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Fort Wayne’s 2017 Ernestine M. Raclin Award Winners Announced

1st Source Bank has awarded four Fort Wayne area business leaders the 2017 Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award. The four Fort Wayne recipients are part of a larger group of ten from Northern Indiana.

Recipients from Fort Wayne include:

Troy Smith, partner, owner, and practicing Physical Therapist at Indiana Physical Therapy in Fort Wayne, Indiana is a champion for children in the community through volunteer service as prior board chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, where he also participates in Real Men Read, and with Central Lutheran School, where he led the capital campaign to raise $6.75 million dollars to expand school programs.

Dave Umber, CEO of the family owned and operated Umbers Do-It Best Hardware in Ft. Wayne; is a faith-filled mentor in the community. After surviving cancer, he mentors other men who have been

diagnosed with the disease as they journey through discovery, treatment, fear of loss, and celebration of

survival. He is also a foster parent with his wife, and volunteers with Homebound Meals, Inc., Blue Jacket, Inc., and the Waynedale Improvement Team.

Tom Western, owner of Western Farms in Whitley County of Ft. Wayne has always had a passion for making the community a better place to live and a goal of leaving it better than when he found it. Tom was a volunteer fireman for over 40 years, and served the Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Cooperative Board for 30 years. He now serves on the local Whitley County 4H Club Board and Whitley County Council.

Camille Garrison, Marketing Director at Kingston Residence Assisted Living in Fort Wayne; loves taking care of the senior citizens and veterans in her community. Camille is the co-founder for the Waynedale Community Improvement Team and brought bridge expansion, sidewalk widening and trail connection projects to her community. She is also a leader in the Northeast Indiana Honor Flight Board.

These four community volunteers were selected for embodying the spirit, values, passion and leadership of Ernestine M. Raclin, past Chairman of 1st Source Bank and 1st Source Corporation. Award recipients receive a personal cash award, a donation to the charity of their choice and a Globe of Leadership.