More than 250 local business leaders, elected officials and hospitality professionals gathered to celebrate the holiday and a year of good cheer at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Each year, at the holiday reception, the South Shore CVA honors outstanding individuals and businesses that represent the hospitality industry and contribute to tourism along the South Shore. This year marked the 32nd annual celebration.

Awards were given to the following organizations and individuals:

Comfort Inn, Hammond

2015 Hotel of the Year


ChicagoLand Popcorn, Hobart

2015 Attraction of the Year


Stadium Sports Bar & Grill (Ameristar), East Chicago

2015 Restaurant of the Year


Chris Kaemerer

Ramencon Anime Convention

2015 Bring It Home Hero


The Diggz of Northwest Indiana, Hobart

2015 Bring It Home Hero


Griffith Town Council

2015 Elected Officials of the Year

"Each year we honor businesses that have made substantial improvements and contributed to the hospitality industry to improve the region for residents as well as visitors," said Speros A. Batistatos, President/CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

Photos available on request.