Blue skies, perfect temperatures and a slight breeze made Friday an ideal day for a golf outing.
Although it was Friday the 13th, the bad luck must have spared the Hobart Chamber of Commerce as perfect conditions were present for their annual golf outing at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville.
“It was beautiful weather for golf,” said Lisa Winstead, the newly appointed executive director of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce. “We had some donuts for breakfast and have the luncheon going on after the outing.”
The event’s two main sponsors were St. Mary Medical Center (part of the larger Community Healthcare Systems) and Teleperformance, a customer service call center that handles incoming service calls for participating businesses.
“St. Mary always has a great turnout, and this is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Dee Bedella, president of the Hobart Chamber board and patient advocate at St. Mary. “The turnout was great, too.”
That turnout included 75 golfers, or 18 groups of four, including one group from St. Mary.
“I thought the event was very successful, as are all events for the Hobart Chamber,” said Donna Vurva, vice president and branch manager of Peoples Bank and a member of the Chamber board. “It’s nice to see everyone come together and Lisa (Winstead) did a great job of putting it all together.”
Winstead is a native of Hobart and was recently appointed executive director of the chamber after serving for seven years as an administrative assistant before being named interim director. Now as the official leader of the group, Bedella says the Chamber is in great hands.
“She has earned it,” Bedella said. “She has already brought in new customers, is well-liked and a strong force for us.”
The Hobart Chamber involves 350 businesses in Hobart and the surrounding area and is “growing strong,” Winstead said.
Also as part of the Chamber’s monthly luncheon that followed the outing, one lucky member received a one-year membership to Innsbrook, which is normally valued at $4,500. The “Chips for Charity” part of the outing also garnered more than $200 for the Hobart Humane Society.