesses that they founded provided an initial residence and employment for many of Pete's brothers, sisters and family when they immigrated to America. Brothers Al, Ted and Willy, and brother-in-law John Wynen, all became partners with Pete in the Standard Oil service station, automotive repair shop, lawn and garden center, and tire, battery and accessory distributorship businesses that they operated on the West Side of South Bend. In time, they each founded their own family businesses in South Bend. Today, first and second generation Veldman family businesses in our community include All Secure Self-Storage, Hose Assemblies, Midwest Orthotic & Technology Center, Springwise Facility Manage, Veldman's Auto Parts, Veldman's Service Center, Tire Rack and WISSCO Irrigation.

Already a large family, the Veldman family also has been blessed by some 25 adopted children. The Veldmans are great believers in the South Bend community and have been proponents of many education and community building efforts here, including their support for Catholic primary and secondary schools and Henry Veldman's leadership role in the establishment and early growth of youth soccer in the Michiana area.Thomas S. Stanfield - The 2015 historical inductee, Thomas Stanfield, was born in 1814 and came to South Bend in 1831. The "History of South Bend'' says "After Alexis Coquillard, there is no man to whom St. Joseph County is more largely indebted than to Thomas S. Stanfield." The county "was ultimately indebted (to him) for the first railroads that entered the territory." He was South Bend's first assistant postmaster, and in 1845was elected to the State Legislature. He ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor as a Whig, then in 1853 became judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit. He was one of the organizers of First National Bank (with five others), the forerunner of 1st Source Bank, and was a member of the city council.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, awards will be given to honor the achievements of other individuals and organizations. The 2015 award honorees are:

WNIT, the local PBS affiliate, the Corporate Contributions to Education Award. The public education television station has enhanced television broadcasting in our community and promoted news and documentaries about the people and places that make us unique. It produces local programs about community affairs; government and politics; biographies about community leaders, and other topics. Its move from Elkhart to downtown South Bend has enabled it to grow, while contributing to the revitalization of the downtown area.Kevin Smith, Distinguished Achievement Award. Smith bought the former Union Station in 1979, shortly after graduating from Notre Dame. He housed his family's business, Deluxe Sheet Metal, there, before converting the former train station into a technology center. More recently, he acquired the former Studebaker assembly plant, now known as Ivy Tower, and is renovating it for use as an expanded version of the Union Station Technology Center. He already has spent almost $10 million and expects to spend another $17.5 million on the project that may take up to ten years to complete.St. Margaret's House, Community Service Award. The facility is celebrating 25 years of providing assistance to women and children of the South Bend community. It started as a safe place for women and children to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer, but eventually expanded to offer meals, showers, clothing, laundry facilities, counseling and other programs.

Evie Kirkwood, Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service Award. Kirkwood has been the county parks superintendent for many years. During a time of increasing budget constraints, she has managed to keep the parks vibrant and meaningful. She also uses her time and knowledge to educate the public about the value of preserving and maintaining our natural resources.

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