Mary Lou Schwartz Award

Mary Lou Schwartz Award


This award is presented annually at the Junior League of South Bend’s Holiday Ball in honor and memory of Junior League of South Bend member and community volunteer, Mary Lou Schwartz. Established in 2003, this award recognizes the volunteer contributions of an outstanding woman from our community who exemplifies the successful volunteer fundraising spirit and ability demonstrated by the award’s namesake.



Past Winners

2016 Pat Cressy
2015  Donna Pfeil
2014  Pamela Mullin
2013  Sandra Rousseve
2012  Kathleen Seidl
2011  Pam Jarrett
2010  Marijo Kelly
2009  Ernestine Raclin
2008  Joan Lennon
2007  Jane Warner
2006  Kate Voelker
2005  Jane Wright
2004  Mary Jane Stanley
2003  Margaret King


Current Award Winner
Julie (Johnson) Schwartz is the 2017 recipient of the Mary Lou Schwartz Award.  A member of Junior League since 1991, she volunteered primarily on the fundraising committees of Junior League including chair of Holiday Ball.  Other committees she worked on included cookbook, internal, and HealthWorks! Kids Museum. She also served as the Junior League representative to Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka. The “fundraising bug” was passed to her early in her time in Junior League as her mother-in-law, Mary Lou Schwartz encouraged her membership.  “Mary Lou was a huge influence on many women in our community.  Her energy for fundraising and Junior League were contagious.  I believe her passion for fundraising was a special gift she brought to League as she was a tireless encourager of all that could be done by the women in League.  She was excellent at detail and a mentor for how to rally a community to a cause.  She was an inspiration to me as she was always available to support me.”  Julie attributes her ability to be a community fundraiser as a family commitment and believes her husband Jim is her “secret weapon” in her success.

Julie and Jim’s fundraising efforts have benefited organizations such as; Carnival for the Arts, Prairie Vista PTO,  United Health Services, YMCA of Michiana and HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum.  The majority of Julie’s effort in fundraising in the past 15 years have been for the P-H-M Education Foundation in the creation of the Corporations for Education division and the building of the PHMEF endowment.