Patriot Brunch 2019


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    Join the Lake Court House Foundation as it honors hometown standouts James Frosythe and Richard Schweitzer when it welcomes Patriot Week 2019 with our annual Patriot Brunch.

    The Lake Court House Foundation Patriot Brunch is the undisputed highlight of a week dedicated to our military and civilian heroes. This year’s event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Maki Ballroom of the Historic Lake Court House in downtown Crown Point.

In a pair of firsts, the community will gather to honor two highly deserving individuals, both of whom were nominated by the public.

     An Army veteran and former Crown Point mayor, James Forsythe is the recipient of the 2019 Military Patriot of the Year. Forsythe, who served in World War II and the Korean War, is a member of the Crown Point VFW and American Legion. As part of those memberships, the 94-year-old continues to be involved in veterans events and causes.

     Richard Schweitzer, a longtime businessman and philanthropist has been named the 2019 Citizen Patriot of the Year. Schweitzer, 87, headed Crown Point-based Superior Petroleum for decades before turning over leadership to his children. A dedicated philanthropist, he has made the community better through consistent donations of both his talents and treasure.

     The Patriot Brunch is the largest fundraiser supporting the 141-year-old Historic Lake Court House, and will feature entertainment and a silent auction.

     Tickets to this sell-out event are on sale now. VIP tickets are $150 per person; standard tickets are $100. VIP tickets include a table concierge. Tickets may be purchased online at  or by phoning 219-663-0660.

Civilian, military patriot honorees selected


Military, Citizen Patriot Award winners selected from public nominees

Crown Point – After a first-ever public nomination process, the Lake Court House Foundation has selected its 2019 Patriot Award winners.

Veteran and former Crown Point mayor James Forsythe has been named the 2019 military Patriot Award winner while businessman and philanthropist Richard Sweitzer has been named the citizen Patriot Award honoree.

The honorees were selected from nominations submitted by the public. This is the first time the Lake Court House Foundation has turned to the public for help finding honorees. 

“We wanted the community to have a role in identifying honorees,” Carrie Napoleon, managing director of the Lake Court House Foundation, said. “It was very exciting to see the nominations. The public helped find nominees we may not have known about.”

Dan Klein and Craig Achtzehn, who made up the nomination committee, were tasked with evaluating the nominees and then presenting their choices for the citizen and military honor to the full Patriot Brunch committee for a final vote. 

Mr. Schweitzer, 87, is the former owner of Superior Petroleum, a 98-year family business in Crown Point. He has been a long-time supporter of the Historic Lake Courthouse and a dedicated philanthropist.

Mr. Forsythe, 94, is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He is a member of the Crown Point VFW and American Legion, among other affiliations and has been actively involved in veterans’ events and causes.

Each year the Lake Court House Foundation celebrates the spirit of patriotism and civic duty when it launches Patriot Week in September by hosting the Patriot Brunch in the Maki Ballroom of the Historic Lake Court House.

The Patriot Brunch is an opportunity to celebrate the patriotism of a past or present Lake County resident who embodies the spirit of community, said Carrie Napoleon, managing director of the Lake Court House Foundation. Past honorees have included the late Mr. Dean White, Jerry Ross, Char and Gary Miller, and Frank Schilling.

Sponsors for this event, which helps fund the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the historic Lake Court House, also are needed. For more information on how you or your business can help, please contact the Foundation at 219-663-0660 or Carrie Napoleon at