"With these awards, the college recognizes corporate entities that are an integral part of the Northwest Indiana landscape," said Thomas Katsahnias
, Calumet College
of St. Joseph chairman of the board of trustees. Katsahnias
noted the numerous civic activities U.S. Steel and Horseshoe engage in and also the contributions made by both firms.
"U.S. Steel, a backbone of the community for nearly a century, evinces its leadership through more than $1 million in contributions annually to the Lake Area United Way and employee board and committee appointments," Katsahnias
told a crowd of nearly 500 people.
In noting the achievements of the Horseshoe Casino, Katsahnias
said the casino has been "one of the few recent bright spots in our local economy." He
added: "Their impact has gone far beyond the taxes they have paid and the mandated responsibilities they have shouldered.
From the outset, one of our newest corporations, the Horseshoe Casino, has had owners, managers and employees who recognize that the giving of time, energy and creativity is crucial to the ongoing success of any enterprise."
The ball is the major fund-raising event sponsored by the college's board of trustees.Money is used to provide scholarships to many of the college's 1,000 students. Calumet College
of St. Joseph is a private Catholic college with campuses at 2400 New York Ave., Whiting; 10 W. 35th St., Chicago; and 2400 Louisiana St., Merrillville.