Thu, 06/23/2022 - 8:00am to 10:00am

Valparaiso, IN – June 23, 2022: Opportunity Enterprises (OE) will host their annual Celebration of Achievement award ceremony at Aberdeen Manor on June 23, 2022 at with doors opening at 8:00 am. This recognition breakfast highlights the successes of many by presenting awards and accolades to individuals with disabilities in recognition of outstanding achievement. Awards also are presented to outstanding volunteers, staff, and businesses for supporting individuals with disabilities. An inspirational program will be hosted by John Freyek, OE’s Board Chair and Senior Relationship Manager at First Merchants Bank.

Clients, staff, volunteers, and businesses are nominated by OE employees and a blind vote is then held by OE’s Board of Directors who have the difficult yet rewarding task of selecting award recipients. Individuals being honored and recognized recognized this year are:

Clients of the Year: Samantha Brobeck, Daily Living Skills; Michael Lain, Enriching Possibilities; Linda Long, Renewed Horizons; Jessica Kotvasz, Thrive; Matt Leuck-Myers, Residential; Patrick Kansoer, Social Enterprises; and Skyler Lang, JobSource.

Advocates of the Year: Sandy Bodnar & Cathy Greenawald, Jeanne Baird Volunteers of the Year; Teresa Torres, Jessica Wolfe Outstanding Direct Support Professional; Jane Kobak, Outstanding Staff Member; Continental, JobSource Partner; and UFS Corporation, Business of the Year.

“This is one of my favorite Opportunity Enterprises events,” states Neil Samahon, president and CEO. “Our Celebration of Achievement truly does highlight that Success is Within Everyone’s Reach, no matter the abilities of an individual. This event truly is mission-centric highlight to those who support our organization the true impact of their generosity. This year is even more special because our event is being held on the 55th Birthday of OE,” Samahon states further.

The 2022 Celebration of Achievement Awards Ceremony is presented by Urschel Laboratories Philanthropic Committee, and is also made possible by lead sponsors, including: The Times Media Group, Komyatte & Casbon Attorneys at Law, Chester, Inc., NIPSCO, Steel Cities Steels, Inc., Centier Bank, First Source Bank, First Merchants Bank, Oak Partners Inc., Teachers Credit Union, Healthlinc, Lerner and Rowe, M.E. Simpson and Co., Inc., Gibson, The Grossbauer Group, 27 Entertainment and Johnston Landscaping. Celebration of Achievement will feature a morning full of inspiring stories and success. Learn more about the event or make a gift by visiting Tickets are $25 per person. Contact Event Specialist, Emily Yiannias, for more information at or 219-464-9621 ext. 333.

About Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.

For 55 years, Opportunity Enterprises has worked to maximize the self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. OE is in the business of amazing people serving 1,000 people annually with disabilities in Northwest Indiana with over 360 staff and many of volunteers. For more information, visit