Since 2012, Funk Harmony Park has given The George Bonin Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (also known as “The Bonsey“) to a member of the South Bend community who actively seeks to make a positive difference in the South Bend Community and the world at large.
The Bonesy is well on its way to becoming one of the most sought after accolades among those individuals who exhibit the same morals, values and work ethic that can be witnessed in the award’s namesake, Mr. George Bonin.
“George is an outstanding member of his community and a good friend to many. He also has a great sense of humor and allowed us to create an award in his honor.”
– T.J. Kanczuzewski.
Individuals are nominated by the community and submitted to Funk Harmony Park. The winner of the award is decided by Funk Harmony Park after weighing their merits and achievements. The Bonsey is then presented to the winner in front of the crowd at Funk Harmony Park’s annual holiday show.
Past Winners of The Bonsey:
2017 – Vegetable Buddies
For the entire staff at Vegetable Buddies for bringing live music to downtown South Bend.
2016 – The Brick
For the entire staff at The Brick for helping us throw this event every year.
2015 – Kareemah Fowler
For her work as the City Clerk of South Bend, IN.
2014 – Mayor Peter Buttigieg
For his work with the City of South Bend, IN.
2013 – Andrew Berlin
For his work with the South Bend Cubs minor league baseball team.
2012 – Aaron Perri
For his work with Downtown South Bend (DTSB).