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Joe Seroogy 2011 Silver Knight Award recipient; to be honored at De Pere Community Night at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, October 5, 2011
by Nina Nolan,, (920) 403-4011

Joe Seroogy has been named the 2011 Civis Princeps Silver Knight Award winner at St. Norbert College. Seroogy will be honored at the De Pere Community Night dinner and award ceremony in the Hendrickson Dining Room of the F.K. Bemis International Center on the college campus on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is open to the public, and reservations must be made by Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Seroogy has been quietly devoted to serving the De Pere community for decades. He is dedicated to preserving the history of De Pere through his extensive work with the De Pere Historical Society, researching local photographs to identify people and city landmarks for more than ten years. As a result of his work, the Society's membership has tripled and its photo archives have quadrupled during this time. He has been a member of the Society's board of directors for the past ten years.

A St. Norbert College music alumnus, Seroogy helped found the St. Norbert Community Band 20 years ago and plays the euphonium in the band's concerts. He served on the board of directors for the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra for nine years, and served seven years as its artistic advisory chair. He is a great supporter of music education both in the De Pere High schools and at St. Norbert College.

Seroogy is also a member of the De Pere Chamber of Commerce, supports the annual Brown County MS Walk, and honors Gold Star mothers with an entry in the Kiwanis Memorial Day parade each year. He has been a member of the New Bridge Celebration committee, Main Street board, the Kress Family Branch Library capital campaign committee, the Encompass Early Childhood board of directors and three De Pere school advisory committees.

Born and raised in De Pere, Seroogy and his brother Jim have further served the community as co-owners of Seroogy's Chocolates for more than 30 years. The business, started by their grandfather in 1899, sponsors the annual Seroogy's Valentine Run/Walk with proceeds benefitting a local non-profit organization.

The Silver Knight Award ceremony was initiated in 1967 by St. Norbert College president Dennis M. Burke, O.Praem., to acknowledge those people in our community who have gone the extra mile to make this a better world in which to live. De Pere Community Night recognizes a resident of De Pere who exemplifies the Norbertine tradition of self-emptying service to the community.

The cost of the dinner is $20 per person, with a cash bar. For more information or to make reservations, contact Nina Nolan in the Office of Communications at St. Norbert College at (920) 403-4011.

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