3210 Campbell St., Valparaiso, IN 219.462.5144 219.465.0098

Friends & Legends Reception

Valpo Parks Foundation hosts its annual "Celebrating Friends & Legends" reception each May. The recognition event serves to honor those who lend support and volunteer to aid in the mission of the Foundation. The "Art & Irene Malasto Legends Award" is presented to give recognition and appreciation to a person or business that has supported the Valpo Parks in a significant way through volunteer service, leadership, and/or gifts of financial support. Their commitments to the Parks mission of positively impacting the Quality of Life in our community have inspired others to follow in their example. Please join us at this year's event on May 4, 2017, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Over 250 community leaders and friends are expected to attend.

The 2016 Malasto Legends Award recipients were Bruce and July Leetz, Valparaiso residents and owners of Indiana Beverage Company. Bruce and Judy, their families and their hometown business remain generous supporters of and advocates for the Parks Department and Foundation.
In 2011, the main gateway into Central Park Plaza from Lincolnway was donated by them, proclaiming "Valparaiso, Our Vale of Paradise - to live, to love, to leave a legacy," a symbol to their belief in the spirit of Valparaiso. 

Most recently, the Leetzes were a major proponent of the expansion at Central Park, donating the funds to support the meeting center which also houses the ice skate rental and concession area, named in honor of their company for the next ten years: Indiana Beverage Activity Center. 

The 2016 Legendary Friends Award was presented former Valparaiso Mayor David A. Butterfield, a hometown hero with a long history of portraying what it means to be a Valparaisian. The David A. Butterfield Family Pavilion stands proudly at the Old Fairgrounds Park in honor of his dedication to promoting and supporting parks and their community importance. Butterfield officially served his community for 20 years as mayor; he is very deserving of this Legendary Friend recognition.  

For information on upcoming Foundation events, email the Parks Foundation at hpierce@valpo.us or call 219-462-5144. 

Album Link: Former Mayor David Butterfield received "Legendary Friend" Award and Bruce & Judy Leetz, the "Art & Irene Malasto Legends Award" on May 5, 2016 at the annual recognition event.

Thank you to our Friends & Legends event sponsors!


Indiana Beverage


Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans

The support of our  Foundation Partners  and event sponsors helps fund our Foundation events and projects. For sponsorship information, contact Director of Development Lisa Kusbel

For more information regarding this and other Valpo Parks Foundation events please contact Helene Pierce at 219.462.5144.


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